The Swiss Army Knife was my trusted tool for many years when backpacking through wilderness areas, and years later when I cruised through the Bahamas. The handy scissors, tweezers, knife, screwdrivers, and awl were my favorites. Now I rely on the Leaning Plank Series as a handy tool to swiftly get my body into balanced alignment. Here are the many benefits you can expect.
To help my dance teacher Anna return to greater mobility following a spinal fracture, I introduced her to the Leaning Plank exercises I had been developing. She’d been in pain and inactive for a few months. We were at her oceanside home at Sea Ranch. From the kitchen counter we could watch the coastal cypress
"This one exercise does it all," said Anna, my dance teacher, as she demonstrated a plank position against her studio wall. "Stand tall, Suki. Lean. Bring in your belly (toward your backbone) so you stay straight. Hold. Can't you feel your core strengthening? Now try some push-ups. Can you feel how your back strength connects to your core?"
I was skeptical that the Leaning Plank could be the Swiss Army knife of exercise until I began exploring its seemingly endless variations.
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