- Support the body on toes and palms, keeping the spine straight and the head looking slightly forwards.
- Engage the core, chest, shoulders, back and arms.
- Engage the quadriceps and push through the heels to keep the legs straight.
- Lengthen the tail bone towards the heels (or pubic bone towards the belly button) and engage the core to support the lower back.
- Widen the shoulder blades and keep the hands shoulder-width apart.
- Keep the feet hip-width apart. Be careful not to collapse the chest.
Cautions and Modified Versions
Avoid bending at the core and keep a straight spine. Participants with wrist issues or weak arms and core should use modifications, placing the elbows or knees on the ground and focus on form.
General and Boxing-specific Benefits
The Plank strengthens the arms, the core and the legs, and builds shoulder stability. Performed on the fists, the plank also strengthens the forearms and stabilizes the wrists.
Spine/Core: Spinal extensors and flexors,
Upper limbs: Serratus anterior, rotator cuff, deltoid, pectoralix major/minor, triceps brachii, pronator quadratus and teres, intrinsic hand and wrist muscles
Lower limbs: Hamstrings, adductor magnus, gluteus maximus, gracilis, intrinsic foot muscles
HELP AND SUPPORT
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