Oh yes…this is really happening. Just when you thought planks couldn’t get any harder, we bring you the walking plank. And for a little added intensity, we’ve taken it to the foam roller. The result- Amazing!
The hardest part of a plank is finding the right position. The body has to be in a perfect diagonal line, meaning that the head and the pelvis should be in line with the spine. Common mistakes are to let the hips sag, or to have the bottom sticking up in the air. Anyone can fake a plank. It’s really difficult to do a plank properly. However, if you’ve been doing the weekly exercises and practicing your plank, we think it’s time to take it to the next level!
Start with the palms in the middle of the foam roller and find your plank. The most important thing is to make sure the core is extremely active. If the core is not fully engaged, or the pelvis is the wrong position, you will feel strain in the wrists. Why work the wrists when you could be working the core? Pull in those lower abdominal muscles! Once you’ve found an honest plank, slowly walk the hands all the way to the left of the roller, then walk all the way over to the right. Try to keep the pelvis still and in neutral as you go back and forth. See if you can go 4 times to each side. As you get stronger, feel free to work your way up to 8 times per side.