Nearly everyone would like to have a six-pack abdomen to show off at the beach, gym, or in the bedroom. And, if you participate in sports on any level, you likely know the performance benefits that stem from what fitness experts call a strong core. Back in the day, we all use to do crunches, sit-ups, and other exercises that focus mainly on the abdominal region with little to show for it other than a sore back and neck.
Today, the plank family of core exercises reigns supreme not only for a six-pack but overall health of the entire core region which stems from the shoulders to the crotch: a large area indeed. I am not suggesting that you never perform another crunch or sit-up, but it is unlikely they will provide the results you are seeking. Keep them in your routine if you want, but think about overhauling your routine with a steady diet of plank movements.
Although many variations of the plank exist, I teach clients of my fitness practice www.triabilitycoaching.com these four basic movements: Front Plank, Side Plank, Reverse Plank, and Push-Up ( also a plank movement ).
Personally, I perform 4 x 30-seconds of each plank movements every morning after completing my swim or run practice. My clients typically fear plank movements initially but come to appreciate these movements and the many variations that can be swapped in and out, keeping your core routine fresh and enjoyable.
Gregg Seltzer is a certified by USA Triathlon, Cycling, and Track & Field. He is also a swim coach, certified by the ASCA. He is the founder and head coach at Triability Coaching, a practice focused on training amateur triathletes, cyclists, swimmers, and runners. Triability Coaching (800)884-2194.