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    How long should you do the plank for?

    Is it just a case of the longer the better? Im currently up to 2mins.
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    Originally Posted by Andycas13 View Post
    Is it just a case of the longer the better? Im currently up to 2mins.
    i reakon, as long as u keep ur body rigid and ur abs tucked in the longer the better. builds stamina!
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    Originally Posted by hayden079 View Post
    i reakon, as long as u keep ur body rigid and ur abs tucked in the longer the better. builds stamina!
    ditto.

    Try and make it harder by doing it on a stability ball, holding a weighted plank or even lifting one leg and holding for 30s then switch! Holding it for 2mins is great but I think it calls for a challenge.
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    Originally Posted by Andycas13 View Post
    Is it just a case of the longer the better?

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    Originally Posted by pretty.batgirl View Post
    ditto.

    Try and make it harder by doing it on a stability ball, holding a weighted plank or even lifting one leg and holding for 30s then switch! Holding it for 2mins is great but I think it calls for a challenge.
    Do a plank for 2 minutes and then say it's not a challenge.
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    Originally Posted by Beachman View Post
    Do a plank for 2 minutes and then say it's not a challenge.
    I think the point was that if you can do plank for 2 minutes, why not add something more challenging. Makes it more interesting than just holding plank for 2 mins and gives something to progress toward rather than just "I can hold plank for 30 mins, Woo hoo!"
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    Originally Posted by medjen View Post
    I think the point was that if you can do plank for 2 minutes, why not add something more challenging. Makes it more interesting than just holding plank for 2 mins and gives something to progress toward rather than just "I can hold plank for 30 mins, Woo hoo!"
    I agree with this.

    After I could hold the position for over a minute, I started doing it with a plate on my lower back.
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    Originally Posted by pretty.batgirl View Post
    ditto.

    Try and make it harder by doing it on a stability ball, holding a weighted plank or even lifting one leg and holding for 30s then switch! Holding it for 2mins is great but I think it calls for a challenge.
    Might give that a go, thanks.
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    Originally Posted by Beachman View Post
    Do a plank for 2 minutes and then say it's not a challenge.
    I didn't say that it's not a challenge, I can hold a plank for two mins and found it challenging at first but once it got easier to hold I challenged myself further by adding some sort of resistance to make it tougher.

    Thanks Medjen for clarifying.
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    yep, I'll echo the add weight to it. If you workout by yourself, start elevating your feet, or use stablity balls, bosu balls, medicine balls. Anything to make it harder to balance.
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    Originally Posted by pretty.batgirl View Post
    I didn't say that it's not a challenge, I can hold a plank for two mins and found it challenging at first but once it got easier to hold I challenged myself further by adding some sort of resistance to make it tougher.

    Thanks Medjen for clarifying.
    Yeah, I agree with you, sorry if I sounded like an ass.
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    Originally Posted by Andycas13 View Post
    Is it just a case of the longer the better? Im currently up to 2mins.
    I usually do it until failure. If you're looking for variations, I guess you can try using the BOSU or the core stability disk.
    I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying.
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    Originally Posted by pretty.batgirl View Post
    ditto.

    Try and make it harder by doing it on a stability ball, holding a weighted plank or even lifting one leg and holding for 30s then switch! Holding it for 2mins is great but I think it calls for a challenge.
    do that
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    Originally Posted by Andycas13 View Post
    Is it just a case of the longer the better? Im currently up to 2mins.
    Start doing a more difficult variation of plank. I usually put my feet on a stability ball and hold in the plank position on my elbows for 15 seconds, then raise onto my hands for 15 seconds, elbows 15 more, and finish on hands 15.
    It's a minute long plank but the stability ball increases difficult in holding yourself up, and rising up and down takes a lot of core strength and stability.
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    Originally Posted by Andycas13 View Post
    Is it just a case of the longer the better? Im currently up to 2mins.
    If you can do them for more then a minute then i'd recommend adding weight to your back, Start out with a 25lb plate and go from there!
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