Post # 1
So… plank pose.
I’ve been doing Level 2 for like 12 days now, and Plank is still kicking my butt. I can’t get through ANY of the 30 second intervals in plank. I just can’t breathe when I do it! I don’t know if I’m doing something wrong, or if my abs are just so tensed up from trying not to fall down or what … has anyone else had this problem?
Also, it’s killing my wrists! I had a brush with carpal tunnel syndrome when I was younger and waitressing (carrying trays), and it seems like putting so much weight on my wrists now is making them sore all.the.time.
Until a few days ago, I was doing everything Anita-style (modified to be easier), but it’s actually easier to breathe and I can do more if I do it with Natalie (probably because of momentum) – but that leaves my wrists more sore.
Am I doing something wrong? Or should I just move on to Level 3? I’m a little afraid of Level 3, haha, since 2 was so much harder than 1!
Post # 3
I’m not sure what the planks look like but in order to protect my wrists, I have my forearms on the ground like this: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dolphin_Plank_Pose.jpg
Make sure to keep your back completely straight, that might help with the breathing.
PS – For the carpal tunnel, are you wearing braces at night? Since I have started doing that, my wrists don’t hurt all the time. Only after I have been at the computer too long or something.
Post # 4
Yes, you can put your forearms on the ground and that’s a good workout too. Good muscle soreness is different from bad muscle soreness–if you have the latter kind, it’s better to stop.
Post # 5
@JennyW1: My muscles aren’t sore, my joints are!
I’ll try the way @MrsSaltWaterTaffy: suggested, with forearms on the ground. I should have asked you guys for a modification a long time ago! 🙂
Post # 6
I haven’t seen how she describes it in the video but when doing a plank you need to keep your elbows slightly bent to take the weight out of your wrists. Try to shift the weight from your wrists to your upper arms so you aren’t putting as much pressure on them. Planks are very hard to do but get easier with time. Strong triceps and core will help you to hold it longer. Also, make sure your fingertips are completely spread out like starfish to evenly distribute the weight. Good luck!
Post # 7
Don’t be scared to move to level 3. There’s planks in there too, but overall I find it easier than level 2.
Post # 8
Agreed, I think Level 2 is the hardest of the 3!!!
Post # 9
Another way to help your wrists is if you have either push up bars, or if you have a regular style dumbbell you can set those on the ground and grip them while doing the plank and that will keep your wrists straight and keep the pressure off.
Post # 10
Really? Oooh I’m definitely moving to Level 3 today! Level 2 is killing me!
Post # 11
I change between level 1 and 3. The cardio in level 1 can still kick my tush. I find the exercises in level 3 to be challenging without being as stressful on joints. I have really crappy knees and the level 2 twist/jump thing is not good for me.
Post # 12
My sister wears the braces on her wrists when they are bothering her, but when she does have to do the plank position in a class at the gym, she always does it with her forearms on the ground as MissAsB suggested. That is actually how I do it to when I do Level 2 as well because I find the plank on your hands/wrists is quite uncomfortable and you get just as much of a core workout on your forearms as your hands. You should be able to breathe doing it this way as well!
Post # 13
I went to Level 3 today (haha…way to skip all your suggestions, right?) and it went by so fast!! It’s good though, I think it’ll be a good change. I can definitely see keeping up 2 & 3 with 1 for down days after I get through the initial ‘shred’ 🙂
Thanks for all the encouragement and help! I honestly never expected myself to do this and get into some form of shape, and I don’t think my self esteem has ever been better (even though I’m not skinnier)!