Last year, I joined a plank support group online. I know it sounds almost silly, but it really wasn't. It was started by a fabulous woman who had recently had a baby and was looking to get back in shape. Apparently, planking was one of her favorite exercises, and she desired some support around returning back to her regular planking practice.
I gladly joined to develop a plank practice on my own. I found out how very challenging planking really is. Both physically and mentally. This practice works to strengthen the core, shoulders, arms, the lower back, and even the legs. It is physically challenging for obvious reasons.
Mentally however, I found it challenging to keep steady for a long time and my mind would begin to race and get all anxious. So I began experimenting with different ways to keep my mind occupied and slow it down. I found that switching position helped a lot. I had to concentrate more and be more present with my body. This really strengthened my practice.
After finally developing a thorough planking practice, my team and I put together this short, but very challenging, 5 minute video that any beginner can start with. If it is too difficult for you at first, I suggest taking longer breaks between each plank and working your way up to being able to do the whole workout.
I would LOVE yo hear what you think of it!