Better than a thousand ab crunches, the Plank is often voted by many fitness professionals as the BEST overall exercise you can do. The Plank not only fires up all layers of the abdominals, but it also strengthens your back, legs, arms, shoulders, and glutes. So, why wouldn’t you Plank when it does so many great things for you all in one exercise? However, it’s important to learn how to correctly perform a plank to get the maximum benefits. Holding a plank with improper form can lead to increased fatigue (meaning you can’t hold it as long) or potential back problems.
Why you should be doing the Plank
It strengthens your back, legs, arms, shoulders, glutes, and even your lungs!
It helps improve your posture, balance and flexibility
I’ve always tried to lead a healthy, active lifestyle, especially since fitness is my profession. Unfortunately, I’ve recently come to realize that as we age, exercise is not as easy. I hurt more afterwards and take longer to recover; I feel tighter, stiffer, and—most annoyingly—I’m more prone to injuries.
For instance, a few weeks ago I had just started to increase my workouts after recovering from two small injuries, when I went a little overboard while teaching a cardio class. I woke up the following morning and could hardly walk! I had a good idea of what it was, as I’ve heard many people talk about it: plantar fasciitis. All I could do was cry, frustrated at being injured yet again, and concerned that this time it was something as crucial to movement as my feet. I was feeling down and defeated. I was feeling my age!
The Double Straight Leg Stretch is a great and very effective abdominal exercise that targets and strengthens your core. I love this exercise because not only are you working your upper abs, you are also targeting your hard to reach lower abs as well.
Have you checked out our new schedule lately? We always want to keep your workouts fresh and exciting while mixing things up for your body, so we’ve added a few new classes to the schedule to peak your interest!
Advanced Reformer Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m.
Tower of Power Fridays at 12 p.m.
Jumpboard Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Get your cardio on and JUMP into this class!
As a Pilates student many years ago, I had a favorite instructor. I enjoyed learning from her and loved her personality, so I only attended her classes. Then one day, she encouraged me to “spread my wings” and attend other instructors’ classes. I decided to give it a shot, and I was amazed! One instructor gave me a new cue that made me love an exercise that initially I didn’t care for. Another instructor’s way of setting up for an exercise led to better execution on my part. I began to soar in my Pilates practice.
I joined ABC looking for a yoga studio but found pilates was more of my speed. This is not just a place to exercise but an environment where friends come together to get fit, healthy, and happy.
I love the instructors who take good care of everyone. I always get the best encouragement possible! I also like the small class sizes for anything from yoga and pilates to Zumba and TRX.
Thanks, ABC Fitness Studio, for making being healthy fun!
— Candice D.
When my wife convinced me to try ABC Fitness, little did I know it would become an almost daily fixture in my life.
I enjoy multiple classes weekly and each is very special in approach to strength, balance, core, flexibility, and overall fitness. Feeling better and stronger physically leads to more enjoyment in all activities.
I feel stronger and fitter and look forward to continuing to rely on ABC Fitness as an integral part of my life.
— John T.
I’ve been doing pilates for almost 3 years now, and I feel stronger and have improved functionally in my daily activities
I was recommended by my physical therapist when I was a patient with many joint problems. My PT thought Pilates would help me, and it did! I feel stronger, and have a better tone, range of motion, and a stronger core. I can get up from a low sofa with less effort now as my core plus legs are stronger; I owe all these improvements to Pilates. My teacher is patient and kind, always helpful — thank you!
— Surinder B.
ABC has a great variety of group classes, which allows me to take multiple classes and challenge my body in different ways. It keeps the workouts fun and interesting. It helps me reduce stress and keeps me strong!
— Natalie M.
I certainly enjoyed the Pilates session with Charlotte — it provides some pain relief, increased flexibility, and makes me want to be more active.
I have been with ABC for about 7 years, and its biggest benefit has to be no more lower back pain and much more flexibility. Love it here!
— Mike P.
I love ABC Fitness!!! Over the years, I’ve worked out at many places, but this is the first one I absolutely love — so much so that I usually come 7 days a week! What is so special are the small classes that mean lots of individual attention, the extraordinarily knowledgeable instructors, and the nice variety of classes. It has been a huge benefit to my well-being.
— Linda T.
My balance has definitely improved, and I feel stronger. The ABC classes are wonderful! Zumba has always been a joy. Great to dance, dance, dance!
ABC has helped me heal from knee surgery. The classes and teachers are amazing! It is a very welcoming and friendly studio.