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Feb 29, 2024 10:52 PM # 
So where's the selfie?
Mar 1, 2024 12:18 AM # 
Well, this made me think that I should do a plank, too. Unfortunately,this was right after dinner, so maybe not the best time. Anyway, got to 2:30, so maybe I just need to harden up, so to speak. I can try again, but don’t think I can approach 5, even before dinner.
Mar 1, 2024 12:44 AM # 
Bravo! 5 is impressive, to be sure. Takes willpower.

I plank a couple times a week (including side planks). But I don't do more than one minute, as it's just one of many exercises I do for my core. I suspect doing 100 planks per year at one minute is a lot better for strengthening one's core than doing one plank per year (per decade?) at five minutes. But who knows. Training is a mystery.
Mar 2, 2024 3:55 AM # 
So, before I jump into the plank challenge, I would like to know what the arm position is…elbow or hands?
Mar 2, 2024 3:55 AM # 
And, where is the selfie?
Mar 2, 2024 12:18 PM # 
Either arm position seems to be acceptable as far as I know. I was doing it on the hands, straight arms.

A lot of strain showing on that face, not sure if it's the effort of the plank or the effort of taking the selfie.

I assume that plank claims from now on will need a selfie verification to have any credibility. :-)

Mar 2, 2024 12:42 PM # 
Valerie, the first plank I did for my challenge I was on my forearms. The rest have been on my hands, and that position felt a little easier to me.
Haven’t attempted a selfie yet.
Mar 2, 2024 4:16 PM # 
Full arm planks engage the arm and shoulder muscles and do less for the core than forearm planks. I can't do full arm planks because of a wrist injury from a cycling accident when I was 15.
Mar 2, 2024 4:25 PM # 
Thanks Phil! Makes sense. I should mix it up.
Mar 2, 2024 6:30 PM # 
Or mix them up: start with full arms then drop down to elbows, one at a time. Hold there and reverse the move.

Or in a full arm position, lift a barbell to your shoulder a few times. Switch arms.
Mar 3, 2024 1:50 PM # 
Another important consideration, obviously -- a different perspective is possible when on the forearms. And it certainly is a lot easier to take.

Mar 4, 2024 7:09 PM # 
Certainly fore arm planks are harder, the more upright you are (ie arm extended) the less the load on your core, although your shoulders are more that point you might as well go to pushups .
As Phil opined, and I don't think it is much of a mystery, 1 minute plank per day is going to make you a lot stronger than 5 minutes once a year, although going for 365 minutes once per year would be an impressive feat.
Mar 4, 2024 9:38 PM # 
366 minutes this year.
Mar 5, 2024 12:03 AM # 
Actually I haven't given a thought to what might make me stronger. But I've given a bunch of thought as to how to keep myself in a good mood during this unplanned layoff. I may have exhausted the value of planking in that regard. On the other hand, the fact that planking can put you in a good mood at least temporarily, who knew?
Mar 6, 2024 11:11 PM # 
Managed 1 bent minute (thank goodness for the cushy dog bed, sans dog, to rest my forearms on). Was tough on my right shoulder. Though, I could maybe claim I was a bit fatigued from the hour with the personal trainer today, which included marching planks…but, I will not…plank was hard! Cushy dog bed or no.
Mar 7, 2024 4:10 PM # 
Don't be like this guy,
Mar 7, 2024 4:15 PM # 
Mar 21, 2024 1:03 AM # 
WR planker sets another record

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