Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Plank Challenge

There is a girl in one of my classes who holds quite a record for holding a plank position for 6.5 minutes {and improving!}. I thought it would be a good challenge for my classes. So, I am extending the challenge to you all as well! Try it out! Get into this position on a comfy floor or mat: The key is to stay in a straight line with your body. TRY NOT TO LIFT YOUR BOOTY up above the rest of your body. If you do that, you are not doing it correctly!

1. Get a stopwatch
2. Get into the position
3. Hold it for as long as you can without dropping your knees {basically don't move at all from the position}!
4. Once you are absolutely spent, stop {don't be a weenie though}!
5. Check your time
6. Post it in the comments section! Keep posting improvements as well! Don't be embarrassed! If you have never done it, you will be doing good to hold for 20 seconds!

Kimbo and I have been doing our planks daily! I am up to a 4 minute plank!!!! BEWARE: you will shake, grunt, groan and moan. But keep holding, ladies and gents! Tighten your abs and take deep breaths! It's on! Let's get those abs in shape for {gasp} swimsuit season!!!!

Happy Planking!


  1. Nic,

    Note: My planking can only be held at a max for one minute, before falling to the ground. I have rested for a minute and gone back to another minute. My goal is two minutes before heading back to your body shaping class next week. Is that possible?!? However, I do advise a mat. I now have carpet burns on both of my arms from this little ditty. I've tried resting them on a pillow, but it doesn't seem to help the pain! Thanks for the challenge Nic.

  2. thanks for the challenge! I can do it almost a minute... and the Wii fit has a plank position on it so you can see where your balance is while you are doing it- kind of cool. Will keep working on this one!

  3. It's been awhile since I've been to this blog. I started training with a personal trainer on March 22nd. I've done many planks since then. So far, I can hold the plank for one minute. I started at 30 seconds. I have A LOT of weight to hold up so I'm very proud with my one minute. Working on it though! Thanks for the challenge and motivation! I love your blog!

  4. yay jennifer!!!! keep at those planks, they are SO GOOD for your abs!!! keep inching up--every second is a victory!

  5. In Track today we did a contest to see who could hold the plank the longest. I'm 16 and held it for 4 minutes and 10 and finished 5th. I was interested in whether that was really all that great and what a good goal for me to reach for would be.