We love the plank. “It teaches intervertebral stability, which can stabilize the spine at the top of a kettlebell swing, squat or deadlift,” says Mike Fantigrassi, NASM-CPT and Master Instructor. But to get the full perks from planks, it’s important to focus on form and posture, not on a lengthy hold time.
“Planks should be held only as long as perfect position can be maintained,” says Fantigrassi. “Start with a maximum contraction of 3–10 seconds and work up to 20 reps,” he advises. If you think clients will find that surprising, look at these other ways to perfect and progress the plank:
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