Why Planks and How to Hold Them Longer


In the beginning I used to think holding a plank sucked beyond belief. How can anyone hold a plank for more than 10 seconds? It’s impossible! ARGH! My belly!

Depending on the kind of plank I’m holding (on knees, on hands, on elbows), I can hold it for a long time with little effort or I can start shaking after about 25 seconds.

It doesn’t seem to matter how long I can hold it without dipping, I always start shaking early on.

But why do a plank at all? If you hate it so much, why not do other core moves? They’re just as useful, right?

Yeah, other moves are useful but planks can blind people with their awesomeness. They work the muscles hiding deep within our core which a crunch can’t boast. Planks also recruit more muscle groups all at once so you’re getting, for example, a shoulder workout along with your entire abdominal section.


Here are a bunch of different kinds of planks you can do. Try them, see how you like them. Mix them up and have fun with them.

Don’t forget that you can always modify them by going down on your knees. Shoulders or wrists hurt? Move to your elbows. There are lots of ways to modify so no one really has an excuse not to do them. Unless they just despise them.


What’s your favorite way to do a plank?

*DISCLAIMER: I’m not responsible for any injuries sustained while trying exercises/routines on my blog. Always consult your doctor before trying any new exercise. Always listen to your body and stop when you feel pain. Injuries are much harder to get through than continuing fitness/health goals.*


About Katie St. John-Shin

I believe in living life and not letting it pass you by. I mean, come on, if you really want to do something but don't have the courage to do it so you let the opportunity disappear, you may regret it for the rest of your life. How can you know what you're capable of unless you go for it? Like every writer, I naturally plan on becoming world-famous (not really). I love reading, writing, fitness, coffee, watching my favorite movies/shows, listening to music, and trying new things even if they're sometimes terrifying. I'm a writer, a group fitness instructor, a personal trainer, and a nutter for doing all of the above.

Posted on March 30, 2014, in Fitness and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Great post. I’m going to try a few moves later. Bx

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