Originally Posted by Rambo
LA - I'm sorry, but anybody who can hold a proper plank for 12 minutes isn't doing it properly.
Bobo - They're very worth it. Have you tried different hand positions? How about elevating your feet up on a flat bench? A great benchmark is 20 pushups with a 25-lb plate between your shoulder blades and your feet on a flat bench.
Maybe you are right, but there were a half dozen personal trainers watching us and thinking that we must be beasts (full disclosure compels me to say that I am reasonably athletic, but not a beast by any standard.) There were plenty of much more muscular/fit looking dudes who couldn't hold the pose for more than a couple of minutes, though, do maybe people are just different. The last 3 minutes or so (out of the 10 I did) were pretty hard, and my arms were starting to shake, but I just kept on counting off the time, and I am pretty sure that I could have lasted a fair bit longer.
Yeah, Superbobo, try the pushup above. It is considerably tougher. I do those, but with a 35 lb plate, or a 45 lb plate for a set of 10. You are a lot bigger than I am, and even though I have pretty long arms for my height (I have an "ape factor" of 4 inches (wingspan is 5" longer than my height) you look like you may have really long arms), so this may be more difficult for you than for me. I also do 10 pullup, 20 pushup sets, which really get the heartrate up as a bonus.