The nature of planking can be compared to olives: you either love it or hate it. Whilst planking is painful and can make you scream at times, there are so many benefits from doing this simple exercise.
Burn that belly fat
Planking will undoubtedly help build your tummy muscles and, if you do it enough, a six-pack is a likely result. However, your muscles will only become visible once enough fat has been shredded. Why keep your muscles hiding under a blanket of fat? The benefits of planking for your tummy muscles are that they will help tone them and keep them in shape. We are firm believers in a strong core – you can read about the benefits here. At Physical IQ, we also offer a course specialising in Weight Loss, so if you are looking to improve the lives of others then the plank needs to be part of the plan.
Benefits of planking for back pain
Your back works with your core, so when your core becomes stronger so will your back. One of the amazing benefits of planking that is not often spoken about is that it can help with your posture, ultimately minimising any back pain you may be experiencing. If you are a personal trainer, this exercise should be integral to the training plan. Your core muscles will be strengthened and so will your back muscles, and luckily the plank exercise requires little movement, so you are not at risk of doing any damage to your back. Posture and core stability are very important to us and is something we teach both our students and those that use our services. Our National Certificate in Personal Training incorporates all of these elements and more.
Be more flexible
While building strength, planks also increase flexibility in your posterior muscle groups. The muscles around your shoulders, collarbone, and shoulder blades will expand and stretch (an area that often receives little attention), as will your hamstrings and even the arches of your feet and your toes. If you choose to study with Physical IQ then these are just some of the extremely important aspects that we teach.
With flexibility comes less muscle cramping and just generally a better feeling because you can now touch your toes. Poor flexibility is usually a sign of something else going on in your body, luckily we have trained professionals who can help you figure out what.
Boost your mood
This applies to all forms of exercise. Planks are unique, however, in that they help stretch and ultimately relax muscles groups that often become stiff and tense from prolonged sitting. The tension release that planks provide is uplifting for your spirit. The best feeling comes from being able to hold a plank longer each time you do it!
Planking benefits your balance and posture
To do a plank correctly, you must engage your abs to stay upright. Side planks or planks with extensions are particularly beneficial for building balance, as are planks performed on a stability ball. To test and strengthen your balance, try a side plank with a leg raise – get into side plank position, then lift your top leg and hold for one count. Lower it and repeat, then switch sides. In addition, planks work all the muscles you need to maintain proper posture, like your back, chest, shoulders, abs, and neck.
If you do planks regularly, you’ll find you’re able to sit or stand up straighter with ease. If you are struggling with this and need some extra guidance, Physical IQ has a hub of professionals available to teach you! Otherwise, come study with us and we will teach you the right way it should be done, and eventually, you will be able to pass this knowledge onto others.
Do you know who is super knowledgeable on planks and can hold them for a really long time?
Us at Physical IQ. Let’s get in touch!