Beginner plank variations
Have you ever seen someone in the gym doing a plank and you’re thinking to yourself “wow that looks easy…”? While performing a plank may look easy, correct form is critical to receiving benefits as well as reducing injury. There are many different ways of performing a plank, but I suggest starting with the beginner variations until you perfect your form.
Correct plank form:
- Wrists or elbows directly underneath your shoulders
- Squeeze your glutes
- Tighten your abdominals
- Keep a neutral neck and spine
- Create a straight line from head to toe
- Do not bend at the waist causing a sag toward the ground or a lift toward the ceiling
Below are four different variations of the plank that would be considered a beginning level exercise but can be used by all fitness levels.
Moderate and advanced plank variations will be coming soon. To prepare yourself master these exercises first. To make them harder, hold for a longer amount of time or up your number of repetitions. If you have any questions please contact personal fitness trainer Amber Gruger or any other trainer available.