Planks everyday?

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    Oct 17, 2011 9:18 PM GMT
    I'm addicted to planks, not the burning feeling in my stomach after a few minutes cantilevering, but rather the abs that bulge afterwards and that are otherwise maddeningly elusive.

    I've heard contradictory information about the desirability of doing planks daily. I've read in some places that you can do stability exercises like planks daily and elsewhere that abs are like any other muscle and therefore should not be trained on consecutive days.

    I'm wondering what fellow Realjockers believe. Does anybody else share my addiction and succumb to the urge to shut their office door and suspend into a plank after coffee, at lunch, before leaving for the day, and then again when you get home, after you eat, before you go to bed....

    LOL. I said planks had become my drug.
  • a303guy

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    Oct 17, 2011 10:26 PM GMT
    now this is an interesting post. i personally have no opinion on it, because I'm really not that familiar with it, other than the random youtube post. From a workout standpoint (i.e., as the OP stated doing planking just at odd times during the day) i'm actually really interested in see what people say, or actually do...
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    Oct 17, 2011 10:40 PM GMT
    While I have NO addiction to them - I found I made the biggest strides by doing them every day. Every guy I spoke to with TRULY amazing abs told me they worked them everyday in spite of what they had been told.

    I actually do side planks with a 50lb barbell balanced kinda over and just below my ribcage. Although time has not alowed me to do them every day for a few weeks now I do them at least every other day.
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    Oct 17, 2011 11:56 PM GMT
    Cash saidWhile I have NO addiction to them - I found I made the biggest strides by doing them every day. Every guy I spoke to with TRULY amazing abs told me they worked them everyday in spite of what they had been told.

    I actually do side planks with a 50lb barbell balanced kinda over and just below my ribcage. Although time has not alowed me to do them every day for a few weeks now I do them at least every other day.


    God damnit now I have to add planks icon_razz.gif
  • a303guy

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    Oct 18, 2011 1:15 AM GMT
    Cash = amazing abs and obliques = does planks
    A303guy = crappy abs and no obliques = conventional crunches

    i totally get the math here. guess i'm adding planks.
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    Oct 18, 2011 1:23 AM GMT
    planks any time, any day, anywhere!!!!
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    Oct 18, 2011 1:28 AM GMT
    I can't answer the OP's question, but this is kinda related.

    What kind of planks do you do? My trainer had me start with basic planks, but now I do all sorts of crazy positions. I never feel them in my abs. Usually, my arms are the first to get tired.
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    Oct 18, 2011 1:33 AM GMT
    a303guy saidCash = amazing abs and obliques = does planks
    A303guy = crappy abs and no obliques = conventional crunches

    i totally get the math here. guess i'm adding planks.


    LOL - you are being too kind to me and WAAAY too hard on yerself!!!

    I HAVE been told many times that "conventional crunches" are not efficient at all. I suppose it all boils down to form but there are def better methods.

    I am curious to see if MMTM weighs in on his as I think he has beconme the resident expert and usually has a million scientific facts to back up his points.
  • DCEric

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    Oct 18, 2011 1:43 AM GMT
    DudeInNOVA saidI never feel them in my abs. Usually, my arms are the first to get tired.


    So. Much. This.

    I only ever feel a plank in my abs when I do them at the end of an intense ab workout.
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    Oct 18, 2011 1:47 AM GMT
    i think i have the same problem...sometimes ill watch tv and just do planks while watching. I don't like the burn either but doing them gives me some type of emotional satisfaction that I can't seem to resist. not a bad thing though they only help!
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    Oct 18, 2011 1:50 AM GMT
    I strive to do 2 or 3 planks a day for at least two minutes each. If I'm watching TV, commercial time is a good time to do them. Anything that improves the core is a good thing.
  • Ironman4U

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    Oct 18, 2011 1:53 AM GMT
    There's more than one way to get amazing abs. I used to do some ab workout every time I worked out and then switched a couple years ago to 2 intense workouts a week. I personally found better results with the latter.

    As far as planks, I do them sometimes in my routine of ab work but there are other ab exercises I prefer. On a side note, a buddy challenged me to a 5-minute plank contest. I lasted until about 5:15...shake and burn baby!
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    Oct 18, 2011 1:57 AM GMT
    So... what's the best way to do planks? Please share your plank routines.. ;-) I think I might add them too....
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    Oct 18, 2011 1:59 AM GMT
    partouse saidI'm addicted to planks, not the burning feeling in my stomach after a few minutes cantilevering, but rather the abs that bulge afterwards and that are otherwise maddeningly elusive.

