Almost every athlete (including every sport) goes through a similar basic training drill which involves your regular sets of core strength workout. And one of them is doing a plank. Now, most of you have already tried it, but for those who have only had a glimpse, let us tell you that despite being the most popular exercise in the world, it is arguably one of the toughest physical jerks to perform.
For athletes, it remains a must simply because it helps in strengthening the core; something which every sports demand. Experts have suggested doing a plank not just helps an individual to reduce the belly fat, but also reduces back pain; an issue that has been troubling athletes for ages.
Now there’s an argument that sit-ups and crunches have exact pros as a plank, but that sometimes leave an effect on the lower back. Furthermore, studies have shown planks burn more calories than sit-ups and crunches.
Plank may not look extremely athletic, but as they say, “it’s the little details that are vital. And little things make big things happen.” Fatigue is one of the most common occurrences in the world of sport and plank, in one way or the other, helps athletes over it by squeezing the core to its maximum. Or as Stealth Body Fitness quoted, “plank engages multiple groups of muscles in your core and entire body”
Sports like Football and Basketball, to name a few, are robust in nature, hence injuries are frequent. And to avoid any mishap, these athletes work on their core, which helps them in stabilizing their structure in time of firm contact. This is where doing planks help. The more you are used to doing this exercise, the far you stay away from injuries; it is as simple as that.