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This poll comes from a curiosity when I got my first retail bike fit. He had me do a one minute plank to demonstrate core strength. Me being the fit, and active adult I was thought sure, no problem. About 30 seconds in I was trembling bad, and by a minute I had given up. At that point I assumed no one could do it , but to my shock, he said many can easily complete it.
So fast forward a year (to December 2018), I wanted to improve my marathon by incorporating some core strength work and someone on this forum suggested the plank challenge. Start at 1min and ever day do a plank and add 5 seconds till you get to 5 minutes. I for the most part did just that and made it up to 3:30 when I moved into maintenance mode and just did it one or twice a week. I’m still at that strength today, but noticed my lower back problems haven’t come back in a long time which I can presume have a lot to do with improving the core strength.
So my question is, how many people actually do planks and core strength and what’s a common level of “fitness” I.e. ability to hold a plank over time?
Side note, I like what it’s done to me so much, that I’m now adding in side planks like coach chad demonstrates in strength work videos.