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    There was a plank-off challenge thread recently http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread67349.html

    Anyone interested in something similar for wall sits? Do people even do wall sits? Do you like them? Do you think they're worthless?

    I went for 4 minutes today (and then 3 and 3). Wasn't tapped out. I want to work back up to 10 minutes at a time.

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    I think my record was about 3 minutes and 30 seconds and I couldn't walk properly for about 3 days

    this all depends on how strict your wall sit is, just like the plank

    10 minutes with a proper wall sit at 90 degrees is seriously good going in my book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coach Palfrey View Post
    I think they're worthless.
    As in no good per se, or worthless compared to other exercises (which I imagine is at least the case)? I honestly don't know too much about them apart from my own experience of what gets sore, so I'd be very interested if you could elaborate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coach Palfrey View Post
    I think they're worthless.
    So you are all proud of your 25 min plank (isometrics), and you don't see any usefulness in a wall sit (isometrics). You seem confused.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjmc View Post
    As in no good per se, or worthless compared to other exercises (which I imagine is at least the case)? I honestly don't know too much about them apart from my own experience of what gets sore, so I'd be very interested if you could elaborate.
    Sorry, I was just paraphrasing. I don't do them or coach them as I don't find them to be particularly effective for anything other than getting better at the wall sit - it's not a good measure of strength or function and doesn't transfer very well into other movements.

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    Quote Originally Posted by itchy166 View Post
    So you are all proud of your 25 min plank (isometrics), and you don't see any usefulness in a wall sit (isometrics). You seem confused.
    Thanks for being weird and referencing an old post I made. I was never proud of my 25 minute plank, it was just something I did for shits and giggles. Quite how doing something once correlates with an endorsement of it I don't know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coach Palfrey View Post
    Sorry, I was just paraphrasing. I don't do them or coach them as I don't find them to be particularly effective for anything other than getting better at the wall sit - it's not a good measure of strength or function and doesn't transfer very well into other movements.
    This is kind of true for any isometric though, right, like a planche or an iron cross? Of course those are such hard positions in the first place that it does mark incredible strength.

    It could be functional if you ever have to brace against a wall or something to give someone a boost? : )

    Maybe the last thing people need is something that isolates the quads... I only plan on doing them once a week or so, just as a test of muscular endurance, and for funsies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjmc View Post
    This is kind of true for any isometric though, right, like a planche or an iron cross? Of course those are such hard positions in the first place that it does mark incredible strength.

    It could be functional if you ever have to brace against a wall or something to give someone a boost? : )

    Maybe the last thing people need is something that isolates the quads... I only plan on doing them once a week or so, just as a test of muscular endurance, and for funsies.
    That's cool - it's good to have challenges. I'm definitely not opposed to isometric strength I just think there are more effective ways to build it. And, in my experience, isometric strength is best gained through increased loading rather than increased time.

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