Cues For Proper Form During a Plank

Maintaining proper form is important for keeping yourself safe and ensuring you are targeting the correct muscles. Some cues that you want to focus on are:

  • Keep the elbows directly under your shoulders
  • Having a “straight” back
  • Head in neutral alignment
  • Focus on engaging your “core” 
    • Research has shown, when focusing on engaging your core the upper and lower rectus abdominis muscle activity increases (Calatayud 2019)
  • Squeeze Your Butt
    • Research has shown squeezing your butt and putting yourself in a slight posterior pelvic tilt will increase muscle activation of the core(Schoenfeld 2014)
  • Breathe

*Form may change depending on the variation of the plank you are performing*

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