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July 3, 2011 12:02 PM
Has anybody here done planks as a regular part of their exercise routine? If so, how do you calculate the calories burned (I can't find them on the database)?

I'm going on vacation in a week and when I get back I want to restart 30dayshred...in the meantime I want to add planks to a my walking/jogging workout and keep that up while on my trip (don't want to mess with a dvd at the beach). glasses

Thanks,
Betsy
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July 3, 2011 12:04 PM
Before I got my HRM, I entered them at "Calisthenics (push-ups, sit-ups) vigorous effort"
  2653536
July 3, 2011 12:05 PM
I do planks on my strength training days. Strength training doesn't usually burn a lot of calories. My 30 minute routine burns about 150 total (HRM calculated). So, I don't think planks burn that much. But they're great for toning and overall fitness.
  8059280
July 3, 2011 12:06 PM
I do them, and just don't really count them.
July 3, 2011 12:08 PM
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I do them, and just don't really count them.


I agree - I kind of loop them in with a regular work out.
July 3, 2011 12:09 PM
Planks is a core strengthening excercise and not really cardio or arobeic. List it as a strength excerise. They are worth doing and including regualrly too.
July 3, 2011 12:09 PM
i do planks and i usually include the calorie burn as part of my sit up or stretching calorie calculation. Try googling it. I found a more specific answer here: http://www.chacha.com/askChaCha/how+much+calories+does+doing+planks+burn. You are probably only going to burn about 10 cals/minute but by all means count if it makes you feel better!
Edited by bikerchick2 On July 3, 2011 12:11 PM
July 3, 2011 12:12 PM
QUOTE:

I do them, and just don't really count them.


Agree, I'd be afraid I'd use that as an excuse to not do carido.
  7591048
July 3, 2011 12:52 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

I do them, and just don't really count them.


Agree, I'd be afraid I'd use that as an excuse to not do carido.


So do most people only log the cardio calories and not strength calories in general?
Thanks.
  6587406
July 3, 2011 12:59 PM
The easiest, most accurate thing to do is purchase a HRM and create your own exercises. I created a 5k, gym workout, and treadmill intervals. My gym workout includes all strength, circuits, and anything else I throw in there.
July 3, 2011 1:36 PM
QUOTE:

i do planks and i usually include the calorie burn as part of my sit up or stretching calorie calculation. Try googling it. I found a more specific answer here: http://www.chacha.com/askChaCha/how+much+calories+does+doing+planks+burn. You are probably only going to burn about 10 cals/minute but by all means count if it makes you feel better!


The site you referenced said 5.9 calories per minute. And even that seems like a wild overestimate, unless you are doing some additional movements while holding the plank position.
July 3, 2011 1:38 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

I do them, and just don't really count them.


I agree - I kind of loop them in with a regular work out.


me too
  85967
July 3, 2011 1:40 PM
QUOTE:

The easiest, most accurate thing to do is purchase a HRM and create your own exercises. I created a 5k, gym workout, and treadmill intervals. My gym workout includes all strength, circuits, and anything else I throw in there.


This.

I have a Polar FT7 (agreed to be highly accurate)...and I burn substantially more calories than MFP gives me for the strength training listed in the cardio section (In an hour of P90x strength training I'll burn 700cal...they give me like 330cal if I recall). Not allowing strength training to apply towards your caloric deficit just seems silly to me...but that's how they set it up for some reason.
  7434194
July 3, 2011 1:43 PM
When I do planks my HR is usually at my resting heart rate so it would be included in my normal activity so I don't count them. I count strength training when my heart rate gets above 100 (I wear my HRM).
July 3, 2011 2:08 PM
Planks are my friend.
Forward planks, with leg lifts or arm raises. Side planks, with hip dips or toe taps.
They are great for the core.
I start and end each strength training workout with a 2minute plank of some sort.

