Los Angeles, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/14/2014 -- Planks are one of the greatest workout moves for the abdominal muscles, and not only that, they strengthen the entire body at the same time. If looking to work the core muscles of the stomach, glutes, shoulders and back, this move should be included in any workout routine.
Not only do planks strengthen the entire body, the can improve posture at the same time. By working the back, chest and shoulders, we’re able to stand up straighter and our shoulders automatically shift into where they should be – back towards the spine with the chest up. Stronger abdominal muscles also help lengthen the spine and enable us to stand up straighter for long periods of time.
In addition to strengthening the body, planks also test balance and improve flexibility. Variations of the traditional plank, such as side planks or single leg lifts in a plank require coordination of varying muscle groups and require full engagement of the body in order to stay upright and supported. For flexibility, when we are squeezing and extending the muscles of the thighs, shoulders, and sides we are lengthening these muscle groups and strengthening them at the same time.
Finally, the best thing about planks is that anyone can do them at any fitness level. A beginner can start at the basic level with knees down, or hold a full plank for shorter amounts of time. Advanced athletes can add extensions and rotations to the plank to challenge the body, or even try balancing on one hand and foot only.
Whatever a person’s fitness level, abdominal strength is an essential component of overall fitness and planks are one of the best ways to ensure a strong, supportive core.
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