One of the most popular moves in Pilates is “The Pilates Plank”, a classic exercise used to strengthen and elongate arm and abdominal muscles. The Plank can be modified in many ways and is easy to do, making it an effective exercise for anyone, even if you don’t practice Pilates you can still use this simple and effective exercise to increase core strength. We have a beginner plank for you to try below!
Instructions for the Plank
- Lie facedown on an exercise mat, legs extended, and place your elbows under your shoulders, resting your forearms on the ground, palms facing each other in loose fists.
- Curl your toes under and push up through your abdominal muscles onto the toes and balls of your feet, creating a straight line from the top of your head to your feet.
- Distribute your weight evenly between your forearms and feet. Keep your ab muscles engaged, lengthen your neck and relax your shoulders to keep your body stabilized.
- Extend your arms, pulling up onto your hands in a full plank, as you would if you were starting a push-up. Maintain the length of the spine.
- Hold plank for 10 to 20 seconds, working up to a minute as you improve.
So there you have it! Now you know enough about Planks and Pilates to get out there and give it a go for yourself – remember to take it easy on your first try and do your stretches!
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