A better use of time, to build a stronger core, is to plank in tne normal position for 30secs, then go immediately to 15 situps, rest for 1 minute, plank for 1 minute, go immediately to 20 situps, then rest for 1 minute, then plank for 1.5mins, go right to 25 situps. I understand your frustration because I want someone to just tell me what to do to make it go away and I’ll do it, but it’s just not that simple. I loved this article until i Pressed newbie in the Survey. , Amy, thanks for your encouragement, and it is so true about the mentality of this wonderful and miserable exercise. I am at 4 minutes with 3 months into it and I have a spinal fusion! I’m not a doctor and can’t evaluate you through a computer anyway.

To get the best boost from this exercise, you have to time it just right. I do 16 minutes, but when I passed 7 – 8 minutes my elbows got sore from carpet fibers and started peeling, so I use a sweat belt to put under my elbows. Keeps it interesting! It won't take long to feel the burn of the plank and the boost in your body. I’m 60 years old, just did my first plank ever and quit at 1 minute 20 seconds, but I could have gone longer. John is also clear about the value of going beyond two minutes: There is none. These are transferable to many areas in life.”. Check out my free program on how to work up to a 5 minute plank and beyond: 30 Days to a 5 Minute Plank and Rock-Hard Abs: A Complete Abs Workout Program to Help You Get Ripped and Dramatically Improve Your Core Strength Using a Unique Twist on the Plank Exercise (for all skill levels). Nice blog,feed back and information by the way. and Absolutely love it. So, I wanted to tell you that before I revealed my own plank standards. Thank you and hope to hear from you!

Keep up the good work. I have such a bad back that it was really starting to hurt, but because of trying to stay somewhat fit over the years, the minute twenty didn’t seem hard at all as far as my arms and stomach goes. Jus’ sayin’. And that two-minute plank Dan John advocates? Anyway, I am 55 and trying to reach my goal of 10 minutes this year, currently best time is 7 minutes 30 seconds after 4 months practice. Even for the short amount of time you stay in the plank exercise, your body is engaged through your arms, chest and core. I am 68 and can hold an elbow plank for over 6 minutes. As you build your core strength, slowly extend this time.

That’s tough. Just got to 4 mins, my goal of five minutes is in sight. Or, will you abandon any semblance of sanity and work towards the elite levels – the mastery, superhuman, or even the Earth-shaking Plank Immortal level? Lifting weights is dangerous. That’s what he recommends in his new book, Can You Go? We are capable of so much more than we can imagine, Evan. Then came his four-and-a-half-hour plank on May 22. LIVESTRONG is a registered trademark of the LIVESTRONG Foundation. Note: This post is sponsored by SpecForce Abs. Genasis Shares His Workout Plan, 25 Ab Routines to Strengthen Your Six-Pack, A 71-Year-Old Powerlifter Just Set 4 World Records, How to Watch the World's Strongest Man 2020, Bike Shortages Will Likely Last Until Next Year, Lou Schuler, CSCS, is a National Magazine Award-winning journalist and editorial director of the. Our toes are really made for planks afterall. I’m a 54 year old male with Ostio and Arthritis. I did 3 sets of 50 second planks that’s 1 hour and 50 seconds altogether.my goal is to do 3 sets of 60 second planks when I turn 40 years young next year in September 2018 I want to challenge any average 20 year old little boy in a plank contest when I turn 40 years young I will do 3 sets of planks until summer time so I can make 40 year old curvy healthy fit and attractive women turn heads and let 40 year old beach going women see my rockhard man’s man stomach I don’t care about six-pack abs or 8-pack abs all I care is a rockhard midsection and a rockhard core stability my diet is 80% I don’t eat sugary desserts,carbs,dairy,cheese,eggs,mayo,tuna,meat,seafood,peanut butter,jellies,jams,doughnuts,fried foods,french fries,sweet potato fries,I eat only fresh fruits,vegetables,nuts beans,I don’t drink sugary soda,sugary drinks,energy drinks,alcohol I don’t smoke,I don’t smoke weed,I don’t do drugs,I don’t eat fast food crap like average 20 year old losers.those things will not get you a rockhard midsection and super rockhard core stability like Captain America,Thor,X-MEN,the late great Jack Lalanne etc.like the late great Jack Lalanne say if man made it don’t eat it if it taste good spit it out he also saids god helps those that helps themselves. For example, Dr. Stuart McGill (PhD), who is a world-renowned spine biomechanics specialist and is considered a leading authority on core development, says that two minutes is a good goal to shoot for in the standard abdominal plank on your elbows (1).

