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The Best Ab Exercise for your Low Back

The Best Ab Exercise

I’m asked often about exercise – specifically exercises to help the abdominals or to help prevent back pain.
Inevitably I will drop down on the floor and demonstrate a “planking” exercise. This exercise is named for the way your body should look when performing it – straight and stable, like a plank.

I won’t go so far as to say that this is the “best” exercise for everyone, but I will say that this exercise probably should be the first exercise that we start with as a foundation for any type of physical training.

Now, the best exercise for anyone to do is one that you WILL do. ­čÖé If done properly, the plank can be done quickly and effectively and yield immense┬ábenefits for your body.

Traditionally, we have been┬átaught to exercise our abs by doing sit-ups or crunches where we flex forward bending the spine and “crunching” our abdomen together. This may or may not be good depending on the person, but it should not be done if you do not have a strong plank position first.

The Plank

In this video, I demonstrate the “Plank” exercise which will strengthen the Transversus Abdominus muscle which connects your lower back and abdomen together.

By strengthening this muscle, you not only tighten your abdomen – you also help to stabilize your lower back. ┬áSince 80% of our population will experience back pain at some point in their life, this exercise can be crucial to restore stability and prevent future injury.

Disclaimer: As with any exercise, consult with your chiropractor or physician prior to beginning.  Proper form is paramount!

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2 comments… add one
  • Dr. Russell Brokstein

    February 19, 2015, 9:52 pm

    Great post… planks are one of my favorite to do to strengthen abs and the core!

  • Patty Temple

    February 20, 2015, 8:41 am

    Thank you Dr. Joel, will aim to give it go.

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