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Rebuilding My Core: One Plank At a Time

             




I'm mostly putting this out there in order to hold myself accountable,
so feel free to skim on by.

I really want to strengthen my core muscles.
Hooping is great for that but I haven't felt up to hooping for the past six weeks,
so need something I can do on a daily basis that doesn't require lots of time.

Enter the mighty PLANK. . .

Front plank:  today I held this pose for 60 seconds.



Side plank:  today I held this pose (right and left sides) for 45 seconds each.


Oh, yeah.  I also did tricep dips.  Today I did 15 dips.


I've gotta start somewhere, right?  Right!

If anyone wants to join me in this, maybe we can cheer each other on to greater core strength.
(I absolutely promise not to challenge you to a plank-off, which Zebu discovered is quite popular in PT circles).
                                    

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artistq
Apr. 14th, 2010 01:01 pm (UTC)
what are the chances I am thinking about the plank pose this morning and YOU ARE DOING IT? and writing about it?? so weird.
I need to get stronger and I was thinking of yoga and this actual pose.
in sane.
tracyworld
Apr. 14th, 2010 01:39 pm (UTC)
Synchronicity! Does this mean you're going to join me in the daily plank endeavors? I don't think you can ignore this gigantic sign from the universe, Laura. You and I are kindred planksters.
artistq
Apr. 14th, 2010 02:08 pm (UTC)
ok, I am in. It is too crazy a coincidence.

I mean really, who thinks about PLANK exercises??
tracyworld
Apr. 14th, 2010 02:16 pm (UTC)
We do! Welcome to the Merry Planksters!
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tracyworld
Apr. 14th, 2010 01:40 pm (UTC)
HA! I like that little play on words. :)

How is your leg healing? I hope you're taking it easy and feeling better.
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tracyworld
Apr. 14th, 2010 01:52 pm (UTC)
No direct order here, but a plea from a friend: give your body a chance to heal.

I'm in a glass house on this issue so am not pointing fingers. But sometimes other people can help us remember to give ourselves a break.
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tracyworld
Apr. 14th, 2010 02:15 pm (UTC)
I totally get that. It's so depressing to feel unproductive. But maybe you can think of it as using the time to invest in your health; that's being very productive.
aprilhenry
Apr. 14th, 2010 01:05 pm (UTC)
The plank is my nemesis. I am in good shape, but after 15 seconds I am shaking.
tracyworld
Apr. 14th, 2010 01:41 pm (UTC)
Notice I said I held the pose. I didn't say I wasn't shaking while I held the pose. I shook, baby.
divawriter
Apr. 14th, 2010 02:07 pm (UTC)
You go girl! I'm with you in spirit!
tracyworld
Apr. 14th, 2010 02:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Tara! Plank on!
robinellen
Apr. 14th, 2010 02:16 pm (UTC)
My core is actually pretty strong (not that it can't use any work, of course) -- but today I took my first trail walk/jog of the season...and man, my quads are killing me!
tracyworld
Apr. 14th, 2010 03:09 pm (UTC)
Ouch! Mine don't usually hurt until the day after. Maybe today's pain means you'll feel perfectly fine tomorrow!
idaho_laurie
Apr. 14th, 2010 05:48 pm (UTC)
My core is moosh. Are there weenie baby exercises? Maybe I'll do some sit ups tonight.
tracyworld
Apr. 15th, 2010 11:44 am (UTC)
There are always weenie baby exercises. Do the plank for ten seconds and work from there! Or, sit-ups! Just not at the same time...
karenbschwartz
Apr. 14th, 2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
That's a great start. I'm impressed!
tracyworld
Apr. 15th, 2010 11:45 am (UTC)
Thank you, Karen. This morning I thought I'd add some time to each but realized it was a good place/time to stay for a while. :)
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