The traditional Plank is a quintessential move in yoga and in most workouts these days. You have probably done elbow plank more times than you can count – elbows on the matt, belly button sucked into your spine, shoulders away from your ears and palms flat on the mat. Well, we just learned that Cassandra Bodlak, a group fitness manager with Equinox has a tip that will change elbow plank and your results once you apply it.
Keep your palms up instead of down.
The palms down method engages your back, and if you traditionally clasp your hands together that brings the chest into play. By keeping your palms up you are forced to engage your core even more. Palms up also eliminates the rounded shoulders that often happens with palms down. Palms up you are automatically opening up which is the optimal technique. Another thing: since we are all palms down all day long with computers and smart phones, palms up offers a bit of balance in the other direction.
Give it a try and see what you think. I notice a difference already! You can try it right now, lift your hands off your computer and turn your palms up – you immediately open up your chest and shoulders, cool right?! Let us know if you like this tweak and if it helps your plank and ab strength!
Susy Sedano is a Content Producer, a fitness enthusiast and an avid cook of healthy meals. She prides herself on creating healthy dishes for family and friends, and is always on the hunt for new workouts and recipes! Despite her hectic non-stop work and fitness schedules, she is a “girl’s girl” and a student of life!
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