Surprisingly, no one has written anything explicitly about whether it is or isn’t – or at least, that I can find.
I never even thought about this question until someone who reads my blog posted a comment that it’s important to give your body a rest. She said: “I wouldn’t recommend doing planks everyday. Your body needs to recover so space it out. Recovery builds muscle!!” So first, thank you for taking the time to comment. I wouldn’t have even thought about it and I should have! Obviously, I hadn’t even thought about this and you guys know that I’m just learning & re-learning a lot of this stuff over. So in a quest to see if it was okay, I took my research to the places I’m most confident in: Google and Twitter (because unfortunately I don’t have a 24/7 trainer who can answer my questions.)
I tweeted several times asking people if they knew whether planking a day was safe. There’s a group operating under @PlankADayNation and @PlankPolice who responded with this:
When I checked out the link, there was some good information on proper form and all that jazz, but nothing that says it’s okay to complete daily. It does outline the benefits of planking such as being an awesome core exercise (which helps with posture and can minimize lower back pain). It does suggest that quality is better than quantity, but still nothing stating whether it’s good/bad daily. And before you snap and say, “Doesn’t she get that NO pain NO gain rule?” Yes. I understand that when you work muscles, they will ache. If you want results, you must push. But I’m not worried about the pain in so much as derailing my training due to injury.
After TRX last night, I am sore. And just as NeNe Leakes is Very Rich, I am VERY SORE! So despite the fact that tonight was supposed to be speed training, I won’t be making it and I’m not even sure I could even complete my #plankaday.