Learning to Love
Fit in a Year - Week
Some people--who will remain nameless but
perhaps you can guess--have complained recently about my
article suggesting you learn to do the exercise called
Plank. They said, WTF? Does she really expect
us to do that?
Let's put that more clearly: learn to do the
exercise. Not start out knowing it. You wouldn't
need me if you were born with this knowledge and
If you're having trouble, try this: do it against a
wall. Stand an arm's length away, align your posture,
button your navel to your spine, and lean into the wall.
Try to keep your arms extended. While you're there, do
some push-aways. Keep your form.
When this becomes too easy, try it on your knees, on the
floor. Same postural alignment, same engaged abdominals,
but put your hands beneath your shoulders and lift up, arms
extended, until you have a straight diagonal line (side view)
between your shoulders and your knees. Stay there.
It's all about the ab in this position. No
slumping. Do some mini-push-ups. One-half of an
inch is fine. Try. Try until you succeed.
Maybe not today. Maybe not for a month. That's
ok. Eventually, you WILL succeed. That's what
When you're ready for the next level, get up on your
toes. And refer back to my original post,
"If you only do one exercise, this is
If you try to do this frequently enough,
you will learn it. It's nothing more than muscle
memory. And that comes with repetition.
If you stick with it, there's a bonus: you'll learn
something about yourself.
Stay centered. Be strong. Be back next week with