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Back by popular demand it’s our spring plank contest. It’s the great levelling exercise, where someone young can be out done by someone much older, where traditional fitness is less of an advantage.
The plank is a static, holding or isometric exercise where you hold yourself in a straight line propped only by your elbows and toes. It works not just the traditional muscles of the abdominal wall that you would exercise in crunches, but the whole of your core, from your back muscles to your “natural weight belt” the transverse abdoninus.
This spring we will be seeing who has the toughest core and also the toughest mind – the plank is very much a psychological challenge too. A minute is good, 2 even better. Last contest was won in a little over 11 minutes (men) and 7 minutes (ladies). The world record is over 4 hours!!
Running from the 1st May to the 31st May 2016, winning categories are:
Open ladies/Open men
Ladies and gents masters – over 70
A certificate of kudos and honour awaits winners of all categories, with trophies and a free PT session to the two best performers. Please note this may not necessarily be the open category winners, but those who we feel have pushed the boundaries furthest, allowing for age and context.
Rules – you must be timed by a DDW trainer, form must be correct, i.e. shoulders, hips and knees in a straight line. Please ensure you are fully warmed up before attempting.
Good luck! Winners will be announced here and on our Facebook page.