(Closed) Question for Shred-ers, Level 2

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

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
1872 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

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 # 6
617 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

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
37 posts

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
3620 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Agreed, I think Level 2 is the hardest of the 3!!!

Post # 9
19 posts
  • Wedding: July 2011

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 # 11
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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
1418 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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!

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