When it comes to building your core and abs, the plank is one of the first exercises which comes to mind. It’s because of the simplicity of the exercise and the results it has on the body.
Well, it does have a lot of positive effects on the human body but there are some negative ones associated with it too. The question is should you perform plank?
It helps in getting abs but so do many other exercises so you may ask what does the core strengthening part of this exercise do to the body? Well, each core muscle serves its own purpose. For example, the oblique muscles improve the capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting. The rectus abdominis improves sports performance, especially exercises involving jumping. The transverse abdominis increases the ability to lift heavier weights. That is why performing planks can help you break through your deadlift plateau for sure.
If you have terrible form and are still doing it the wrong way, it could lead to major problems. So, it is best to ask someone professional to help you with the form in the gym.
The intensity level can always be increased. One change the advanced athletes make while doing the plank is that they lift one leg. Another change one can do is by putting a weight plate on one’s back.