THE GREAT PLANK CHALLENGE
Join us in September for 30 days of planking fun!
A plank is a strength/core training pose that works all major abdominal muscles, while also strengthening your shoulder, chest, neck, glute, quadriceps, and back muscles. Additional benefits include, better posture, heightened metabolism, and decreased stress levels.
SOME TIPS FOR HOLDING A PLANK
Engage your abdominal muscles to squeeze your belly button up towards your spine while maintaining a neutral back
- Contract your quadriceps and gluteal muscles to firm your legs
- Keep your shoulders drawn away from your ears
- Be sure to breathe in and out while performing your plank
- If getting down onto the floor is too challenging, try performing your plank with your hands on a sturdy surface like the kitchen counter or even a wall
There will be a variety of 30-day options to pick up in the main group exercise room.
Please note that if you are experiencing any pain or discomfort while performing any of these exercises, please discontinue or modify to suit your needs.
Send me your plank pictures and show us your skills! Plank On, my friends!
Ellen Hogeland, Group Exercise Coordinator