Jebus wrote:I've always wondered about "The Plank" exercise. I can do it easily for a pretty long time(4/5+ minutes) without breaking too much of a sweat. Are these really that good for training your abs or am I better off with regular crunches?
The plank will help develop 'core' mucles. Rather than isolating the abs (bother upper and lower), obliques, and lower back muscles you can work them all in one go. But it's no miracle exercise you should use the plank exercise as to put the final polish on your ab workout.
From what you say you seem to have a good core, which is a good solid foundation for you now to progress onto your other muscles.
I guess that's it. I've played handball for 5 days a week for a good two years. We always did "the plank" exercise every other practice, the same for crunches. However, I had never really gotten the proper technique for crunches down, meaning I've never had a 6pack, which is kinda a 'goal' for me since I've quit.
About building up that acid only, I guess it trains abs/core too, but to a much lesser extent than crunches/sit ups?
Here's my regular plank work-out:
1-min diagonal balance (meaning that I extend my left arm in the air, and my right foot. I keep 'em only a few cm above the ground for maximum effect)
1-min diagonal with other arm/leg
Last edited by Jebus (2009-11-16 08:43:13)