Planking is my new favorite thing…

Have you guys heard of/ seen planking? It’s f’ing hilarious. Apparently it’s been big in Australia for quite some time. I just saw a photo album of kids doing it on Facebook a couple of weeks ago and since then it’s like I’ve seen something about it every day. All you do is lie down (preferably in a random place) in a plank position with your arms by your side and your face down, body straight as a board. Then you take a photo of it and post it online for the whole world to see.

Doesn’t sound funny, but it totally is… Soooo last week, at a dinner at my roomie’s grandparents’ house, we decided to take some planking photos ourselves. Viola!
Me first on the balcony ledge:
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Then my roomie, Tamara on the handrail:
(which is about an inch wide. she’s hardcore.)
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Then me, her, Robbie, and Thomas on the stairs:
(my fave)
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Then lastly, me on Tamara’s grandmother’s birdbath:
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Oh yeah.
Don’t be an idiot about planking though.
#1. Don’t do it on a cop car. You’ll get arrested. Duh. (Happened)
#2. Don’t do it on anything extremely small/sharp. You’ll get impaled. (Happened)
#3. Don’t do it on anything unsturdy. You’ll break it/yourself. (Happened)
#4. For heaven’s sake, don’t do it on the balcony ledge on a 13th story apartment. You’ll fall and die. (Happened. I saw the news link. Thanks, Mick)
*None of these happened to us, just read that they happened on the internet… so they must be true.
And because this is a fitness blog (sometimes), you can get some muscular strength from planking! Regular planks, where you hold yourself up off the floor by your arms work the anterior (front) side of your body; abs, obliques, etc.. This kind of planking though works the posterior (back) side of your body; spinal erectors, glutes, hamstrings, etc. So plank and hold it for about 30-60 seconds while you’re taking photos. : )
You can check out the 60 Best Planks here. #s 36 and 56 are my faves.
Have you planked?! Got any funny photos of it? Please send to me if you do! fitwithflash@gmail.com
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Comments

  1. bahahaha i haven’t personally planked…but my other half does it all the time and will randomly send me texts of him doing so…i think it is hilarous!

  2. YOU ARE CRACKING ME UP!!!!! This is hysterical! I think y’all are all hardcore – can you come train me 😉

  3. i’ve heard of this, it’s so funny 🙂

  4. I love how you’ve turned your planking photos into an exercise lesson. You my friend, are hard core 🙂
    And that’s for the tip about not planking on something sharp, getting impaled would totally suck

  5. Haha, this is the best post I’ve seen in a while. Really made me laugh! x

  6. haha. the plank on the birdbath is hilarious.
    and hurry!! you need to see hp 7.2 as soon as possible! you should plank on the theater seats.

  7. haha – love it! I got some of the mums at our playcentre planking on the play equipment etc. Too much fun.

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