I love to do variations of planking to each of my workouts with or without weights.
The initial form is not hard to understand, but holding the position takes strength and endurance in your abs, back, and core. The plank is one of the best exercises for core conditioning but it also works your glutes and hamstrings, supports proper posture, and improves balance.
What is the proper way to hold a plank?
Get into push-up position on the floor
Note: You can hold the position on your forearms or hands - depending on the variation
Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending
Head is relaxed looking at floor
Hold the position for as long as you can
Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily
When your form begins to suffer stop the plank, form is very important
Benefits of Planking
Improve core definition and performance
Decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column
Experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism
Improve overall balance
Check out even more fun planking moves: 47 Crazy-Fun Plank Variations for a Core Killer