Plank is all the rage - it’s amazing for back & core strength…….ONLY if doing it THE RIGHT WAY! Being in the wrong position, even slightly, can cause severe neck, wrist and back pain.
When we practise standing & walking with OUR WALL behind us - head, shoulders & butt against the wall with a neutral spine, we are in the SAME POSITION we use for plank!
Standing up in proper posture, holding arms out in front of your shoulders - becomes EXACTLY the RIGHT POSITION for plank... just turn that horizontally on the ground.
Hands pushing out from shoulders, pulling head back, a far distance from your hands, creates the strong neutral spine position. Drawing shoulder blades down your back activates back muscles, and 50-50 weight disgributed between arms & feet creates equal body weight distribution so your wrists don’t feel your entire body weight! Keeping your head, shoulders & butt the same height, focusing on the hip bones & armpits being the same height - you’ve got a great plank happening!
Now - just tighten your core to HOLD THAT POSITION! When you find that "sweet spot" or positioning the RIGHT WAY, you can hold plank for much longer, resulting in strengthening your back, abs, chest and shoulders.