Group Forum: I love Plank... but HAte it so much

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rocksdale

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Posted: 30 Oct 2012, 12:05
I love Planking as it really is engaging yoru whole body. BUT as I plank, my mind wanders and gets all "quit-y". I hate the struggle of negative thoughts and wish there was an easy fix. Rolling Eyes
JamJ

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Posted: 30 Oct 2012, 14:26
I really like the plank excercise and have started my wife on them as well. I do planks as part of my daily exercise when I try to do at least 2 minutes, split into 2 or 3 "sets". I've gotten up to 1:15 for the first "set". I know what you mean about the mind wandering. What I do is I close my eyes so I don't see my stopwatch and then concentrate on what my body is doing. I concentrate on my form first: where my weight is on my forearms, how high my butt is, how well I've aligned in the "plank" position, etc. Then I concentrate on my breating, deep in and out breaths. While I'm doing that try to suck in my stomach more to get better activation of my abs. Lastly, I see if I can improve anything I'm doing, i.e. "has my butt dropped too much?", "am I holding my breath?", "can I adjust my weight forward more to balance on my whole forearm instead of my elbows?". Usually, while going through all of that I reach my limit and drop.

As long as you concentrate on what you are doing, and I mean really concentrate to the exclusion of everything else, you should not get the "mind wanders". It's taken me a weeks to get close to that point and I still have issues.

If it helps, try reciting a song or a poem in your head while doing the planks. The ABCs work for me sometimes when my mind starts wandering.

Keep it up and I'm sure you'll stop having the "quit-y" thoughts.

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sammyjeantoo

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Posted: 19 Nov 2012, 09:52
I've been wanting to tryplanks but I'll admit I'm a bit nervous about it. They look hard and I'm worriedI might hurtmyslef,LOL. But with all I've heard about them, maybe I'll give 'em a try....





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rocksdale

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Posted: 27 Nov 2012, 11:41
JamJ - that is such encourageing information! thank you. I have been off for a few weeks and it is time to amp it back up. I think I will start my mornings off with a plank or two! thanks!
rocksdale

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Posted: 27 Nov 2012, 11:45
SAmmyJEanToo - I think you really should give it a shot. it is one of those things that it is hard for a reason. either we are starting off very weak and can't hold our own body weight. or we are not confident and discourage easily. what ever the fear may be - I decided to harness it and use it to prove to myself that I can HOLD MY OWN BODY WEIGHT. and the only way to hold it for long periods of time to to challenge your muscles. Plank will give you fast results as far as strength goes. it is a bigger bang for yoru buck if your goal is overall strenght and stamina. Chair pose is another one that is a huge challenge but very quickly builds on itself. good luck.
MoMMaBReNNaN

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Posted: 11 Dec 2012, 07:27
I used to plank when I did my biggest loser workout on the kinect. However, when we had to sell our xbox, I lost interest in continuing my workout which I am paying for now. UUGGHHH. However I did greatly enjoy the results I got with the planks. I think I am going to start today and include them in my workout. Thank you for reminding me about planks.
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BeckaM1211

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Posted: 11 Dec 2012, 12:32
I know this is a dumb question... but what is planking? What kind of activity would it fall under on the exercise counter?
MoMMaBReNNaN

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Posted: 12 Dec 2012, 06:52
Planking is when you get into a pushup position and not doing a pushup, you remain in the up position with elbows just slightly bent(do not lock your elbows) there is also the dolphin plank where you get in the same position but you rest on your elbows with your fists pointed in front of you. Make sure you hold your abs in as this is a great core exercise. The intensity increases the longer you hold the position. There is also alternating planks where you start at the original plank, then drop one arm at a time to the dolphin plank then back up up again. Hope this helps Smile
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BeckaM1211

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Posted: 12 Dec 2012, 08:37
I'll have to try that!! Thanks! Smile
alliecat777

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Posted: 15 Dec 2012, 21:41
I find it helps when I do planks at the gym and have someone encouraging me to keep holding, or to talk to distract me from it. When it's just me I concentrate on the pain and don't push myself as hard. Another thought (which I haven't tried yet) is to do it when you're watching TV-during commercials or something.
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