Read on to see how I fared during

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Publish Date : 2021-03-07 22:12:10
Read on to see how I fared during

I tried planking for 5 minutes every day for a month and it made my back feel great

I tried to plank for five minutes each day for a month and it was far from what I expected.

When I first began the challenge, it seemed like a slam-dunk since I didn’t need any equipment, I could plank at home, and I’ve always thought of myself as relatively in shape.

I very quickly learned that five minutes is an excruciating amount of time to hold plank position and that I have very little stamina and, apparently, a gigantic lack of willpower.

Read on to see how I fared during my 30 days of trying to plank for five minutes.

I started out by consulting with a personal trainer to make sure my form was just right

For this challenge, I’d be doing standard forearm planks, which use one’s own body weight to strengthen their core, back, and legs.

But even though planks sound simple, they can be tricky — so I decided to consult with Chris Baron, the personal training director at my local LA Fitness, to learn about the correct form for this move.

Immediately he told me that my form was incorrect because my shoulders were “popping up.” This was easily fixed by pulling my shoulders forward and pushing my back up.

“Your elbows should be in line with your shoulders, your arms should be bent, and your hands should be in front of your face around eye level,” Baron explained.

He also said my hips should be close to my shoulder height and that my entire back should be straight, not curved.

With his help, I corrected my form and kicked off the challenge.

On day one, I learned that planking for a minute is hard enough

On the first day of the challenge, I rolled out my yoga mat in the living room, set my timer for five minutes, and stretched out into plank position.

I was prepared to surprise myself with an amazing ability to hold a plank — maybe I’d even learn to like planking and find it meditative!

Feeling hopeful, I got into plank position and held the pose for what felt like an eternity, but when I checked the timer and saw that barely 80 seconds had passed, my optimism took a major hit.

I popped back into plank position for another 30 seconds, collapsed, tried again, held the plank for 20 more seconds, collapsed, and decided to call it for the day.

The next few days were not much better. I dropped my knees to the ground about four times per session and was still only planking for around three minutes, total.

After a few days of not getting any closer to the five-minute mark, I decided to pull from my yoga knowledge and try a “modified” version of a plank that I’d learned about in a previous class. It includes dropping your knees to the ground before holding a plank.

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