Walk, er, Do the Plank!

July 28, 2009

Alright folks.  Time for some exercise!  Start by getting on all fours.  Now, lower yourself down onto your elbows.  Next, straighten out one leg, then straighten out the other so that you are supporting the weight of your body on your elbows and the balls of your feet.  Keep your head aligned with your upper body so that from your head to your feet, your body is as close to being straight as a plank as you can make it.  Hold for several seconds.  If you get tired very quickly, just lower your knees to the ground, rest a bit, then raise your knees again for a few more seconds.

This exercise is called a bent-elbow “plank” because your hold your body straight as a plank.  It’s an exercise that causes your abs (rectus abdominus and obliques), front of thighs (quadriceps), side and rear shoulders (deltoids), and a couple of other muscles to contract and act as stabilizers.  Do these along with the regular and reverse crunches described in previous blogs, and if you’re blessed with great genetics, you might wind up looking like those two truly impressive physical specimens — Mr. and Mrs. JJ Jalopy!

The Incomparable Mrs. Jalopy

The Incomparable Mrs. Jalopy

That Wild 'n Crazy Guy that Tans Really, Really Well -- JJ Jalopy

That Wild 'n Crazy Guy that Tans Really, Really Well -- JJ Jalopy

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6 Responses to “Walk, er, Do the Plank!”

  1. lol! Well we almost went walking today to the beach in conjunction with Labor Day weekend. however, instead, we did gym time. Right now I am just doing simple cardio and sweating. Using the Elliptical Trainer. I’m working on solidifying the healthy habit of regularly working out for fitness.

    THEN I will add elements!

    Take care,

    April Braswell

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  2. LOVE how you feature the photos from REAL LIFE married couple examples! lol

    Happy Dating and Relationships,

    April Braswell

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  3. JJ Jalopy says:

    Haha! The plank exercise is really hard!

    It’s almost like fun pain though!!

    Always a pleasure to be featured on your awesome website! 🙂

  4. John Ho says:

    Hi Darryl,

    I’ve just read Dr Mercola’s article on talking about Dr. Chestnut’s conclusion that exercise is just like an essential nutrient for our body to keep being healthy.

    John Ho
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  5. I love the plank exercises but hardly ever do them. I’m such a slacker!




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