Core Muscles Strength Training: The Plank Test
Put simply, our core comprises many different muscles that help stabilise the spine, pelvis and runs the entire length of our torso. In technical terms, our core includes the traverse abdominis (TVA), erector spinae, obliques and your lower lats.
When we stand, our core muscles help us stand upright. They control our movement and weight.
Thus, we can already see that the chief foundation of our body should thus be our core. Yet, many in the gym tend to neglect the core, choosing to focus on vanity muscles such as the triceps and biceps instead.
There are many benefits to a strong core. I’ll just list three of them.
Benefit No. 1: Strong Core Reduces Back Pain
Unbalanced core muscles are very often linked to lower back pain. And it is not something you would want to experience as it can be excruciating. Besides reducing back pain, strong core muscles help us maintain proper posture and reduces strain on the spine.
Benefit No. 2: Strong Core Ensures You Work Out The Correct Muscle
We can all train to increase our strength and agility but if your core muscles are weak, you will not be able to reap the full benefits of your exercise.
When you see some people swinging their weights in the gym while standing, it’s not because their legs are weak (it could be as well). But the explanation is that the core muscles are weak. If your core muscles are weak, you will need to compensate them and that’s why you start swinging your weights.
And now tell me, when you start swinging your weights while doing forward raises, are you working the specific muscles you intended to?
Benefit No. 3: Strong Core Helps Us Achieve 6 Pack Abs Faster
If you spread out your eggs and do different exercises that target your core, chances of you achieving 6 pack abs will be faster as well.
And your body loves variety.
There are many core exercises you can do. But one of the easiest that I make all my clients do is the plank.
Test the strength of your core by doing my plank test! There are 4 steps in all.
And by the way, all my clients can stay in plank position for at least 1 minute. Enough said, it’s time for everyone to get down to core business!
If you would like to find out more about training your core muscles, click here.