Add another 10 years of experience, and I have learned that I need to maintain what I have.
I have a “Core” set of positions that I follow four days per week. Of these positions, “Plank” is by far the easiest and the hardest for me to hold.
When I started the “Plank” position, 30 seconds seemed like a lot. Over time, I worked up to 1 minute. Then, I moved to 2 minutes. Next, I moved on to 3 minutes.
Now, I am 4 minutes and 15 seconds.
What is it like?
The first 30 seconds are easy. The first minute, I start feel it in my arms and shoulders. Two minutes into the workout and my back starts to shake. I focus on holding a straight line between my shoulders and my ankles. This is really hard because I can feel the desire in my back to sag toward the floor. My heart rate picks up. At 3 minutes, the sweat starts to bead up on my forehead. At 3:30, my back is dying for me to quite.
4 minutes, the finish line is in sight. I know I can do it.
4:15 hits, and I just lay on the floor for about another minute while the rest of my body quits shaking.
With barely any recovery time, I move to side plank – both left and right. Then reverse plank. Four different positions and one goal get stronger.
In the coming months, I want to push the time until I can maintain the “Plank” position for 10 minutes. Right now, I am not even half way. But I will get there. I just have to keep working at it.
Keeping climbing the mountain.
Sharing one thought at time,
The Cool Down Runner