Planks are one of the most effective full-body exercises out there, but just because they’re popular, doesn’t mean everyone knows how to do them properly. They can be amazing for your core muscles, abs, and lower back – as long as you do them right. Let’s take a look at three mistakes you might be making while doing planks.
Improper hip position
Your abdominal muscles won’t be properly engaged if you rely on your lower back, and not your hips, to support your body weight. Keep your hips in line with your head and avoid dropping them toward the floor if you want your plank to be pitch-perfect.
Arching your back
Poor neck alignment is robbing you of a good workout, and you must avoid it at all costs. If your neck isn’t straight and the head is dropped forward or lifted up while doing planks, you’ll end up putting undue pressure on your spine.
Wrong shoulder alignment
Improper shoulder alignment can also lead to minor injuries. Always remember to keep your hips in line with your shoulders, and avoid shrugging them during the workout. Tilting the shoulders in front of or behind the elbows can overload them and cause significant pain.