The perfect ab exercise – The Plank (planking)

In today’s modern society when you talk about “Planking” every body thinks it’s posting pictures in Facebook while making out a crazy position. No, I’m not talking about planking the fad. (Or commonly known as the lying down game) I’m talking about the original Planking or “The Plank” which is a very effective yet neglected form of exercise.

The Plank is also known as the front hold, hover, or abdominal bridge. It is an isometric core strength exercise that involves maintaining a difficult position for extended periods of time. It has several variations. The most common of which is the front plank. Other variations include the side plank and reverse plank.

The most common plank is the front plank which is held in a push-up position with the body’s weight borne on forearms, elbows, and toes. The front plank is done by doing push-up position and holding the position for as long as you can with the body’s weight borne on forearms, elbows, and toes. This type of exercise strengthens the abdominals, back, and shoulders. A 68 year old Australian man currently holds the Guinness World Records for doing the Plank position. (33 Minutes and 40 seconds) (Wow ! I can barely do 2 minutes !)

I’ve heard about this form of exercise from another lawyer, who said this is more effective than doing crunches. I’ve tried it out. Haven’t seen the physical effects but I’ve felt that it really works the muscles. The first time I did a 1 minute plank, I almost blacked out. I’ve been doing 1 minute planks, 3 times in the morning and 3 times in the evening together with other abs exercises.

Why not give the plank a try today. Instead of doing the crazy planking fad (People better stop doing this otherwise some people might think they need roadside assistance hehehe):-), do the plank instead and get some exercise ! Doing this is so much better than getting interest only mortgage advice. See the results for yourself! Here is a youtube video on how you are suppose to do it.

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