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I remember several years ago, there was this thing on the Internet that went viral.

It may have been near or right at the start of the 2010s.

It was hilariously called the “planking” challenge.

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I never personally took part in it but thought it was funny when I saw my friends taking part in it at the time.

Basically, you would lay completely face down with a straight body and arms down to your sides and someone would either take a picture or video of you doing it.

You would do this for no apparent reason other than the fun of it although I didn’t really see the fun in laying down on a more-than-likely-dirty floor or ground just to have someone take a picture or video of me doing so.

In today’s day and age, it seems like anything you can do can go viral.

I could record a video of myself sitting in a chair and staring at a wall and call it the “sit and stare” challenge and get a ton of views on social media!

But anyways, when I thought of today’s exercise topic, the isometric plank, I thought of the planking challenge from several years ago.

Planks are a great way to strengthen your core, back, and other muscles in your body. As a bonus, it can help you get closer to getting six pack abs.

As a matter of fact, according to YogiApproved doing a plank can also help you increase muscle definition, heighten your metabolism, reduce back pain, and improve your posture amongst other things.

So without further ado, let’s get into how to perform this simple yet highly effective exercise.

How to Perform Isometric Planks

Get into the push-up position with your arms straight, abs tight, belly button sucked in, and body straight.

Hold this pose for 10-15 seconds.

Slowly get back to the starting position and repeat.

Try increasing the holding time gradually.

This one is pretty straight forward, but if you’re still not sure how to perform this exercise or if you’re not sure that you’re performing it correctly, don’t worry! I got you covered! Just check out the video below and you should be good to go!

Isometric Planks Video

Final Thoughts on Isometric Planks

Isometric planks are a simple yet highly effective exercise that is worth giving a try.

It doesn’t take a lot of effort to perform and you can perform this exercise right from the comfort of your own home.

I would honestly recommend this exercise for those who are crunched for time with busy schedules and don’t have a lot of time to work in the gym and grind it out for 90 minutes a day.

You can perform this exercise right when you wake up in the morning and before you go to work.

A little exercise is always better than no exercise. So if anything I just described describes you, then definitely give this exercise a try!

Also, if you’re looking to get six pack abs then you’ll definitely want to check out these isometric abdominal exercises.

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Chris Cannon
Chris Cannon

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