Quite frequently the plank appears in the media as the go-to exercise for firming up your stomach and improving your core, the latter a much-overused term since nearly every exercise strengthens the core. In any case, let’s take a look at the advantages of doing the plank in your exercise sessions.
When somebody has a strong core, they have much more than just a six-pack. The body’s core refers to the entire midsection of the body, the front, back and sides included. It is made up of complex muscles which stabilize us and allow us to transfer force between extremities to perform functional movement. This is why a healthy core is much more than just well-developed abdominals and deserves to be appreciated and cared for as a crucial component of overall physical health.
The Bridges are often times called ‘planks’. In the gym, we call them ‘360’s’ because we go from each side, to the prone, to the supine positions. In other words, we go full circle. This hits the center section of the body, what the magazines are jumping on and calling the ‘core’.