27 Feb '15, 11pm

Core Challenge: How to Execute a Proper Plank

This simple (but versatile) maneuver can help strengthen your center of gravity. Also known as “the bridge,” the plank is a versatile core strengthening exercise that helps athletes improve core stability. The plank has its roots in yoga and, like most yoga poses, involves isometric, or long-hold, muscle contractions. The basic plank is simple: Assume a modified push-up position with your elbows bent 90 degrees and both forearms resting on the floor. Position your elbows directly underneath your shoulders and look straight toward the floor. Your body should form a perfectly straight line from the crown of your head to your heels. Your feet are together with only the toes touching the floor. RELATED: — How To Execute A Proper Burpee — How To Do A Box Jump Hold this position as long as you can, concentrating on keeping your abdominal and low back muscles tightened to prevent...

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