High front plank exercise

High front plank

Exercise details

  • Target muscle: Rectus Abdominis
  • Stabilizers: Obliques, Iliopsoas, Tensor Fasciae Latae, Quadriceps, Sartorius, Sternal (Lower) Pectoralis major, Serratus Anterior, Pectoralis Minor
  • Mechanics: Isolation
  • Force: Push

Starting position

  1. Get into a push-up position.


  1. Breathing normally and keeping your body in a straight line from head to toe, hold the position for the prescribed duration.

Comments and tips

  • Plank exercises help you develop your core strength and stability. Since the high front plank involves holding and maintaining a position, the muscles are worked isometrically.
  • This exercise is easier compared to the standard plank.
  • Make sure to breathe normally during the exercise.
  • Do not arch your back nor let your belly sag to the floor.
  • Do not tilt your head up. Keep your neck in line with your torso.
  • Make sure your arms are straight and that your palms are in line with your shoulders.
  • To make this exercise more challenging, lift one leg or one arm off the floor for the duration of the exercise. Doing so will increase demands on your muscles to maintain balance and stability.
  • See also the kneeling plank, stability ball front plank and the high front plank with arm raise.
  • For more challenging exercises, see the iron cross plank and the weighted front plank.
  • To specifically target the serratus anterior, see also the incline dumbbell shoulder raise.

High front plank video


ExRx.net, Spinal Articulations

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