Straight arm plank hold



  1. Begin with a thorough dynamic warm up before starting this exercise. This engages the nervous system.
  2. You should maintain a lengthened position (from head to toe) throughout this exercise.

How to Do:

  1. This exercise is very similar to the prone plank.
  2. Start in a prone position (facing the floor as shown) on the ground with the hands just below the shoulders.
  3. Maintain a lengthened position throughout the body. Push your body off the floor until elbows are flexed to 90° (as shown) and hold for desired length of time.
  4. Watch for excessive arch in lower back and / or excessive elevation of the shoulder blade. These are strong signs of instability (weakness) and may suggest that this exercise is too advanced.


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