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The plank is a Core exercise and the abdominals are certainly a major part of the Core so their position does matter. Just keeping back, hips, legs etc in a straight line is not enough as it is possible to do that relying on the spinal erectors. The key is to be able to tilt the pelvis forward by contracting the abdominals and producing a canister of muscle which supports the spine, alignment and organs.
Originally Posted by Wanderlust
I've been maintaining a straight back, neck, hips, legs position in the plank, not the hips up position of the hollow plank I viewed on one YouTube video. When I don't contract my abs more than naturally occurs with holding the plank, my belly hangs down in one lump. When I contract my abs to try to pull things up, I get a crease near my belly button with more "belly" hanging down on one side than the other, and a little reduction in how much seems to be hanging..but the effect is still nothing like flat abs. Seems like the 'gravity su*ks' reminder applies to me & planks regardless.
Originally Posted by sandstone
I have one of those impedance scales that says my visceral fat is 5%, for what that is worth. I did read Mark's posts on not trusting these sorts of numbers, and it probably applies even more so to a home scale costing ~ $120.
Last edited by Jessthetipus; 10-19-2012 at 01:56 AM.
It sounds like you are on the right path, by all means maintain the hips at a level so your crown to heels align. Just keep working on tilting the pelvis, don't try to suck the belly in, rather try to shorten the line between your groin and the breastbone. This should result in a tight, flat stomach (after some practice ).
Originally Posted by NextSteps
It will also help to keep a tight shoulder pack and to drive you heels away hard.
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