Common questions

What is a hardstyle plank?

What is a hardstyle plank?

Hardstyle plank is very similar to regular elbow- or low-planks but as opposed to ‘just’ holding your body, you pull your elbows and your heel towards the centre of your body, without actually moving them.

What is the hardest version of a plank?

To make a standard Plank ridiculously hard, try the Russian Kettlebell Challenge Plank. Created by former Soviet Spetsnaz trainer and kettlebell guru Pavel Tsatouline, the RKC Plank transforms a traditional Plank into a completely different beast.

What are the three types of planking?

12 Plank Types For Core Strengthening

  • Side Plank (Shifting) To get your obliques a bit more involved, try the Side Plank.
  • Reach Plank. If you feel you have or wish to have strong shoulders, the Reach Plank is for you.
  • Plank Wiper.
  • Plank Jacks.
  • Side Plank Leg Raise.
  • Plank-Up.
  • Sliding Plank Crunch.
  • Plank Crunch.

What is a RKC plank?

The RKC plank is intended to work the underlying core muscles under increased loading, rather than under prolonged hold. This increased loading helps to activate the smaller stabilizer muscles throughout your core, making it more effective than the standard plank.

How long should you hold a hardstyle plank?

Hold for 10 to 30 seconds, remembering to breathe and keep your muscles engaged the whole time.

How long should I plank for?

Most experts suggest anywhere from 10 up to 30 seconds is plenty. “Focus on doing multiple sets of smaller amounts of time,” says L’Italien. As you progress, you can extend your plank for up to one or even two minutes, but don’t go beyond that.

What is the best type of plank to do?

Bottom line: A forearm plank will help you target those abs more effectively, but a standard straight-arm plank is better for total-body conditioning. For best overall results, switch it up frequently and add in some dynamic plank movements, as well.