How to Do Plank: Muscles Worked & Proper Form

Plank exercise technique

Muscles Worked in the Plank

Muscles worked in the plank exercise

Primary muscles worked:

Secondary muscles worked:

How to Do the Plank

  1. Stand on your elbows and feet.
  2. Brace your abs and try to form and hold a straight line from your head to feet.


The plank is a bodyweight exercise to strengthen your abdominals. The exercise can be made more challenging by placing your hands or feet on an unstable surface (such as a Bosu ball, balance board, or in suspended rings), or by placing a weight on your back.

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