When it comes down to it, planks are all sorts of amazing. In addition to be great for your shoulders and upper back, they also work wonders for your core.
Planks work all major core muscle groups at once, including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominus, the external oblique muscle, and the glutes.
- Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
- Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
- Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
- Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.
Additionally, working planks into your daily/weekly routines can help you strengthen your spinal column and decrease your risk of back injuries when lifting.
This week for the Unbreakable SGX Challenge, we'll be starting our series of 10 reps for 10 exercises for 10 weeks! That's right - get ready!