Push-Up Plank

Beginner Level of Difficulty

The push-up plank is a beginner core conditioning exercise. This variation of the plank targets the abs and obliques and is suitable for all fitness levels.

MUSCLES ENGAGED


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Abdominals

The abdominal muscles (abs) provide movement and support to your core area. The deeper and closer to the spine the particular abdominal muscle is, the more effect over body posture it will have, and this often contributes significantly to a healthy back.

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Obliques

Many people put a lot of focus on working their abs but forget their surrounding neighbors; the oblique muscles. Obliques serve as stabilizers, and are used in almost every physical activity. Exercising your obliques should be a very important part of your workout program.

Exercise Instructions


push-up plank - step 1

Step 1

Start in a rigid push-up position with your hands under your shoulders and your feet together.

push-up plank - step 2

Step 2

Squeeze your butt, flex your abs and breath behind the shield.

push-up plank - step 3

Step 3

Maintain the position until you can no longer keep a straight line from your ankles to your shoulders.