How to Do the Plank Pose

How to Do the Plank Pose

The Plank Pose

Doing something called the Plank pose only sounds like you’ll be imitating a log lying on the ground. In fact, you’ll be imitating a log propping itself up on two twigs—also known as your arms.

Step 1: Get on hands & knees
Begin on your hands and knees on the mat, with your wrists directly under your shoulders.

Step 2: Extend legs
Tuck your toes under and extend your legs straight out behind you, one at a time, keeping your arms perpendicular to the mat.

Step 3: Look at the floor
Look straight down at the floor, keeping your neck aligned with your straight spine.

Step 4: Pull in abs
Pull your abdominal muscles in so your hips don’t sag, but don’t allow them to rise up, either.

Ask a friend to look at your pose: Your body should form a straight line from your heels to the top of your head.

Step 5: Hold pose
Hold the pose for at least 30 seconds.

Step 6: Release pose
Release the pose by dropping your knees to the floor. We’re sorry for comparing your arms to twigs—but don’t they feel like they might snap?