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  • Planks & Martial Arts Strength (popsci.com)
    This Popular Science article looks at how planks help to reduce lower back pain in runners - https://www.popsci.com/deep-core-muscle-running-back-pain#page-2

    This should be true for any endurance sports (i.e. martial arts) because planks focus on your "deeper" core muscles.

    Do you use a lot of planks (i.e. "traditional" planks, side planks, etc.) as part of your martial arts training?

    Here are some wiki pages on planks:
    Planks - http://www.blackbeltwiki.com/plank
    Side Planks - http://www.blackbeltwiki.com/side-plank
    Superman Planks - http://www.blackbeltwiki.com/superman-plank

    Will
    Black Belt Wiki
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      ChuckD I call planks the devil's excersize :) But we still do them at least every other class
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        Will - Black Belt Wiki Ha! You need to ask your instructor to do some advanced devil plank exercises such as superman planks, T-planks, etc. They will make you feel much better! :)

        Will
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      Keno Ogara I've only just started using the plank exercises following advice from a Consultant and have already noticed the benefits to the core area and my lower back, I have used this type of exercise before by keeping the body rigid in the press up position but after looking up plank exercises on the Internet I have found quite a few to use, though I would say they were never used in the Dojo I trained with I'm sure many would benefit by the increased strength and stability of the back.
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      Celeste R Domke I have kids start with planks. Once they can do the planks they graduate to push ups. We do planks periodically with everyone.

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