The Plank Kicks My Abs!

On February 13, 2010, in Miscellaneous, by scott

In my experience with fitness, I have learned a there are a few things that are true. If you diet or exercise, not both, you will receive less than half of the benefits than if you do both. If you don’t take yourself out of your comfort zone and push your body, it won’t adapt and you won’t grow. If you eat more than you burn, you won’t lose weight (depending on your goals, this might be ok.) But the one thing that has recently effected me has been if you do the same exercises, your body will eventually adapt and slow down on it’s growth or even stop growing. This phenomenon, as you may know, is known as a plateau.

To break through a plateau, one needs to perform different exercises, different ranges of motion, and make their body adapt to something new and different.  In the February 2010 edition of Muscle and Fitness there was an article that wrote about some tried and true techniques that have been around forever but people don’t seem to use anymore. One of the areas it spoke of was abs. Looking for some variety from sit-ups, crunches, reverse crunches, leg raises, hanging leg raises, and V-ups, I noticed something that looked (deceptively) simple called the Plank.  It looked simple enough. Lay down like I’m going to do a push up, then get up on my toes and elbows, and hold it for 60 seconds. Easy… until about 30 seconds into the exercise.

Discovering this simple, new to me, do anywhere ab workout excited me. I felt it the next day, it improved my posture, and made me dread doing it again. Effective. It made such an impression on me, that the next time I was home, I showed it to Crystal. It was then that I learned that it’s been around as a yoga pose for quite a while (and who knows how long before that, hence the type of article I was reading when I learned about the plank.) She then told me about holding the pose, then raising the same side arm and leg in the air. WOW, is that not an easy thing to do. With practice, this came to be what I do toward the end of the rep.

After many 30 second reps incorporated into my workout, I’ve been able to work up the time I can hold it. It is now the exercise I use to finish an ab workout.

Give it a try and let me know how you do. One thing is for certain with me, the plank kicks my abs.

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