By Mike Podesta
You never know when you will learn about a new exercise routine. Yesterday at lunch, I was introduced to the 30 Day Plank Challenge from a friend who is working to get back into shape. I had never heard of the plank challenge. To be quite honest, I wasn’t sure what a plank exercise was until I saw an image of it.
As soon as I saw the image, I had a flashback to high school basketball conditioning. It wasn’t called a plank then, but was referenced to as a front hold. I remember being in a pushup position with my forearms positioned parallel to the ground and my body trembling and abdominal muscles burning after 45 seconds of the exercise. The exercise is intended to help strengthen abdominal, back, and shoulder muscles.
As you can see from the picture, the exercise looks fairly simple. You start in the pushup position with your forearms to the ground. Straighten your body, imagine you’re a plank of wood. Flex your abdominals and hold this position as long as possible. Remember to keep your eyes on the floor and avoid raising your back side. Your body should make a straight line from your heels to the back of your head.
Here’s a video of a woman demonstrating the proper form of the plank exercise. She also goes into detail of additional ways to increase the difficulty of the plank.