Your Short­cut To A Stronger Core

Check your plank ac­count: long holds are not the best op­tion

Runner's World (UK) - - Contents -

If you know some­one who boasts about how long they can hold a plank po­si­tion, tell them new re­search shows longer is not bet­ter. The study1 found that pro­longed holds can re­duce mus­cle oxy­gena­tion in the core mus­cles. This has been linked to the de­vel­op­ment of lower back pain and for this rea­son the re­searchers rec­om­mend you limit the du­ra­tion of each plank to 30 sec­onds. Do sev­eral reps or try harder vari­a­tions of the ex­er­cise to keep it chal­leng­ing.

PLANK AC­COUNT You may get a bet­ter re­turn over a shorter term

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