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    Plank ???

    Does anyone find it harder to do the forearm/feet plank than the hand/feet plank?

    Forearm/feet is much harder for me. Am I doing something wrong?

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    Hard to tell without pictures of your form.
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    I am sure my form is good. I have used a mirror many times to check. I just find it much harder on my lower back and abs. Just wondering if anyone else has this issue.

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    Forearm planks are more difficult because your weight is distributed more evenly from feet to elbows. When performed using your hands the weight shifts more to hips and legs rather than your core. If you want to use your hands elevate your feet on a bench or chair (what I do).

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    It's harder for me too. I can do a straight-arm plank much longer than a forearm plank. Now walking planks... those kill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by betty74 View Post
    Does anyone find it harder to do the forearm/feet plank than the hand/feet plank?

    Forearm/feet is much harder for me. Am I doing something wrong?
    You're not doing anything wrong. Forearm planks require more core strength because the leverage is different. It's the same reason why a pushup is easier off of a ledge as opposed to doing it on the floor.

    Check out this blog post of mine on planks and side planks for more.
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    I read PBF wrong I thought the hand/feet plank was the last (hardest) in the progression. I can't tell you how many times I looked at that and read it wrong. Jeesh!!! This low carb must be messing with my brain. lol

    Thanks for the link Al, I will check it out.

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    al's article is great.

    we do a lot with plank and chaturanga dandhasana in yoga, which does use more leg. when we start working on forearms--dolphin pose, fore arm balances, etc--it goes much more to the abs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by betty74 View Post
    I read PBF wrong I thought the hand/feet plank was the last (hardest) in the progression. I can't tell you how many times I looked at that and read it wrong. Jeesh!!! This low carb must be messing with my brain. lol

    Thanks for the link Al, I will check it out.
    Glad you're on the right track now - keep training hard!

    Quote Originally Posted by zoebird View Post
    al's article is great.
    Thanks!
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    I guess I am the black sheep- my main problem with hand planks or pushups is wrist pain, I have a way easier time doing fist pushups (or bar pushups) and forearm planks. Weird.
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