Up Stretch Video
Planking is all the rage and with good reason! It strengthens arm, shoulder, abdominal, back, and hip muscles. Want the specifics? Or course you do! The following muscles are utilized during your basic plank when practiced in good form:
Transversus abdominis (if you remember to contract it)
Gluteus medius and minimus
Teres major and minor
That’s an awful lot of muscles for just one exercise and this is with just a basic plank. Think of all the additional muscle groups that are added as you modify your plank. In the video above I am demonstrating one of my favorite planking exercises called up stretch. As you can see, it is really much more than a stretch!