The plank has become an easy, post-workout prescription – usually performed by guys who are more concerned with setting the Guinness World Record for time, regardless of how sloppy their form gets. Which is sad, because who properly executed, the plank is the end-all for full-body stability and better posture. Also, it’ll help you chisel out a great set of abs. Here, we outline how to perform the perfect plank, then offer four variations to take it up a notch. Think you can handle it?
Six carry variations to load your frame with muscle.
To build rock-hard core, grip strength, and a big upper back, the loaded carry reigns supreme. You’ve probably done the basic farmer’s walk, but now it’s time for a new twist on the classic muscle-building move.
If you stepped inside the Xavier University strength and conditioning facility during the men’s basketball team’s workouts this past summer, you wouldn’t notice anything out of the ordinary. Players are working hard, and Matt Jennings, MS, MSCC, now in his ninth year as a Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, is encouraging them on.
As Clif Marshall made the three-hour drive from Cincinnati to Bloomington last spring, he thought he had made up his mind. As personal trainer to the Cincinnati Bengals, Xavier Musketeers and Dayton Flyers, and as a key member of a successful training business in Cincinnati, Marshall couldn’t envision leaving.
Ignition is partnering with high school athletic departments nationwide to provide quality strength and conditioning expertise to their student athletes. Ignition provides Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists (CSCS) by the National Association of Sports Medicine (NASM) to ensure elite supervision.
If you want to lift more explosively, then your training better reflect your goals. “A lot of strength programs in America are built around slow, controlled reps,” says Chris Gray, the Senior Performance Specialist at Ignition APG in Mason, OH. “But to be explosive, you must train explosively, and French Contrast is great for this.”