Beyond the Plank: Core Stabilization Exercise
A really quick one for you all today that I am sending along because I think you are overusing the ‘plank’ for your core stabilization.
I love plank exercises and use them all the time, but I want to give your body a little more challenge with this multi-planar version, which means you need to stabilize in different directions at the same time, much like you do on the ice.
You can do this exercise with a resistance band or cable column.
This video shows you exactly how to do it:
Here are the key points you need to focus on:
- Stay tall in your kneeling position
- Do not let your shoulders rotate (your torso should remain stable)
- Start with a fairly light resistance – 15 pounds or so
- Do two to three sets of eight reps facing each way
- Pay attention to the tension developed in your hips and abdominals as you complete the exercise. Feel it working.
You can still do your planks, they are a great exercise, but try adding this one to your routine once per week.
Hockey strength and conditioning coach Maria Mountain, MSc specializes in off-ice training for hockey goalies. As the founder of www.GoalieTrainingPro.com and the owner of Revolution Sport Conditioning in London, Ontario, Maria has trained Olympic Gold medalists, a Stanley Cup Champ and athletes from MLB, NHL, AHL, CHL, CIS and more.
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