Front Plank

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Front Plank

Instructions

Preparation

Lie prone on mat. Place forearms on mat, elbows under shoulders. Place legs together with forefeet on floor.

Execution

Raise body upward by straightening body in straight line. Hold position.

Comments

Muscles are exercised isometrically. Exercise can also be performed with straight supporting arms in pushup stance. Also see Spot Reduction Myth.

Easier

Movement can be made easier angling body up on elevated platform or bench. Exercise can also be performed on bent knees instead of forefeet.

Harder

Exercise could be made more challenging with added weight (eg: sandbags, partner) on hips or low back, although it is rarely performed in that manner. Raising one foot up off floor can also make holding this position more difficult. Stability Ball Rollout requires more shoulder strength.

Classification

 Utility: Auxiliary
 Mechanics: Isolated
 Force: Push

Muscles

Target (see comments)

Stabilizers

Antagonist Stabilizers

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