That being said, I don't log the calories.(Nor do I log most of my strength training)
The benefits of planks are fantastic, but until your body really starts to shake your HOUR doesn't really increase, so calories burned are minimal.
  7051243
July 3, 2011 2:14 PM
QUOTE:

Planks are my friend.
Forward planks, with leg lifts or arm raises. Side planks, with hip dips or toe taps.
They are great for the core.
I start and end each strength training workout with a 2minute plank of some sort.

That being said, I don't log the calories.(Nor do I log most of my strength training)
The benefits of planks are fantastic, but until your body really starts to shake your HOUR doesn't really increase, so calories burned are minimal.


^^^^^

Listen to her lol, shaindi's the plank queen =D.

Honestly though...my core strength improved dramatically with planks (I do them tabata interval style for now...wow, ouch). I can't wait to get back to my bodyweight routine (now that I have a REAL pull up/dip station!), so I can start integrating some of these things back into my routine every day!
Edited by crisanderson27 On July 3, 2011 2:14 PM
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July 3, 2011 2:28 PM
Awwww flowerforyou Cris!

(Btw, gotta love autocorrect on my phone: "HOUR" in my post should read "HR" - as in heartrate!)
  7051243
July 3, 2011 7:03 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

The easiest, most accurate thing to do is purchase a HRM and create your own exercises. I created a 5k, gym workout, and treadmill intervals. My gym workout includes all strength, circuits, and anything else I throw in there.


This.

I have a Polar FT7 (agreed to be highly accurate)...and I burn substantially more calories than MFP gives me for the strength training listed in the cardio section (In an hour of P90x strength training I'll burn 700cal...they give me like 330cal if I recall). Not allowing strength training to apply towards your caloric deficit just seems silly to me...but that's how they set it up for some reason.


HRMs are not accurate when it comes to strength training. only cardio
July 3, 2011 7:10 PM
I don't count them either. I just lump it in with my strength/jump training days...
  5038925
July 3, 2011 11:52 PM
They aren't really cardiovascular, althought they are great core/strength training. I do not count the calories burned, as they are most likely minimal.

If you are doing walking planks or side planks, this involves some movements. I would use a heart rate monitor to calculate it if I counted this, but heart rate monitors do not accurately calculate burned calories from non-cardio exercise.
Edited by annegenevieves On July 3, 2011 11:53 PM
March 1, 2013 12:23 PM
Hey Betsy,

A plank will usually burn about 3% (0.03333) of your weight in calories. So, if you weigh 120lbs. then you will burn about 4 calories in 1 minute. If you weight 150lbs. you will burn 5 calories in 1 minute.
I hope this helps. message me if you have any other questions.

Cheers,

Steven Plevel
March 1, 2013 12:25 PM
I do them as part of a circuit training routine, but it's a more advanced variation that involves holding the plank while dragging a sandbag across the ground. Burns more calories that way.
  21291152
March 5, 2013 3:15 PM
Planks don't really count for anything except strengthening your core. Cardio is key to calorie burns!
September 25, 2013 8:36 PM
QUOTE:

They aren't really cardiovascular, althought they are great core/strength training. I do not count the calories burned, as they are most likely minimal.

If you are doing walking planks or side planks, this involves some movements. I would use a heart rate monitor to calculate it if I counted this, but heart rate monitors do not accurately calculate burned calories from non-cardio exercise.


annegenevieve: why? Why does it only burn calories if you're moving? Seriously, explain the physics of this to me. If your heart rate is elevated, why would it matter if you are in motion or stationary? Why would your heart differentiate?
September 25, 2013 8:56 PM
Never did core work in my life however after learning that core exercises can help with my jogging I started doing planks. Now Im able to do 3 sets of 60 sec on forward facing and side planks....

If you want to see a interesting video just get on You tube and look for George Hood's record breaking longest plank.... the guy was dripping sweat & shaking... Im pretty sure it was working his heart pretty good...
Edited by RonW956 On September 25, 2013 9:02 PM
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