can we talk about this for a moment?

the first time i heard the term “planking” was probably about a month ago.
I was driving in to work and listening to the news.
apparently someone was “planking” on their balcony ledge and fell over and died.

slow down and rewind.

i could not believe what i was hearing.
there was no way someone of sound mind would willingly do an exercise position on the ledge of their balcony.
this person was obviously a sandwich short of a picnic.
i could not wrap my head around it.

oh man i am so not with the times.

I got into the office and googled “planking” because i knew i had to be missing something.
indeed i was.

this is what planking looks like:

Wikipedia defines planking as:

Planking or the lying down game is an activity consisting of lying face down in an unusual or incongruous location. The hands must touch the sides of the body and having a photograph of the participant taken and posted on the internet is an integral part of the game.[1] Players compete to find the most unusual and original location in which to play.[1] The term planking refers to mimicking a wooden plank.

Many participants of planking since 2011 have photographed the activity on unusual locations such as atop poles, roofs and vehicles, while some “plankers” engage in the activity by planking only their upper body and feet while leaving the back suspended.

true story.
I must be old because…well for starters i never knew this existed…and 2, how the heck is this considered fun???

The plank…in my life…is a move i was taught at the gym. this is what my plank looks like:

As my friend Wikipedia states:

The plank (also called a front hold, hover, or abdominal bridge) is an isometric core strength exercise that involves maintaining a difficult position for extended periods of time. The most common plank is the front plank which is held in a push-up position with the body’s weight borne on forearms, elbows, and toes.

Many variations exist such as the side plank and the reverse plank. The plank is commonly practiced in Pilates and yoga, and by those training for boxing and related sports.
The plank strengthens the abdominals, back, and shoulders

Imagine my confusion in all of this.

So the other day i am racing out of my building to get to the gym…and my little neighbour friend G shouts out “hey bee!!!  i was just planking it’s so cool, watch”
i turned around and asked him…”honestly, what is that!!”

so he shows me his “planking” – or is it his “plank”  or he “planked” for me
my lord i am so confused.

he looked like a stiff bored.  mission accomplished…way to go.
he was so proud of himself…and me being one to not hurt anyone’s feelings (intentionally) especially a kids….i told him he looked awesome!!!

he then asked me to do one with him.

i’ll do anything to make a kid happy…just about anything…except planking…or plank
god help me.

i’ll save my planks for the gym thank you very much.

no offense to the planking crowd out there.

planks but no planks.

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5 thoughts on “planking

  1. MoMoMia

    you wouldn’t believe that planking originated during slavery because they would lay the slaves face down on the ships to transport them and half of them would die during the journey due to “planking”. it’s so very ignorant that people are doing this now. it really grinds my fricking gears actually!

  2. eccentricaesthetics

    Hahaha oh my gosh. I needed to the laugh from this blog so early in the morning. I really want to go out and plank now! Not the loser gym-plank but you know, the one you were RAVING about! Thanks for the idea!


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