Holding plank for a long time is pointless

According to Stuart McGill, emeritus professor of spine biometrics at the University of Waterloo in Canada, fitness fanatics will see greater gains from doing shorter holds more frequently.

He advises three bouts of 10 seconds as the ideal regime, and claims that classes which recommend minutes of planking are not useful… More at The Telegraph.

Well, he is a McGill so that adds weight to his argument, but it has made me think about this particularly activity because Fitbit Coach is making me do ever longer plank holds among many other weird and wonderful exercises.

Categories: Fitness

2 replies

  1. I have heard that too! I used to do two 30 second planks before and after workout but I just started using fitbit coach and it only lets me do it 10 seconds once. So i was pretty perplexed 😖

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. The University’s in Canada too, so double weight. Seriously though, it does make sense.

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