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Summer of Core Day 13: Plank

Welcome to Week 3!

We’re going to do some fun flows this week. I’m looking forward to showing them to you.

But for now, it’s time to up that Plank time! Hopefully you recorded your time from last Monday. Today you will add 5 seconds to that time.


Remember to stay tight through your core, especially in your lower abs, pulling them up and in. If you are on your knees, make sure you feel like you’re working and you have a nice, flat back and a diagonal line from your shoulders to your knees.

Those of you I saw this week in class, we worked a lot on fine tuning plank alignment and working to really feel engagement in the core to stay strong and stable. Keep up the good work!

Remember Your Options

You can always be in kneeling plank. In fact, it’s a good place to start. If you’re feeling really strong, lift your knees into full plank. When and if you start to feel your form disintegrate, come back to your knees.

You can also be on your forearms. If your wrists get fatigued or painful with the weight of the body in straight-arm plank, drop onto your forearms, but keep your strong, straight alignment in the rest of your body.

Happy First Week of School!

For those of you in the classroom as teachers or with kids heading off to school this week, I hope the transition goes smoothly. I know my boys (identical twins) are looking forward to starting 5th grade today. They finally got excited about it Sunday evening, and they have decided they will not dress the same to be kind to their new teacher and not confuse her so much on the first day. One will wear their Steph Curry jersey on Monday, the other will wear it on Tuesday. Problem solved. They’re getting so sophisticated!

Questions? Comments?

Please, please let me know if you have any questions about alignment or how something should feel or look as we go through this month together. Obviously the easiest way for me to show you proper technique and form is in person, so come to class! But if that’s not possible, send me a quick email or comment on the blog. I’d love to hear from you.

~ Shoshana



About Shoshana Hebshi

I write about what interests me, which could be anything from a scrap of mossy wood to a revolution. Mom to twins, Californian living in the American Midwest, wife of fledgling physician and the daughter of an Arab and a Jew.

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