Workout Wednesday – The Genius Edition*

by DavalosMcCormack on October 14, 2009

So, I was racking my brains trying to come up with a great new exercise to enthrall and engage you. Then it came to me, windsurfing! It’s fun, it’s great exercise and you get to look cool in a body-fitting rubber suit. – like Batman but without the cape and mask. Then I remembered I had only tried windsurfing once and even then it was in a very small pond on the outskirts of London on a very windy day and I kept getting stuck in the corner of the pond and couldn’t get out.

So then I thought, indoor rock climbing. Brilliant. But I haven’t done that. I’ve seen it. It looks like fun. But let’s face it, it isn’t exactly a household activity and if it is it’s only in rather high income households. It costs a lot of money to pretend to be climbing mountains indoors.

So then I decided oh screw it, let’s just stick with what we know works and hurts and doesn’t cost anything. So. The Plank. Pirates make you walk it. Personal Trainers make you do it. It’s simple, and really tough. Quite a delightful combination.

You get into the standard push up position with your body flat on the ground. Then you push up and create a kind of bridge with your forearms and toes supporting your weight. Once there, you simply hold it.  Don’t move. Keep that position for as long as you can.

Why? Because it’s great for your core and abdominal muscles, as well as your back and arms and shoulders. At first, as you hold yourself up on your arms you’ll think “how is this good for my core” but after about 20 seconds you’ll feel it and go “oh, ow, ouch” and understand what I’m talking about.

* Not really true. It just sounded good.

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