The plank is a simple exercise often included in the best core workout programs. But what happens if you hold a strong plank every single day for a week? A fitness editor decided to find out.
It turns out, you don't have to hold a plank as long as you might think to see results. According to a researcher cited by Yahoo News holding the position for just 10 seconds is enough to train your core.
The plank is an isometric exercise designed to strengthen your body while it works against gravity to maintain the position.
The plank is a beginner-friendly exercise with several variations that can help build core strength. The key to a perfect plank is maintaining the correct form. If you're new to the exercise or returning to training after an injury, it's a good idea to consult a personal trainer first.
After a week of daily planking, some interesting conclusions were drawn. While the participant in the experiment didn't achieve visible abs, he felt his core had nevertheless become stronger.
The plank also helped improve his core activation during running, Pilates, and dog walking.
This enhances performance and helps with running, walking, and strength training with better posture.
Not for everyone
Despite the challenge's success, the participant noted that his back felt better with other exercises than the plank.
Have you ever done the plank, and how long do you usually hold it?