The Real Reason You Can’t Run Faster

Planks

Prone Plank

  • Lie on stomach, place elbows under shoulders, tighten abs, and squeeze glutes together.
  • Push up onto your forearms so body is parallel to the floor. Keep a flat back.
  • Hold position as long as possible until you feel it in your back instead of your abs.

Reverse Plank

  • Lie on back with legs straight and together. Place elbows under shoulders and forearms parallel to each other on the floor.
  • Squeeze glutes and lats and lift hips off the floor. Hold here as long as you can maintain proper form.

Side Plank

  • Lying on your side, place elbow under shoulder, tighten abs, and squeeze glutes together.
  • Push up, supporting yourself on your forearm and the side of your foot. Keep your knees together with your heels stacked, making sure your back is flat.
  • Shrug shoulders down, tuck your chin, and blow like you're blowing out candles to activate your transverse abdominis. Hold as long as you can with proper form.

Rotating Side Plank

  • Lie on your right side. Stack your hips and place your elbow under your shoulder.
  • Press up onto forearm, lifting hips toward ceiling.
  • Reach left arm toward ceiling, in line with torso. Then reach left arm across your body and under your right side, twisting your torso at the same time.
  • Keeping hips lifted and stacked, return to the starting position.
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