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6/21/13 11:17 P

Thanks for the help!

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6/21/13 1:26 P

Add a few seconds each time.

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6/21/13 12:05 P

To increase how long I could hold plank, I did as a previous poster suggested and just added some time each session (which was twice a week for me). I started at 60 seconds, and added 15 seconds each time, and worked my way up to 3 minutes! If 15 seconds is too big a jump at one time, just add 5 or 10 seconds, and you'll do great.

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6/21/13 8:25 A

I loathe modified plank because I also think it is much harder. However, I had not heard it was relevant to upper body strength; and here I thought I had no upper body strength whatsoever! :D

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6/21/13 4:12 A

I've read before that modified is harder than full. I think it depends on where your strengths are; if you have weak arms modified will be easier, but if you have a weak core and strong arms then full is easier, as your core is less horizontal.

As for increasing time, the best method I've tried is to hold it for longer, but in several sets. So to increase from 60 seconds to 90 seconds, try three sets of 30 seconds, then two of 45, then try the full 90. Alternatively, you could add just five or ten seconds a week.

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6/21/13 2:38 A

For some reason, the intermediate pose of a plank -a modified plank - is much harder for me to hold rather than a regular straight arm plank. Does this mean I am doing it wrong?

Also, if I'm trying to increase my time in a plank, what's the best way to do it? I can hold one for about 60 seconds, but 90 is really difficult.

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