Can I just complain for a moment!?! This has been the longest week in creation! I’m SO ready for it to be over and even more ready for the weekend. Just one more day to go!
So today, we’re talking planks. There was a time in my life that I just hated them – I mean I despised them. They were almost too challenging for me; thus, I had no desire whatsoever to even bother with them. Well, as my attitude toward exercise changed (I still need to write a post on that), and I realized how effective a plank can be, I starting incorporating them into my exercise routine more and more, and low and behold, I’ve come to love, okay maybe love is a strong word, I guess I should say I like doing them. Don’t get me wrong, I still find them challenging as heck, but I’ve come to crave that challenge these days, so I keep doing them.
I came across this graphic on Pinterest a while back, and I was pleasantly surprised at how many muscles a plank works. It literally is a total body exercise – it works the shoulders, chest, abdominal and leg area. Pretty amazing, huh?!
At this point, I can really only hold a plank for about a minute or two. My shoulders (and upper body in general) tend to be on the weak side, so they seem to give out a lot quicker than the rest of my body. I’ve always want to try doing a plank challenge, but as much as I like doing them, the idea of holding a plank for 5 minutes seems like an eternity, and in full disclosure, I find it quite intimidating to say the least. Although, I’m loving those tips above to me through it and the slow build-up to 5 full minutes. I do need to give it a try though, as this may be that fitness challenge I’m looking for right now. It would certainly be quite the accomplishment!
The other thing I find appealing about planks is their versatility. There are so many different variations – walking plank, side plank, spiderman plank (my favorite!), plank jacks, reverse planks, plank with left lift, plank with row, etc. If you’re interested, check out Tina’s post for 22 different plank variations. I like exercises that work multiple muscle groups and ALL of these plank variations most definitely fit the bill on that one.
So there you have it…this is why planks are planktastic! Ha…I’m such a dork!
Happy planking! :-)
Do you like to plank?
Have you ever done a plank challenge?
What’s your favorite plank variation?