Plank challenge

how long can you hold a plank?

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21/08/2012 at 14:53

Are you quite sure that's not you Phil? 

21/08/2012 at 14:54

I've never bothered counting them before - I'll report back on my attempt later

21/08/2012 at 15:06

That's on each leg BTW, although I do rattle through them a bit quicker than her, more like an actual cycling action, less twisting of the trunk, and I stop when form starts getting a bit ragged.

...just checked again.  No, that's definitely not me. I've got sideburns.

21/08/2012 at 15:43

Sideburns? Good to know that's the key distinguishing feature 

So is that 100 on each leg?!

21/08/2012 at 15:49

21/08/2012 at 21:34

I managed 40 - total 

Better luck tomorrow!

21/08/2012 at 21:45

50 secs.

10 secs both feet on ground

Then one leg up hold for 10 secs

Then put that leg down and hold position for 10 secs with both feet on ground.

Then raise the other leg up hold for 10 secs.

Then put that leg down and hold position again for 10 secs

30 secs rest then repeat.

I do them as part of my pre-run strength excersises.

I really should do the side plank as well but I find it almost impossible at the moment to raise my left leg in that position. My left side is by far my weakest.

Edited: 21/08/2012 at 21:46
22/08/2012 at 09:47

Stephen - best way to solve that is to start by only doing side planks on the weak side. Once that's built up to as strong as the otherside, then do both sides. 

22/08/2012 at 10:21

Yeah, I think symmetry's a good principle with core strength.  After all, if it helps with running form like it's supposed to, then you want to correct any imbalances.

22/08/2012 at 10:40

Like two and a half minutes? but that was like acontest so no one wanted to give up!

22/08/2012 at 11:45

I think side crunches are easier than side planks, so maybe start with those to build up strength?

I am pleased to report that my midriff appears more toned than it was before I started this nonsense

22/08/2012 at 11:57
sarah the bookworm wrote (see)

I am pleased to report that my midriff appears more toned than it was before I started this nonsense

Nurse Ratched    pirate
22/08/2012 at 22:46

Answer to thread title -

not very 

23/08/2012 at 10:54

Decided to dust off my Wii Fit board and have a go at this last night. With encouragement from sexy trainer lady* I managed 71 seconds. My record is 137 seconds, that was from a couple of years ago when I was doing it regularly.




23/08/2012 at 11:09

Is that the sexy trainer lady? She needs a better sports bra... 

23/08/2012 at 11:49

I can do a static plank for 5mins but why would you? Major increase in blood pressure levels. There's better ways of working your core intensively in my opinion  

23/08/2012 at 23:06
Woo hoo....I've gone up from 30 to 50 seconds. Go me
24/08/2012 at 09:37

Actually now I remember why I gave up doing 4/5 minute planks.  Bursitis of the elbow.  Not necessarily caused directly by it but could have been a contributory factor; bacteria-carrying gym mats + additional sustained pressure =  Oooww!


24/08/2012 at 11:09

I want a piece of this planking malarky!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

24/08/2012 at 12:30

Does the sexy trainer lady also monitor whether you are holding the correct position? That would be useful - my coach balances a broom handle across my back to stop me sticking my bum out or letting it drop when I'm fatiguing.

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