Help! I’m stuck in a plank rut! When I first started to do this core strengthening exercise in the summer, I could plank on my toes for roughly 20 seconds. From day one, I found this exercise to be very difficult. Not just challenging, but difficult. Gradually through a lot of sweat and near to tears, I increased my time to 45 seconds to 1 minute on a good day. Currently in my rock hard abs class we are now up to planking for 3 minutes. Well, I shouldn’t say “we,” it’s more like “they” are planking for 3 minutes. I feel as though I’m the only person in this class who cannot hold a plank for long. After 45 seconds my fists ball up till my nails are piercing my palms, my teeth clench and I start this pitiful grunting sound as my back begins to weaken and I collapse on the mat. Last week, the skinny Minnie beside me gave me a “poor you” smile when I collapsed on my mat after 50 seconds. Skinny Minnie on the other hand, held her plank with perfect form for the entire 3 minutes. Yes, I took note of this.
I’ve even tried going to a happy place to avoid fatigue when planking. I close my eyes as I assume plank position, take a deep breath and start to think of ocean waves or white fluffy clouds in a blue sky, but to no avail. Collapse happens over and over again before the one minute mark. I don’t understand. Could it be that my upper body is still just too weak to hold a plank for a long period? My core seems to be pretty strong. I can sit on a mat with my feet off the floor and hold position for 2 minutes. I can do oblique twists with a medicine ball for a cool minute no problem. The plank? Not so much. I am determined and will continue to plank until I meet that 3 minute mark. Abdominal and back, don’t fail me now.
Does anyone else have an exercise that is ultra challenging or very difficult?