Plink Plank … Plunk!!!
PLINK, PLANK… PLUNK!!!
I’m adding The Plank to my indoor fitness routine starting today. This “beginner’s” exercise strengthens your core muscles.
This is what planking looks like on a buff guy
(On me, it probably looks QUITE different— HA HA HA HA HA!)
After you can hold this position “comfortably” for two minutes (two minutes!?!?!), you can try adding a weighted vest, or doing it sideways, or… (Hello?! Two minutes?!?!?))
I can ride my bike for 50 minutes (slightly uphill with occasional larger hills and longer grades) easily. When I ride at Orting, I ride uphill 750 feet in about 50 minutes.
I can jog in place indoors for ten minutes (alternating jogging with marching and toe-touching and jumping jacks) relatively easily already, which I do several times a day during inclement weather when I can’t be out walking or riding
But this here plank is a serious damned challenge at the start.
I know Ruth Bader Ginsberg planked into her eighties, and I’m not quite 70 (give me four months), but I just tried it, and I managed to hold the position for something over 30 seconds.
I was going to try to hold the position for one minute the first time, so I set the timer on my phone and assumed the position.
I was doing great up until about the second 20 or 22, when it became evident that one minute was going to be quite the stretch (translation: an impossibility!) this first time.
By after second 15 or so the display on my phone disappeared and I couldn’t see my progress second by second, so I started counting “one thousand one, one thousand two…” as my body began to shake… hoping I could make it the final 40 seconds on sheer willpower.
But I finally gave it up at a little past thirty seconds. I’m guessing it was about second 35… maybe 38 if I’m being generous…
It’s a freaking hard exercise for beginners. It doesn’t LOOK hard, but it is!
I will do it for several days, once (maybe twice) per day, and see how much better I get at it.
But I was disappointed this first time out. I figured after months of biking and walking and several days of indoor jogging, I’d do better.
Several years ago, I started planking for a time and I remember getting stronger by the day, to where I could hold it for a minute without sweating or feeling like I might stroke out.
It looks like I’m back at square one in that regard.
I know after my abdominal surgery I will weight about 14 pounds less and be able to do it more easily, but before I go in for that (still no date yet), I want to make my core muscles as strong as I can. I think that will help me recover better, too…
I’m putting this here for accountability. I want to report my progress publicly so I don’t backslide. So, you’ve just become my accountability partner, friend. Don’t let me get away with a half-assed commitment. I want to get, and stay, fit.
And there is no reason I can’t. I just have to commit to doing it.
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