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The Plank

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2011/03/22 19:01:29 (permalink)

The Plank

I'm currently bulking, broke my back a yr and half ago and one of the physio exercises I got given was the plank and I quite like it.
 
Since I'm bulking so obviously not bothered about abs, is the plank a good exercise to do to build up core stability as well as getting abs a little bit in shape for when you come to shred off the fat?
 
Also, any recommended routines? been doing 1min on/1 off/1on/1 off/1 on plus some 30 secs side planks.
 
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    dirtyvest
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    Re:The Plank 2011/03/22 19:14:54 (permalink)
    There are loads of plank variations, try google and YT. Altho some stuff on there is uber difficult.
     
    I've not done regular ab work for years just core stuff and my abs are fine (when I'm lean enough LOL)-  ab work is sooooo overrated IMO.

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    Re:The Plank 2011/03/22 22:03:43 (permalink)
    When I do plank I put a weight on top of my back (20kg one at the moment) to push me more.
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    Re:The Plank 2011/03/22 22:44:33 (permalink)
    Never done it with a weight, usually try and hold it for as long as possible, usually 2 minutes or so, then a minute rest n then go for aslong as possible again, usually a minute or so

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    Re:The Plank 2011/03/23 12:13:29 (permalink)
    When I was younger and leaner (lighter) and climbing a few grades higher than I do now, I used to do the plank with feet off the ground, and then do footless push ups from the plank! (With hands nearer the hip and fingers pointing away from the body).
     
    Nowadays I can manage the no feet plank for about 8 seconds and then I collapse!  Oh, the joys of just 15 years of ageing!!! I can squat LOADS more than I could then, though!
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    Re:The Plank 2011/03/24 18:59:30 (permalink)
    dirtyvest

    There are loads of plank variations, try google and YT. Altho some stuff on there is uber difficult.

    I've not done regular ab work for years just core stuff and my abs are fine (when I'm lean enough LOL)-  ab work is sooooo overrated IMO.

     
    glad you said that, thats what im hoping, do core work now while bulking so abs are good when I trim down. any other good core stuff?
     
    Tom C

    When I do plank I put a weight on top of my back (20kg one at the moment) to push me more.

     
    LOL.. I wouldnt last 2 secs with a 20kg on my back!!!
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    Re:The Plank 2011/03/24 19:00:22 (permalink)
    Bollard

    When I was younger and leaner (lighter) and climbing a few grades higher than I do now, I used to do the plank with feet off the ground, and then do footless push ups from the plank! (With hands nearer the hip and fingers pointing away from the body).

    Nowadays I can manage the no feet plank for about 8 seconds and then I collapse!  Oh, the joys of just 15 years of ageing!!! I can squat LOADS more than I could then, though!

    How do you mean with feet off the ground? On a step?
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    Re:The Plank 2011/03/24 19:23:01 (permalink)
    Think he means planche style?
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