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Straight Arm Plank

This position is wonderful for conditioning your core and you’ll be working and toning your arms & legs too.  If you’re new to plank then hold the position for 10 seconds and work your way up from that each week. To plank for a longer period takes strength and it takes your whole body to hold it. Your abs, back, hamstrings and glutes are all getting a lesson in endurance, plus you’re working on your balance and your posture.

 

How To Plank Correctly

Start on your hands and knees with arms shoulder width apart. Extend your legs out behind you ensuring they are hip width apart and then lengthen your body into a straight line. Pay close attention to your bum. It should not be up in the air, nor should your back be inverted. Try to hold a straight line and perhaps do it in front of the TV (with the TV off so a blank screen) so you can see if you are straight.

 

Top 3 Benefits

Tightens your tummy

Improves your posture

Strengthens your back & helps prevent injury

 

NB: If you notice in the photo that my elbows are pointing the wrong way, this is not part of the position don’t worry – I’m just what they call double jointed!

 

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