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Can a 50-year-old out-plank a 20 something super model?


I’m a planker. Or so says my family. I can out-plank my sporty and gym-attending offspring and my martial arts-doing husband. In Pilates class I’m the first one up and the last one down.

I don’t actually know why I can plank for so long. I think I just create a good position – with my hands directly under my shoulders – so I don’t get tired. Hey, everyone needs a skill!

So it was with this in mind, and the knowledge that I was going to start up the So_FineAfter40 YouTube channel after a lengthy break, that we shot this video.

Reebok had recently launched a video featuring 20-something Gigi Hadid being interviewed while planking and I thought. Oh I can do that!

French hub and I went down to our local gym and shot it. My eldest son supplied the dulcet VO.  It’s quite remarkable how I have so little shame now that I’m 50. Hmmm.

Planking like a super model


According to we should try to hold a plank for 90 seconds, three times per week to help reduce lower back pain.

Planking strengthens our core and the muscles around our chest and spine. It effectively tightens our whole midsection and ultimately supports our lower back.

It can also tighten your belly, improve your posture and increase your balance.

If you haven’t tried planking before. These are great tips from Prevention:

To ensure you’re holding the plank position correctly, stack your wrists under your elbows, position your elbows under your shoulders, and push the floor away from you with your feet. Your legs should be outstretched behind you, and your feet should be shoulder-distance apart. Also, be sure to pull your bellybutton in towards your spine to turn “on” your abs. Stay here for 30 seconds, come down to your knees to take a short break, and then repeat the exercise two more times. As you get stronger, try holding the position for 90 seconds without a break.