The Plank Exercise 5-Minute Challenge
Mental Edge Monday
Topic #23: The Plank Exercise 5-Minute Challenge - Can you Hang?
The plank is one of my favorite exercises. It's very versatile and demands great effort from your core. It's also very easy to do, anywhere you are, at any fitness level, with no equipment. It's also why you will find several variations of the plank exercise in quite a few FitDecks.
I like to challenge myself to exercises that anyone can do. Nobody has any undue advantage when it comes to the plank. It's just a matter of whether you get down and ever practice it.
I will soon release a video covering the many ways to train the plank exercise - from very beginners who will start on their knees and elbows, to the advanced person who will hold themselves up with only two points of contact.
Until then, I wanted to offer a challenge to see how many people can hold a solid plank for 5 minutes. This video shows you what happened when I gave it a try.
Please let me know if you can meet this challenge. I am curious if this would generally be considered a difficult challenge or not.
If you couldn't quite hold on for 5 minutes, stay tuned for "Plank Exercises 101" for a rundown of many different variations on the plank and how best to improve your performance. If you nailed it, congratulations. I want to hear about that, too.
Until next time, Keep the Edge,
Phil Black (FitDeck Founder)