That said, I do recommend testing your maximum plank duration using the traditional front elbow plank since this is the standard plank variation used in most testing situations. I am newly hired to create the Corporate Wellness program on Facebook’s Campus for the AlliedBarton Security Staff and will definitely have to remember to add some humor into our workouts and assessments to keep them motivated. I started planking 3 days ago.

And the longest plank time held by a male was about 7.5 minutes. For such a simple exercise, planks target key points of your body. Working on beating that and building up to over 20 pushups! However, I love the plank! I held my poses for about 30 seconds but they were good ones!

if the average is 1 min 30 for college women IN decent shape, volunteers.. how about a woman of 47, I haven’t worked out forever, and did this same time.. I always come in second. This is great for strength development of the low back and the entire posterior chain.

The LIVESTRONG Foundation and LIVESTRONG.COM do not endorse So, the question is, will you settle for a beginner or intermediate level performance, or go for the coveted advanced and expert status? But that leaves open a serious question: How long should a plank be?

:) Keep spreading your word! Doesn’t play a factor in expected times. In this case, I really like exercises like Plank to Downward Dog, Inchworms, High Plank & Low Plank done for shorter durations and repetitions. His study focused on the benefits for athletes (half the subjects were experienced Muay Thai fighters), but there’s another group that may gain even more: “I’ve seen plank-related injury in people who’re already back-pain sufferers,” McGill says. I’m up to 4 minutes.

I don’t do any other exercises. Great article. I went on line and found modified planking and other great tips. Let me know if you have any further questions – happy to help! That's why shorter, maximal contractions (10-60 sec) are a better choice for training than the longer planks (180 sec or more). “They just did inappropriate durations.”. I had back surgery over two years ago, recently increased my plank time to 10:30 (a one time deal, believe me), but I still have back pain (stiffness, really).

:). You probably don’t know that this is the second plank record for Hoel, a 52-year-old Dane.

Not a ton, but I would try to get in 40 inclined (feet on a chair) every day, and I always made sure each one was controlled, chest to the floor, no jerky bobs. Anyway, whenever the topic of planking has come up in the past, I’ve always thought to myself “really? (Test yourself in new ways with these 5 Plank Variations That Work More Than Just Your Abs.). The reason why I didn’t include separate categories for the 6, 7, 8, and 9 levels is because I ran out of ideas for cool names – haha!

I’ll take his word for it. Keep up the good work! Holding the plank exercise for that long indicates that you have a reasonably strong core – and most others tend to agree with that assertion, myself included. This exercise can test your resolve, but staying in the position makes sure you get the benefits it is designed for. Thanks for your response , Also, a recent study on 168 college students found that your average college-aged female has a plank time of about 1 minute, 30 seconds, while an average college-aged male has a plank time of about 1 minute, 46 seconds (2). The ultimate goal is to hold a plank up to 60 seconds. Weidong planked for four hours, 26 minutes. How Long Should I Hold The Plank Exercise For? I have been holding my plank for two minutes at a maximum, but will be looking to increase it by small intervals per day as I do the exercise. Other than that, i loved it. Privacy Policy diagnosis or treatment. Either you are doing it wrong or it's time to pick a more challenging exercise (such as Dragon Flag Raises).

I’ve considered myself to basically be an overweight old guy who really oughta get in the pool or at least take a walk around the block a couple of times a week.

But just between you and me, most people don’t really need to. In fact, I’ve known some ladies who in their late 50’s and early 60’s have held a plank for 45 minutes – yes, FORTY-FIVE. plank. He has been published in a text on social psychology and regularly presents research at regional psychology conferences. If I could get to 7 minutes by then, I may enter it.