Why Planks Hurt Your Shoulders: Understanding the Causes & Solutions

An Athletic Man Performing a Plank

One of the biggest mistakes with planks is to shrug your shoulders up towards your ears. This takes the shoulders out of correct alignment, which puts them in a more vulnerable position. Furthermore, allowing your hips to sag, typically due to weak abs and core, will place more stress on the shoulders. You should also … Read more

Does Punching Your Abs Make Them Stronger? (Explained!)

A Man's Muscular Torso

If you’re wondering whether punching your abs makes them stronger you’ve probably seen many boxers and fighters do this. In fact, it seems to be an integral part of their training. So, I’m sure you’re trying to figure out if punching your own abs will increase strength and muscularity in your midsection. Here’s what you … Read more

Are You Getting Dark Elbows From Planks? (Reasons & Solutions)

Why Do I Get Dark Elbows From Planks?

Firstly, I have to admit that I seem to always have dark patches on my elbows, and even my knees. However, my elbows are definitely worse, especially since I’ve made planks a regular part of my workout routines. Here’s why this happens and what you can do about it. Dark elbows from planking are caused … Read more

Struggling to Breathe During Planks? Here’s Why & The Solution

Why Can't I Breathe During Planks?

Do you find yourself holding your breath whenever you plank? Or do you eventually give up on a plank because you’re struggling to control your breathing? As it turns out, this is an extremely common planking issue. Here’s why this occurs and how to fix it. If you can’t breathe during planks it’s usually because … Read more

Are Planks Better on Elbows or Hands? (it’s NOT What You Think)

Are Planks Better On Elbows or Hands?

It’s the age-old question when it comes to planks – should you be doing them on your elbows or your hands? Plus, is one version better than the other, or does it actually make a difference? Here’s what you need to know. Planks performed on your elbows (forearms) ensure that your body is in parallel … Read more

Why Do I Feel Planks in My Lower Back? (Here’s the 3 Reasons Why)

Why Do I Feel Planks in My Lower Back?

We’ve all been there, right? Firstly, the reason you perform planks is to strengthen your entire core. However, whenever you perform planks you tend to feel it in your lower back. Well, as it turns out, this mainly comes down to poor form. If you’re feeling planks in your lower back this is usually due … Read more

Why Does My Stomach Hurt When I Bench Press? (Solved!)

Why Does My Stomach Hurt When I Bench Press

Are you also wondering, “Why Does My Stomach Hurt When I Bench Press?” It shouldn’t seem right, does it? I mean, the bench press is a chest exercise, although you may often feel the movement in secondary muscles or joints. However, surely you should never be feeling bench press in your stomach? That being said, … Read more

Why Do I Feel Bench Press in My Glutes? (Explained!)

Feel Bench Press in Glutes

Of all the places in the world, Why Do I Feel Bench Press in My Glutes? As weird as it sounds, it’s something that you may have experienced in the gym. Granted, you’re probably more likely to feel your front delts or triceps when you bench. Then again, there is a possibility that you may … Read more

Can’t Feel Abs When You Plank? Here’s Why & How to Fix it!

An Athletic Couple Performing a Plank

If you can’t feel your abs when you plank this is down to incorrect form. The most common issue is that you’re not engaging your glutes. If you squeeze your glutes during planks this will ensure that your hips don’t sag, which will help to target the abs better. Engage Your Glutes When You Plank … Read more