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  • I do not do planks

    27 40.91%
  • Straight planks less than a minute

    5 7.58%
  • Straight planks about 1 minute

    11 16.67%
  • Straight planks more than one minute

    17 25.76%
  • Side planks less than a minute

    9 13.64%
  • Side planks about a minute

    5 7.58%
  • Side planks more than a minute

    4 6.06%
  • I do the above daily

    7 10.61%
  • Less than daily

    19 28.79%
  • Pther - kindly tell us below

    5 7.58%
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    Do you do planks for core strength?

    Planks are frequently mentioned as a good technique to develop that necessary core strength

    Answer as many as is appropriate - multiple response poll.

    Straight planks? How long?

    Side planks? How long

    How many?

    How often?
    Last edited by DnvrFox; 03-18-12 at 08:05 AM.
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    And just why do you want to know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post
    And just why do you want to know?
    And just why do you want to know why I want to know??
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    When my sciatica clears up more, I'm going to start doing planks.

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    I do these for core something-else.


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    Just curious, DF, does "Pther" mean the same thing as "pshaw" or "ptooey?"

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    I do straight planks starting at a minute and working up to 3 minutes. I can't do side planks very well because of shoulder rotator cuff issues.
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    Don't get me wrong I think planks are good for core strength and I used to do them but I've found the rowing machines at the Y to be better. With them I can do less intensity for much longer time periods. IMO it builds endurance, balance and flexibility.

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    I have no idea what this means.

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    Three to 5 days a week--straight planks, straight plank leg lifts, leg lifts while in a bridge, hyper extension on a balance ball, crunches, reverse sit up on a balance ball, bent over rowing with light weights, bridge with feet on a balance ball, ab sled, and across body pulldowns for core strength.

    These are fit in between sets of my other weight training exercises.

    Side planks are also not that good for your knees.
    Last edited by Doug64; 03-18-12 at 09:47 AM.

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    I ride my bike for overall fitness/endurance. I do a weekly brief, quick, high intensity weight set (Body by Science regimine) for muscle tone and I throw in planks a few times a week for the stomach. I do 2 minute straight planks and 1 minute side planks.
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    On the rare occasions when I do the strength exercises my coach has assigned, they include planks. I do everything she assigns on the bike, but struggle with the gym stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miss kenton View Post
    Just curious, DF, does "Pther" mean the same thing as "pshaw" or "ptooey?"
    It means pheck with this pnonsense!!
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    I do them for a minute, supported on my elbows on a BOSU ball. I shake like a leaf.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cccorlew View Post
    Thanks, I didn't know.

    I think my wife and I do team planking, does that count?

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    Quote Originally Posted by miss kenton View Post
    Just curious, DF, does "Pther" mean the same thing as "pshaw" or "ptooey?"
    Pfffft.

    (that was an internet fart)
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldsCOOL View Post
    Pfffft.

    (that was an internet fart)
    This forum is such a man's world. I feel so alone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GFish View Post
    Thanks, I didn't know.

    I think my wife and I do team planking, does that count?
    cccorlew is punking you.
    Plank:

    Side Plank:

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    Or:



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    which is how I do them.





    "The Plank Exercise – Most Effective Core Exercise"

    "The plank exercise is by far the most effective core building exercise. Start including it in your workouts immediately and get rid of those spine-damaging crunches. Start slowly. Don’t be discouraged if you can’t hold the plank for long periods. Keep working and try different variations. You’ll build great abdominal strength with this exercise."
    Last edited by DnvrFox; 03-18-12 at 06:05 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miss kenton View Post
    This forum is such a man's world. I feel so alone.
    Ladies don't pfffft ?????????????
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    Why don't we call them pushups anymore?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DnvrFox View Post
    Ladies don't pfffft ?????????????
    If we did, and I''m not suggesting we do, we never discuss it. Nor do we sweat; we glow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulH View Post
    Why don't we call them pushups anymore?
    Because this is not a push-up. It is a stationary position.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulH View Post
    I have no idea what this means.
    Discussion revolves around wooden planks?

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