It's true, I love planks. I don't know how it came to be. But I do remember screaming in jazz class in college when our instructor used to make us hold them for what seemed like AGES. She'd ask us questions about what we were going to be doing that weekend and such to keep us going longer. Who knew then I'd play that same trick on my class participants just a few years later ;-)
You don't have to feel the same way I do about planks. But two things I must point out-- 1, see above. I used to despise them. and 2, our thoughts are very powerful so be aware of what perspective we're putting forth (that's a whole other post I'll get to soon!) regarding our dear planks. The more we tell ourselves they (or insert any exercise or task here) are awful, the more our whole being believes it.
So even if you feel you can't quite bring yourself to change your self talk to 'I love planks', perhaps we can at least bring a more open and kind mindset, deal? <3
Why do I love planks? They hit a lot at once, and they don't agitate the neck or back like some other exercises might at times. In addition to your abs, you are building strength in your back and arms. It is such a great no-equipment-needed toner for that upper body. There are also so many variations, and that is the main reason I am writing here today. I did a series on Instagram @be.bykate, so I want to share it here, too. See below.
But first, my quick ''plank checklist'':
Would be thrilled to hear from you over on Instagram with how planks are going and any questions you may have!
Sending a hug,