I’m not very consistent. I dont like to do things over and over and over again. That’s why I try to make my fitness or nutrition challenges different each week. Nothing can ever get boring if you try to spice it up a bit.
But then I got word of the #plankaday challenge going around twitter, and I though, “Hmmm… that could really be awesome!”
But wait- didn’t I just get done saying that I hated routine? Wouldn’t doing the same strength training exercise over and over again defeat my never ending goal to mix up my workouts?
Yes! and No!
Planks are fabulous. They challenge your core and shoulder strength. Unlike crunches, they challenge your entire abdominal area and lower back. And you dont have to do a million of them to see results.
But the best part is that there are a bajillion different versions. Sure, there are the standards:
But then people improved upon it. They added side planks:
And then, made it more complicated with twists:
Of course, someone got the great idea to add props!
And, why not just work your shoulders and core? Let’s add legs!
Some people get really hardcore in their planks:
But you can make them easier by dropping to your knees, criss-crossing your feet, changing your hand or forearm position, etc.
… and all you have to do is hold it. I know people who do interval planks where they are in plank position for 10 seconds and then rest 10 and do it all over again. Others can hold planks for minutes at a time. I can do a regular forearm plank for about a minute twenty before I fall in to a heap.
Put multiples versions of the plank together and you’ve got a pretty formidable core and shoulder workout. You can even add them to your yoga routine (vinyasas) for a more soothing version!
What’s your favorite plank?… and no, I do not mean this: