Planks (An Ab Exercise) - Do you do it?

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  1. Major

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    I've been addicted to working out and exercise routines all my life but only recently started a "Plank Program"....... Anyone here do "planks?"

    Just curious .......... :)
     
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    Not as often as I should....
     
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    For half a second at a time! LOL
     
  5. Ima Teacher

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    I need something for abs.

    I've lost 42 pounds. I'm doing lots of leg work, and people are commenting on that. I'm doing enough arm work that I'm noticing. The chiropractor and massage therapist notice. My abs . . . ummm.

    I've had three surgeries through my abdomen, with the most recent in January. I'm not sure what I need to do, but I hear a lot about planks.
     
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    I love doing planks!
     
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    Ima, you need to let yourself heal before doing anything about those abs. Doing too much with the muscles will cause scar tissue which will make things worse.
     
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    I've been cleared for workouts.
     
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    :lol:
     
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    Good luck then. Hope you don't have the same issues as I had when I was given the ok but my muscles weren't really healed as well as they should have been. A good portion of my second surgery was taking care of the scar tissue.
     
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    I really enjoy lifting weights, and working out on the cable weight machines. I do my fair share of various "crunches" but I can't say I enjoy them. I was recently introduced to planks. At this point I can't honestly say they are a lot of fun .....:lol::lol:

    So, for those who do planks do you still do other ab exercises ... or does planks replace those? Do you do multiple sets of planks each day or just one set ..... and finally how long do you do each plank set?

    Chime in please ........:)
     
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    I don't do it often enough, but I do plank. I move from 2 arms, one arm on sides, then back to 2 arms with a leg lift, then sides with a leg lift. Takes about 5 minutes. If I am feeling extra strong, I start in pushup position, go down on one arm, then down on two arms, then back up to push up position arm arm at a time. I only do it once a day, but I am a softie... Not enough without additional ab-work though. But, it has made the extra work much easier!
     
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    REALLY need to get back on the planking bandwagon.
     
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    There is a 30 Day Plank Challenge online - give it a try!
     
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    No, but I should.

    I finally dug out my exercise ball to start ab exercises w/ it. I've also been to the gym the last 2 days & made sure to get on the machines that work the abs.
     
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    I love doing planks! It's spring so the workouts will begin again...I'm soooooo lazy in the winter.
     
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    Mostly in an aerobic cycle right nw...running and cycling...but I occasionally switch it up with a kettle bell work out that includes planks...they are brutal!
     
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    During my yoga practice, I do! I also like to sloooooooooowly lower to the ground and then slooooooooowly raise back up and then hold it again. :)
     
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    Are you talking about a total of 5 minutes of "planking" without any break? If so, that sounds like a LOT of time to me......:eek:
     
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    stg, I doubt I will ever get to the stage the I "love" doing planks ...:lol: ... but I do believe they are a great exercise for the core...
     
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    I had to google "kettlebell" exercises. Watched a few video links. Looks like awesome (and brutal) exercises.
     
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    I have to take a short break; it would be 3.5 minutes if I did not stop. With moving from one side to the other, it really is easier than just holding a plank steady; and it helps strengthen the muscles on sides of abs.
    1min. In regular plank, 30 seconds on each side, 15 seconds each side with leg in air (trying to build that number) then 60 seconds in regular plank alternating the leg that is in the air.
     
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    I can't seem to hold a plank more than 15 seconds at a time. I need to do more of them since I have less core strength.
     
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    I don't do planks. I tried once, I nearly died :) I couldn't believe how hard they are! Harder than doing a push up, in my opinion.
    I'd rather do crunches, which I also hate, but at least I can do.

    I started doing hula hooping. I've heard from several people that they lost 30 + lbs in a few months, but they were doing it for hours. I know I can definitely feel it, I can't do it for hours, but I put on some music and 30 minutes goes by fast. I've had success with it in the past.
     
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    I love planks. I did a 30 day plank challenge last summer and got up to 4 minutes. I found once I was past the 2 minute mark it wasn't as brutal. I do other core exercises in addition to the plank for variety. Everything feels nice and tight after doing plank exercises.
     
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    Interesting, MissScrimmage ..... I consider myself to be in very good (overall) shape but I find 2 minute planks to be "evil." Did you follow the "30 day challenge" precisely ... or did you work up to 2 minutes using a few extra days? ....... (To me the 30 day challenge is pretty demanding in it's latter part) ........
     
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    Music makes all the difference for me. With music, planking is much easier. Just makes the time pass faster :)
     
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    I followed the challenged precisely, up to the 4 minute mark. I found the hardest transition was going from 1:45 to 2 minutes. After that it wasn't nearly as difficult to move up in increments. I stopped at 4 minutes because I found it boring to go any longer.
     
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    I do planks with my ab exercises. My trainer has me do them for 30 seconds then back to bosu for the other ab stuff. Usually 5 rounds. It has made a huge difference for my back. I have 3 herniated disks and these have helped.
     
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    This. :lol:
     

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