Planks you either love them or hate them right? The oh so simple yet oh so painful workout move. The move that is high up with the instagrammers and the one move you know is always going to be in that HITT class.
In this post i’m going to be sharing why planks should always be included in your workout! No matter what you want to achieve.
It tones EVERYTHING!
There is a common misconception that planks are used just for abdominal workouts, yes planking will help to build and sculpt your abs and it is the best core workout you can get, but it works for your legs, glutes, back, shoulder and arms! That’s nearly a full body workout in just one move!
No equipment needed!
You don’t need a gym membership! Waiting in a queue? drop down gimme 30! (All jokes aside) planks really can be performed anywhere at anytime! You don’t need any specific training or equipment although a yoga mat can come in handy!
Want better posture? you better get planking
Improves your balance and posture! When performing a plank it starts to strengthen the muscles in your back, making it easier to hold a neutral spine and reducing the stress to your back even when your sitting!
Less stress than other abdominal workouts
Wanting insta worthy abs but your back and neck can’t cope with the pressure of sit ups or crunches? Don’t worry planks put a hella lot less stress on your back and neck than sit ups so no excuses!!
No experience necessary!
You can build them up over time! Start off slowly with 10 second planks and repeat 3 times, slowly increase by 5 seconds per week until you can eventually hold 3 – 1 minute planks.