Ski training - core strength
Posted by sibylle in skiing (Tuesday December 9, 2008 at 7:27 pm)

Plank.JPG

Plank

Support  body on toes and elbows

Keep back straight (don’t let it sag)

Hold for 60 seconds

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Half plank

Support body on knees and elbows

Keep back straight

Hold for 60 seconds

My physical therapist had me doing the bottom, half plank, on knees and elbows. If you’re a teenage boy, do the upper version!

I’ve also done planks in my Pilates class. They’re a great exercise for strengthening the core.

I read that it’s better for women to do the lower version, on knees and elbows. I lost the reference, but will post it if I run across it again.

For a video of a plank, click here.

2 comments for Ski training - core strength »

  1. I’ve read the same thing about half-plank being better for women. Same for pushups: men can accomplish full pushups, while women are better off doing half-pushups from the knees.

    Comment by Claire Walter — December 9, 2008 @ 9:45 pm

  2. […] a basic plank – not as snazzy, but simpler. […]

    Pingback by Fun Climbs Around The World » Ski advice - from Ski magazine — January 4, 2010 @ 7:30 pm

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