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Total Body Workout With Planks

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  • Planks are considered an integral part of core training, as they improve your balance and stability, tone your abs and build muscle while increasing isometric strength overall, plus, they can even help alleviate problems with scoliosis
  • Rather than the crunches and situps people have relied on for years to tone their abs, planks are easier on your back, so they’re far less likely to cause back pain during or after your workout
  • Studies show that because plank exercises use abdominal/lumbar co-contraction with shoulder and hip activation, core muscle activation is more beneficial than muscle isolation exercises
  • Keeping your back straight is important while performing this basic exercise, but planks can also be modified to target certain areas, such as strengthening your spine and improving your posture

By Dr. Mercola

They make look easy, and may even seem easy at first, but when you start working on planks, you'll find some of the greatest benefits come from the process of checking yourself to make sure you're maintaining the correct form. Plus, planks are a welcome alternative to crunches and situps, which can cause back pain when your backbone is pressed against the floor. They not only give your six-pack more definition and "up" your endurance level, planks provide an array of additional benefits for your entire body.


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