Planking Mistakes and How to Fix Them

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You may love them or hate them, but planks are one of the best moves to engage your abs, lower back, and arms. It’s an effective and relatively easy exercise, but make sure not to make these mistakes when doing it.

Looking Straight Ahead

Your head and neck should be aligned with your spine and the rest of your body, which means you should be looking at the floor while doing a plank. Keeping your head in a neutral position and not looking up or straight ahead is important in order to avoid a neck strain or spine injuries.

Lowering Or Lifting The Hips

To achieve the perfect plank position, your entire body should form a straight line, which means you shouldn’t make the mistake of lowering or lifting your hips too high. The only way to achieve this is to engage your core muscle, which is the whole point of this exercise.

Holding a Plank Too Long

People usually think that holding a plank for a longer period of time will get them better results, but this isn’t always true. The goal is to engage your muscles and not hold for as long as possible, and most trainers agree that doing shorter sets of planks is actually more effective than holding a plank for too long.