I learned the hard way that a strong core is key to avoiding all sorts of running injuries, and I learned in physical therapy that planking is one of the best ways to build and maintain a strong core. But the problem with planking is that the stronger you get, the longer you have to hold your planks to keep challenging your muscles and get stronger. But how do you do that without losing your mind?
5 Minutes Of Planking
I usually start with a forearm plank, and hold that for 90 seconds before rolling over to do a side plank (one one forearm), which I hold for 60 seconds before rolling over to do a side plank on the other side. Then I finish with another 90 second forearm plank, by which time my muscles are usually quivering and glad to be DONE!
Last week I had fun with my planks by doing them outside when I could.
It was so HOT and HUMID this week. Getting out early didn’t so much let me beat the heat as simply survive my workouts. Here’s my rundown for the weekly wrap hosted by Holly and Tricia and this week’s guest host–Darlene at My 5k and More.
Monday: 30 min run + 30 min strength training (including planks!)
I caught a nice breeze off the river
Tuesday: Indoor cycling at Revolve + planking in the park
Wednesday: Orange Theory Fitness + planking by the river
Thursday: 6 mile run + planking by the fountain
Friday: Core power yoga, including many flows through chaturanga, side planks and fallen angel (sort of a side plank variation)
Saturday: 35.5 mile bike ride + planking in my garden
Sunday: Indoor cycling at Revolve + planking on the path
How long can you spend planking without losing your mind?
Did you manage to beat the heat this week?