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Fast Fitness Form: Forearm Plank 101

Love them or hate them, planks are a go-to for anyone looking for a transformative, full body workout. When done correctly, they can effectively engage not only your core, but nearly your entire body!

This full body workout in a single move doesn’t come easily. In order to reap the full benefits, proper form is key. 

Here are a few helpful tricks to keep in mind the next time you drop it down for a forearm plank…

PLANK DON’TS

-Droopy lower back and hips

-Butt high in the air

-Disengaged or stiff neck

-Holding your breath 

 

PLANK DOS

-Elbows directly under shoulders and feet hip width apart

-Extend your body

-Keep your back flat and your core engaged, and belly button pulled in

-Stretch out through your heels, stay on the tops of your toes 

-Squeeze glutes and quads together; they should be tight and engaged 

-Keep your head and neck neutral

-Gaze over fingertips

-Don’t forget to breathe. You’ve got this!

 

Ready to see a perfect plank in action? Watch WFCC personal trainer, Brittney, break it down for you:

 

We’re always here to help perfect your fitness form. If you’re ever unsure about a move, please don’t hesitate to ask one of our personal trainers for their expert advice!

Don’t stop at planks! Check out this blog post, where we break down the perfect push up form

Looking for a killer core workout? Step up and try our Core On Fire Fitness Challenge. You’ll feel ABSolutely amazing.