    I've heard contradictory information about the desirability of doing planks daily. I've read in some places that you can do stability exercises like planks daily and elsewhere that abs are like any other muscle and therefore should not be trained on consecutive days.

    I'm wondering what fellow Realjockers believe. Does anybody else share my addiction and succumb to the urge to shut their office door and suspend into a plank after coffee, at lunch, before leaving for the day, and then again when you get home, after you eat, before you go to bed....

    LOL. I said planks had become my drug.


    How long do you hold them for? I'm confused if longer necessarily means better, as far as planking is concerned. I've worked up to holding it for ten minutes at a time, and I've been doing them daily for a few months. Along with leaning out, I can most definitely see a difference.
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    Oct 18, 2011 2:01 AM GMT
    TerraFirma saidSo... what's the best way to do planks? Please share your plank routines.. ;-) I think I might add them too....


    i lay on my stomach on the ground on my elbows usually just while watching tv and when the commercial comes I go up and try to hold it the whole time. you'll notice how hard it gets....especially if what your watching is comical
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    Oct 18, 2011 2:03 AM GMT
    You can vary your planks by using one of those big exercise balls. You can put your forearms on the ball and put your feet on the ground, or you can put your forearms on the ground and put your feet on the ball. It will improve your balance as well as your core.
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    Oct 18, 2011 4:33 AM GMT
    Cash saidWhile I have NO addiction to them - I found I made the biggest strides by doing them every day. Every guy I spoke to with TRULY amazing abs told me they worked them everyday in spite of what they had been told.

    I actually do side planks with a 50lb barbell balanced kinda over and just below my ribcage. Although time has not alowed me to do them every day for a few weeks now I do them at least every other day.


    I'm doing what this guy says.

    Probably cutting the late night chocolate binges would help as well.icon_cry.gif
  • dancedancekj

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    Oct 18, 2011 4:36 AM GMT
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    Oct 18, 2011 9:40 AM GMT
    There seems to be an endless variety of planks:

    The common plank resting on the fore arms. Stomach muscle in.
    Doing a plank on a stability ball. (This is killer for me.)
    Side planks.
    A plank with the feet elevated on a stair step.
    A plank using a TRX belt

    Planks are an essential element of a well rounded work out.
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    Oct 18, 2011 3:55 PM GMT
    I never feel much when I do them. Maybe I don't hold them
    long enuf. Some Ab exercises are about training the gut to pull into
    the abdomen rather than just building muscle so no worries about doing them everyday. Everyone has abs the big attitude adjustment is to focus your workout on your core. Guys that bitch about not having abs don't do this.
  • Rowing_Ant

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    Oct 18, 2011 4:17 PM GMT
    Do em every day, or at least differant style every day. feel it really tightens up my core and makes me a lot more solid and controlled when rowing and running.
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    Oct 18, 2011 4:25 PM GMT
    I was having trouble with planks when I first started doing them... I didn't really feel anything. But my trainer taught me a nifty little trick. As you're doing planks, run through each of your ab muscles in your mind counting them and flexing each one. You really can't flex an individual ab muscle (well, I can't!), but it tricks your mind into tightening your abdominal section and it makes the time go by.
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    Oct 18, 2011 10:10 PM GMT
    partouse saidI'm addicted to planks, not the burning feeling in my stomach after a few minutes cantilevering, but rather the abs that bulge afterwards and that are otherwise maddeningly elusive.

    I've heard contradictory information about the desirability of doing planks daily. I've read in some places that you can do stability exercises like planks daily and elsewhere that abs are like any other muscle and therefore should not be trained on consecutive days.

    I'm wondering what fellow Realjockers believe. Does anybody else share my addiction and succumb to the urge to shut their office door and suspend into a plank after coffee, at lunch, before leaving for the day, and then again when you get home, after you eat, before you go to bed....

    LOL. I said planks had become my drug.

    Well firstly your talking about two different types of exercise.

    Planks work your core muscles, ie erector spinae, rectus abdominus and transvers abdominus.

    Crunches work your rectus adbominus.

    Do planks every day? Yeah, you can do them every day. They work a serious of very large and very important muscles that should be really really really strong, most people have incredibly weak cores.

    Should do you crunches every day? Who gives a shit. If your doing lots of compound exercises on a consistent basis, your doing core work with planks (and other things) then your going to be working your core on a regular basis.

    Plus, I see a lot of guys who do crunches every day to have a six pack and from the front it might be pretty to look at but from the side most of them look like shit because they have pushed there body out of alignment.
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    Oct 19, 2011 6:00 AM GMT
    I had umbilical hernia surgery 2 to 3 weeks ago and have not tried planks again yet. I look forward to tightening up my midsection as soon as I am able, and planks will definitely be part of my plan.