I know, I know. Plank is everyone's LEAST favorite position (unless of course you're Fallon or Erica, our two instructors who claim plank as a favorite!).However, plank is a really valuable position that seems to go under appreciated by many of us. Mostly because it's difficult- all the time. It doesn't really ever get any easier, especially in our arms or upper body classes that boast at least 8 plank sequences!
Why Plank is Valuable:
1. In our alllongee version plank, you're working out so much more than you think.
To do plank with correct form, just about every muscle in the body must be engaged. Arms, shoulders, inter scapular muscles, core, upper mid and lower back, obliques, latissimus dorsi, the glutes, hip flexors, quads, calves, ankles and feet.
2. So much work, it becomes cardio. Yes, I said cardio.
It's not too often that you get some good solid cardio work on the mat. However, the plank position really facilitates a cardio workout. You're working the big and small muscle groups simultaneously- cardio is inevitable here.
3. You can't fake it.
Like many of our allongee positions, you simply can't fake it. To have good form, you have to be working the right muscles. And when you're not working the right muscles, you can see it (and feel it!) in this and many other allongee positions.
So stop avoiding plank and challenge yourself to get into more arms and upper body focused classes this week!