It’s a new month and it’s always a good opportunity to start a new goal. Join us in a Plank Challenge for the month of February.

With exercise, sometimes the simplest of movements result in the greatest gains to your fitness, and this is certainly the case with planks.

If you’ve never tried one, a plank may look easy, but this is deceiving. While getting into the proper form is pretty straightforward, holding the position takes strength and endurance in your abs, back, and core. The plank exercise helps strengthen midsection, upper-body and lower-body muscles along the front of your body. Planks also strengthen inner core muscles that support your joints, proper posture and improves balance. The rectus abdominis and transverse abdominis that form your outer and inner abdominal muscles, respectively, are primary supporters during plank exercises. The abdominal obliques also stabilize the plank position isometrically. Upper-body stabilizers include the pectoral and serratus muscles. Lower-body stabilizers include the quadriceps, sartorius and tensor fasciae latae.

Are you up for it? We start today!

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Here’s a video to show you how to do a proper plank:


 

WRC Staff

WRC Staff

Women’s Running Community (WRC) was created to inspire girls and women to choose health and wellness over our culture’s harmful obsession with having the “perfect” runner’s body type, weight or shape. Our goal is to educate the world that health, beauty, and wellness come in many forms and that no one body type, shape, size, culture or weight is more worthy of respect, love and acceptance than another. We want to challenge the industry leaders and media creators to expand their vision of what a runner or being healthy looks like.
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