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April 14, 2011 7:42 AM
A FB friend of mine posted some times from a Boot Camp Plank off they held! I couldn't believe the results!!

How long can you hold good form in simple plank position?

I making a pledge for the rest of the month to hold plank as long as possible and see if I can make some progress by the end of the month! Who says you have to wait till the beginning of the month to start :) Anyone else want to join in? Its just a plank, right? (lol)

Steph
April 14, 2011 7:43 AM
I usually do one around 45 seconds. Then one a little longer.
Then my last one I do until I can't hold it any longer.

You'll build up endurance with them quickly, and will be able to last longer. "thats what she said"
April 14, 2011 7:43 AM
Im totally in for this! My abs are nothing to be proud of, i can hard.y hold a plank for asimple minute.
I want to be able to hold it for atleast five... And maybe have a flatter stomache along the way.
Id love to compare plank progress (:
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April 14, 2011 7:44 AM
omg i hate planks! i suck so bad at them but we do them all the time in body pump
April 14, 2011 7:48 AM
I do mine for about a minute. Just work your way up, keep adding a few more seconds every time you do it.
April 14, 2011 7:49 AM
i'm in!!!
  1529982
April 14, 2011 7:49 AM
I hate planks too - but I am totally up for this! I will post my "start time" tonight. thanks for starting this!
April 14, 2011 7:51 AM
3 sets of 30 seconds and side planks are 3 sets of 45 seconds. It's starting to get easier :)
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April 14, 2011 7:52 AM
Oh I want to do this!!!!
  1299395
April 14, 2011 7:52 AM
When I could afford t go to the gym my trainer had me doing plank and push up position. I can hold pushup position longer, but plank I start shaking around 20 seconds. Of course I have no upper body strength and my right shoulder is jacked up. But I make myself hold it for 30 seconds. The more you do it the easier it will get.

I will start tonight and post my times every day. lets see how can get there time up the most.
Edited by b00b0084 On April 14, 2011 7:54 AM
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April 14, 2011 7:52 AM
I can usually hold the first plank for one min. then less, and less..... How many are people doing in one routine???
Would be interested in any other exercise people are doing to build up their abdominal muscles without hurting their back :-)
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April 14, 2011 7:53 AM
I started with planks last night. I held it for 30 seconds rested for 60 seconds and then held it for 30 seconds and rested for 60 seconds and held it for as long as I could..for me was about 20 seconds..

Question, feet together or feet out to the sides a bit? I ended up doing mine at this point with my feet out to the side a bit.. I think it is cheating a bit, but I had to start somewhere... LOL
April 14, 2011 7:54 AM
Im in!!
April 14, 2011 7:55 AM
I'm in! My shoulder is finally better...what better way to test it out than good old plank! Will report times tonight after work.
  4930688
April 14, 2011 7:55 AM
I am up for this - I may not really love planks----but I absolutly love the results. I started doing them in boot camp and could barely hold up at all---my arms would shake bad. Then I got where I could hold it in very form for almost two minutes - hopeing to get back to that!!! So, this is a good challenge for me... I test and see where I am at tonight and post tomorrow!!

Good luck everyone!!!
April 14, 2011 7:55 AM
I do 30 s in the middle, then 30 on the side, 30 on the other, then 30 back in the middle, without resting/dropping inbetween
April 14, 2011 7:56 AM
QUOTE:

I started with planks last night. I held it for 30 seconds rested for 60 seconds and then held it for 30 seconds and rested for 60 seconds and held it for as long as I could..for me was about 20 seconds..

Question, feet together or feet out to the sides a bit? I ended up doing mine at this point with my feet out to the side a bit.. I think it is cheating a bit, but I had to start somewhere... LOL

From what my trainer told me last year, its feet together and butt down with your butt and back flat, your barely inches off the ground if you do it right.
  6414560
April 14, 2011 7:57 AM
45sec to 1 min depending on what kind of plank i'm doing.. Have you guys tried jumping jax planks??? They are INSANE! My trainer introduced me to those last week and keeping good form is ridiculously hard, but when you do them right they are a heck of a workout!
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April 14, 2011 7:57 AM
I really need to start doing this. I can't even hold the position for a second, I suck.
  4520843
April 14, 2011 7:58 AM
I'm in.
  5574262
April 14, 2011 7:58 AM
My trainer has me to 4 sets of Planks 15 seconds on 15 seconds off, bicycles 4 sets 15 reps, then crunches and reverse crunches 4 sets 20 reps each...i do this at the end of my workout M, W and F. I've got a looooong ways to go but I'm already seeing HUGE improvements in my strength and waist size :)
  3565994
April 14, 2011 7:59 AM
is there a correct way to do a plank? I've always thought you hold yourself up on your toes and forearms, but P90X show a plank behing held up on your hands and toes.
  6001453
April 14, 2011 7:59 AM
My son (he's 16) are doing a competition on the Wii Fit w/ the Push Up & Plank Challenge.

I'm losing to him on the push ups now, I'm up to 20 (BOO!!!) I can do 6 push ups w/ side planks, but i'm usually POOPED afterwards. Hopefully after a month or two of doing this I'll be able to do 20 push ups w/ side planks! :)

BUT on the planks I'm kicking his BUTT! I'm up to 104 seconds. Woohoo! He can only do it for 80 seconds, so he's not far behind me. LOL I'm trying to get up to 180 seconds.

Btw, we do alternate each day - we're doing planks tonight, wish me luck! LOL
April 14, 2011 8:00 AM
20 seconds. *Love* planks. I can feel them working, they took inches off my waist quickly and it seems that it's nearly impossible to hurt yourself with them (unlike crunches which I now avoid because my form is godawful).
  5899891
April 14, 2011 8:03 AM
QUOTE:

is there a correct way to do a plank? I've always thought you hold yourself up on your toes and forearms, but P90X show a plank behing held up on your hands and toes.

If you are on your hands and toes then that is a push up position. Those are two compeltely different things
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