This is an excerpt from Pilates-3rd Edition by Rael Isacowitz.
Also known as the plank or push-up position, the Mat: Front Support uses two critical areas of stabilization: the lumbopelvic region and the shoulder girdle. Strengthening these two areas and establishing good muscle activation provides efficient stabilization for subsequent and more challenging exercises on all the apparatus. It is very common to see push-ups being done incorrectly, with little attention devoted to the setup, and quantity overriding the importance of quality and precision. When good alignment and solid stabilization are lacking, the trunk and the shoulder region collapse, resulting in inefficient and sometimes harmful positions.
Imagine the body as a strong, solid bridge or ramp that will not budge under immense weight.
- Keep the body in a straight line from head to toes.
- Maintain lumbopelvic and scapular stabilization.
- Keep the wrists directly under the shoulders.