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Plank Pose

Date Added: November 30, 2007 08:49:20 PM
Category: Pilates Method

The Pilates plank pose is not a difficult thing to do. Unlike most of the poses that you have to practice for Pilates this one seems quite simple – but be careful because it isn’t as easy as it looks.

In this workout you will challenge your body and mind and will help to stabilize all of your muscles. This is a total body work out. Now there are two types of plank poses. There is the prep exercise and the full plank pose. Obviously we are going to start with the prep exercise which helps your body to work out the first set of muscles.

First thing you need to do is to pull out your Pilates mat. This will help you to stay in control of what you are doing and also will keep you from hurting yourself. Starting off on the floor you will bend your knees and place your hands in front of you bending your back. After stabilizing yourself you will stretch your legs out behind you and than place your forearms parallel to each other. If keeping your hands flat on the floor is too hard you can always ball them into fists.

Does the pose look familiar? It should to anyone who has seen a push-up before. It is the same position that you would start off in when practicing a push-up except you won’t be going down. You will be staying in the air and holding the pose for 30 full seconds. Remember to keep your abs pulled in, keep your spine straight, and relax your neck.

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