What are the core muscles?

Core muscles are one of the most active muscle groups in the body. Whether you are writing,  making dinner,  jogging or playing golf you are engaging your core muscles. Because you use core muscles for so many activities, it is important to keep them strong and flexible. Many people equate the core with their abdominal muscles. But your core is much more than that! According to a sports medicine book “The Role of Core Stability in Athletic Function” the core is described as a muscular box with 29 pairs of muscles!!! And here are some of the biggest muscles: Abdominal Rectus abdominis – located […]

How to do a plank?

Do you want to stay away from the low back pain? How often do you perform core strengthening workout? And do you believe that exercise dose works best to revamp your physical health? Just think for a while! Well, exercises are about moving your body in different angles and dimensions besides with battling with the external stressors around you, but if you’re not correctly performing any exercise, especially planks, you won’t get the results that you want. Bodyweight exercises are now becoming more popular in the fitness world just because of their simplicity and applicability. With the help of bodyweight […]

Health benefits of doing plank exercise

We’re living in an over stressed world. There is tension in relationship, pressure at work, financial stress and you name it and there is strain everywhere. Everybody is living on the edge and there is no time to relax. People are turning to yoga to de-stress and lead a tension free life. Yoga has taken the world by storm and we find yoga studios sprung up at every nook and corner of the world. People have taken to yoga in a big way and the asanas (poses) are widely appreciated by one and all. The yoga gurus are taking it […]

Elbow Plank Pose: 7 Common Mistakes

People with wrist problems may find basic plank to be very uncomfortable or even painful.  An excellent alternative is “elbow plank pose.”  An elbow plank pose begins on your hands and knees.  You will then lower your elbows to the ground, straighten your legs behind you, curl your toes under, and push your body up off the ground.    Keep your elbows directly under your shoulders, with your upper body weight resting on your forearms.  Your forearms should be extended directly in front of you, along the floor.  Keep your feet straight, maintain neutral spine alignment, and hold.  Simple, right? Hardly!  […]

How to do a perfect plank

Are you looking for the exercise that can work on the multiple sites of your body? Well, Plank exercises have been a phenomenal form, empowering the overall muscles and challenging your balance. Plank pose is like the magical pill for all of us in order to get the toned and trimmed stomach, strong upper body, and sculpted legs. Not only planks can strengthen your core, in fact, it can also aid in fixing the faulty posture and reducing the lower back pain. Needless to say that the plank pose ultimately speed up your heart rate, providing the tinge of the […]

Running: core strength

As runners, we tend to focus on building stronger legs, heart, and lungs but we too often forget core muscles. If you think your “core” is just your abs – you’re very wrong. It includes everything from your hips and glutes to your lower back. A good core routine will work all of these muscles to help you to improve your running posture and speed. The biggest benefit of core strength for runners is increasing stabilization in the torso. Your core muscles – the chest, back, abs, and obliques – are what keep your torso upright when you run, and reduce […]

How long should I hold a plank pose?

In traditional strength-training exercises, the movements are made more difficult by increasing the amount of weight involved.  For example, if you’re doing biceps curls with 8-lb weights and want to make the move more difficult, you’ll exchange your 8-lb weights for a set of 10-lb weights.  With isometric exercises, like plank poses, the level of difficulty is increased by holding the pose for a longer period of time. People often wonder how often they should be doing plank poses and for how long they should hold each pose.  Here are some basic guidelines that will answer those questions. Beginners Beginning […]

10 reasons why we love plank

Plank is one of the body weight exercise, that will never go out from the fashion because is one of the most effective workout you can do. Staying for a minute in the plank pose may seem like a really simple exercise. But if you have not tried it before, you probably didn’t feel the real power of it. You will be surprised how powerful one exercise can be. And here are the benefits of plank: Build your strength – planking will help build your core muscles groups including the transverse abdominals, the rectus abdominals, and the external oblique muscle. As your abdominal muscles become stronger, your mid-section […]