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2015/02/23 15:09:42 (permalink)
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Who's the biggest Planker - challenge. Planking advice needed...

 
Bloke I work with was wondering who the biggest planker in the office is, and as such has organised a competition to find out once and for all.
 
He has suggested we follow a 30 day plank challenge, which is a training plan which will see you holding a plank for 5 minutes by day 30... (20 secs on day 1, 30 secs on day 2 etc etc)
 
This is all great fun, physically beneficial etc etc.. however, on day 30 there's a competition to see who can plank the longest. I really can't be letting my geeky fellow co-workers get the better of me here  and with a prize and bragging rights at stake... I was hoping the fitness elite at MuscleTalk central would have a bit of a training advice to build up my core-planking-stamina which would give me a bit of an edge??? 
 
 
 
 
 

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Re: Who's the biggest Planker - challenge. Planking advice needed... 2015/02/23 15:55:24 (permalink)
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Well firstly don't follow that suggested plan for progression.

What can you plank atm? I would imagine the average lifter could do around 3 mins.

Some days do one long set to failure. Some days do sets of say a minute. Other days have someone put weight on you and do sets of 20-30 seconds.

Challenges like planks and pull ups are always full of people cheating with crap form so call them up on it.

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Re: Who's the biggest Planker - challenge. Planking advice needed... 2015/02/23 16:08:21 (permalink)
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Cheers 
 
I had a quick go on Saturday - had no idea how I would do, I lasted 1 minute 30 seconds!  Tried again Sunday morning and done 2 x 2 minutes... by which time my abs were burning hard 
 
Sets, weights etc sound good, - what about all the diferent elbow one leg type of variations - are they going to also build endurance do you reckon?
 
And how often - how about plank training 6 days a week (then taper off before the showdown) ?


 
 
 
 

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Re: Who's the biggest Planker - challenge. Planking advice needed... 2015/02/23 21:35:08 (permalink)
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jack5r

I would imagine the average lifter could do around 3 mins.




Yea the average lifter is superman riiight

I do a lot of push ups and sit ups. And I drink plenty of milk.

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Re: Who's the biggest Planker - challenge. Planking advice needed... 2015/02/23 21:41:49 (permalink)
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I did 4mins few weeks back as part of the gym comp. I didnt think id get that tbh. The current leader is on mins :)
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Re: Who's the biggest Planker - challenge. Planking advice needed... 2015/02/23 22:45:01 (permalink)
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Skrewdriver - You could plank everyday, just make sure you stretch out abs and hip flexors. Yes heavier weights will also help with endurance.

Bossred - Really? When I say lifter I mean someone who trains seriously. Rather than a 'gym user' who is any old person with a gym membership.

I recon average on here would be about 3 mins and most people don't lift lol.

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Re: Who's the biggest Planker - challenge. Planking advice needed... 2015/02/23 22:50:40 (permalink)
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I recon average on here would be about 3 mins and most people don't lift lol.


Back when I lifted (LOL...) I found my knees gave way long before my core did when planking... Apparently it's one of the most aggravating positions if you have a tight IT-band.

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Re: Who's the biggest Planker - challenge. Planking advice needed... 2015/02/23 23:30:54 (permalink)☄ Helpfulby Shae 2015/02/24 10:36:29
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sad sad people



Wanna Get BIG And Ripped To The Bone !!
BOLD AND LOVING IT!
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Re: Who's the biggest Planker - challenge. Planking advice needed... 2015/02/24 10:51:37 (permalink)
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I'm actually quite happy :)
 
Cheers Jack - good points on stretching
 
 
 

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Re: Who's the biggest Planker - challenge. Planking advice needed... 2015/02/24 10:57:39 (permalink)
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sad sad people




Excellent post, I would suggest putting this up in the training session.
Answers the OP's question and provides a great opportunity for a talking point.
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Re: Who's the biggest Planker - challenge. Planking advice needed... 2015/02/24 13:49:02 (permalink)
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Lol. How about a wank off then?

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Re: Who's the biggest Planker - challenge. Planking advice needed... 2015/02/26 16:36:58 (permalink)
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2 min 17 sec and my guts we're on fire lol. Will keep trying though.







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Re: Who's the biggest Planker - challenge. Planking advice needed... 2015/02/26 17:30:30 (permalink)
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I'm going to try some kipping planks later.. Reckon I could go 10min

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Re: Who's the biggest Planker - challenge. Planking advice needed... 2015/02/27 15:33:41 (permalink)
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2 mins 32sec







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Re: Who's the biggest Planker - challenge. Planking advice needed... 2015/02/27 15:43:22 (permalink)
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why would you want to?? lol
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Re: Who's the biggest Planker - challenge. Planking advice needed... 2015/02/27 15:47:25 (permalink)
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why would you want to?? lol


Why bother training?







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Re: Who's the biggest Planker - challenge. Planking advice needed... 2015/02/27 16:37:35 (permalink)
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Re: Who's the biggest Planker - challenge. Planking advice needed... 2015/02/28 07:47:12 (permalink)
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My 16 year old daughter does 3 x 5 minutes every day, she says it helps with her martial arts training.
 
I tried and managed just over 3 minutes, small of back went first, still sore.

 
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Re: Who's the biggest Planker - challenge. Planking advice needed... 2015/02/28 13:52:19 (permalink)
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They are a very effective exercise, any one thinking different should try them out and see how they do.
I used to do them as part of a core W/O.  
Got me thinking of going back to them now.
Definitely something to build up to slowly, they are deceptively demanding .
For extra stress try doing "vacuums" while in the planking position. 
For the competition you will need to be sure everyone is clear about the importance of good form, no slackers allowed   .
post edited by Dumbat - 2015/02/28 14:11:50

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Re: Who's the biggest Planker - challenge. Planking advice needed... 2015/02/28 14:08:55 (permalink)
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Lots of articles say they are worthless as an excercise for building the abs.
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