Weekly Exercise

Exercise Of The Week: Planks On An Exercise Ball

Continuing with our series of exercises using an exercise ball (also called a stability ball), this week we’re adding planks to the mix.

  • Start by kneeling on the floor, and lean forward to where your stomach and hips are leaning on the ball.
  • Walk your hands forward, so the ball ends up at your ankles.
  • You’ll be in a push-up position.
  • Lower yourself onto your elbows, with your palms facing the ground (see image below).
  • Ensure that your shoulders, back, and feet are in as much of a straight line as possible- avoid letting your hips drop.
  • Maintain this position for as long as possible- the goal being to complete a full minute initially, onto 2-3 minutes. It may be that you have to initially start with 10-20 seconds and slowly add time.

How’s this for motivation- this past week, a 71 year-old man in Minnesota broke the world record for his age for the longest plank at. . . .(wait for it). . . 38 MINUTES! I think many would argue that long of a plank is beyond impressive for any age.

Please speak to your provider before starting any new exercise regimen.

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