When it comes to exercising, form is everything. Making sure that your form is correct not only maximizes your workout, but it also prevents injury.
One of the fastest ways to get injured is by not using the correct from while working out. Improper form can cause muscle strain that can lead to much deeper issues with functional movement.
Proper form of every exercise is the first step to building a fitness foundation, especially for beginners. If you learn good habits from the start will succeed at a much greater speed and you will see results almost immediately. Proper form of every exercise is the key to training success.
The Perfect Plank:
1. Align elbows directly below shoulders. Hands can be palms down, fists clenched, or in prayer hand form.
2. Ground toes into the floor and squeeze your glutes to stabilize the lower half of your body. Keeping your core engaged and tight the entire time.
3. Neutralize neck and spine by holding your head upright and keeping your gaze about 6in in front of your hands. Do NOT let your head dip between your shoulders.
*When you feel like dipping your head because the exercise is strenuous, try closing your eyes and breathing in order to get through the reps.