5 Benefits of Planking

If you’ve been around here for a bit then you know that I’m a fan of planks! In fact, one of my goals for the month of April is 5 minutes of daily planking (and no…not 5 minutes straight – I break the 5 minutes into intervals).

Everyone can benefit from strengthening their core – especially runners! So if you haven’t jumped on the plank bandwagon yet, I thought I’d share with you some of the benefits of planking!

5 benefits of planking

Target many muscles in one exercise: Planks engage every core muscle from transverse abdominus to the rectus abdominus; from the external obliques to the glutes.

Big payoff, small investment: Planks don’t require a lot of time, but can offer a big payoff by strengthening so many key muscles relatively quickly.

Improved posture: By engaging and strengthening all of those muscles, planks will help improve your posture. As your abdominal muscles activate they share the burden with your back muscles of holding you upright. When your abs are stronger, you sit and stand with your vertebrae stacked – so the added benefit is you’re less likely to develop pain in your neck and shoulders from slouching. Who doesn’t want to stand (or run) taller?

Increased flexibility: Planks help to increase or maintain flexibility by expanding and stretching the muscles around the shoulders, collarbone, shoulder blades, and hamstrings.

Better movement: By strengthening your core, planks help your stabilization and train your body to move better as a unit – your muscles work together, which means you move more efficiently overall.

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  1. Yes! Planks are awesome! I try to do a variety to target even more different muscles.
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  2. I love/hate planks! I need to do more planks as part of my workout routine.
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  3. I think planks are great! They give you the most bang for your buck and are way more effective than crunches for your core!
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  4. I always feel better when I incorporate daily planks into my routine now to just keep them going!
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  5. I adore planks and their many variations. So why then have I been neglecting them? I need to get back in the habit.
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  6. I always incorporate different variations of planks in my classes. They are a great core exercise. I love them, I think my class hates them!
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  7. I love planks for me and for m clients! I tend to do variations that make them harder rather than going for longer times. And really focusing on the muscles while planking.
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  8. Planks are so great! I don’t do them on their own, but am thankful they are a big part of yoga.
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  9. I love planks! I need to do them more often.
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  10. Planks are the greatest…too bad I never do them as often as I say I will! I wanted to just do 5 minutes a week and I am waaay under my goal! They have so many benefits so I need to get on it!
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  11. I know planks are good for me but I so easily fall off the plank wagon! 🙁 I gotta get on it!
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  12. YES! Daily planking for the WIN!! I’ve thought about doing a weekly live plank (on Facebook) ….I did one a week ago on my running page…trying to talk non-stop for 2:30 (while planking) was tough!
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  13. I’m so bad at incorporating core work regularly. It’s really something I need to be better about working into my routine!
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    • It can definitely be tough fitting everything in – I think that’s why I’m such a fan of planks cause they don’t require a lot of time.

  14. I love them and I hate them… but what I DO know is I need to do more of them!!!!
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  15. Planks are such a great way to strengthen the core! I never realized they helped with flexibility too.
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  16. I was doing so well with planks a little over a year ago. But I lost momentum and haven’t gotten it back. I think after my race I’ll start up again!
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  17. I do intervals when I plank too. Sometimes I love them, sometimes not. I need to do them more.
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  18. Yes! Thanks for the reminder 🙂 My running is always so much better overall when I add planks and other core work to my routine!

  19. 5 minutes in intervals sounds better than one long plank! I am going to be working on this 🙂

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