Master the Move #8: Planks

Welcome to Master the Move. In this new series, we will focus on one specific exercise at time to break it down for you to learn it a little better for your next HIIT workout. Planks are next on the list. The plank is an incredible workout all in itself. It works your arms, abs, quads, and more. This is an exercise in which you can build up endurance by seeing how long you can hold the specific move. How to: cloth_diaper
  1. Place the forearms on the ground with the elbows aligned below the shoulders, and arms parallel to the body at about shoulder-width distance.
  2. Ground the toes into the floor and squeeze the glutes to stabilize the body. Your legs should be working in the move too; careful not to lock or hyperextend your knees.
  3. Neutralize the neck and spine by looking at a spot on the floor about a foot beyond the hands. Your head should be in line with your back.
  4. Hold the position for 30 seconds. As you get more comfortable with the move, hold your plank for as long as possible without compromising form or breath.
Here is a video demonstration of the Plank exercise: Click the image below to get ready to MommyRock! BR-Baby1

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