Pilates Video #1 “The Plank”

In this 3 part series I will be showing you our top pilates exercises that are guaranteed to strengthen your midsection and lower back.

Today I am going to show you “The Plank” , this core exercise is great for targeting your deep inner core muscles. These inner core muscles are the supporting muscles that support your superfiscial muscles like your abdominal wall.

the plank is a great pilates and core exercise

Without these muscles your body will not have sufficient strength. Not only will “the plank” strengthen your deep inner core muscles, but it will strengthen your lower back.

If you are in a seated position most of the day or on your feet, most likely you experience some lower back pain. “The plank” is a corrective exercise that will help you with this minor injury. Not only is this exercise great for lower back problems, but it is a great starting exercise for anyone who is looking to be active again.

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In video #1 of our Pilates series, we will show you how to perform the plank for beginners and the advanced.

If you are starting out and never tried this pilates exercise before…start by lying face down with your forearms and feet shoulder width apart.

1) Once your arms and feet are shoulder width apart, raise your body off the ground while drawing in your belly button towards your spine. Hold this position at least for 30 seconds.

2) If you can’t perform this exericse, try it with your knees on the ground and hold your body weight for 30 seconds while engaging your core muscles.

An advance version of this exercise is doing it on a stability ball. Every movement and hand/feet placement is the same. Try to hold this position for 30 seconds or more.

“The plank” is a great pilates exercise for strengthening your core and lower back. It’s a great foundation for anyone who is looking to get started in an exercise program.

If you have any questions, please leave your questions and comments at the bottom.

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