One of the most common mistakes we see when people are holding a plank, is this, the lower back arch.
- When this happens, your lower back is taking a beating and just going to get sorer and sorer over time. When your lower back is arched, think about your abs, what are they doin?...... they're stretched and open and not engaged, they're not doin ANY WORK! So people who plank to have a strong core, are doin NUTTIN! you're just giving yourself a weaker back.
QUICK FIX TIP
- Visualize the bottom of your rib cage, and the top of your pelvis, you want to make that area smaller, try to get them to touch (they wont) but when we try to make that area smaller, thats how we need to be for the duration of the plank. When we tighten the rib/pelvis area, it naturally straightens out your back.
Planks are one of the best exercises to develop a strong core, strengthen your lower back, glutes, and build your shoulders. They're also a staple in every weight lifting exercise you do.
Give it a try and let me know how you get on!