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Some Planking Poses Show Off Extreme Athletic Prowess
Imagine a gymnast stretching his or her legs straight out behind them and holding that pose for several seconds on an apparatus. It takes flexibility, skill, practice and determination to achieve perfect balance in gymnastics.
Now take the seemingly mundane maneuver, put it in the hands of crazed Australians who started a fad, and you have the quasi-sport of planking. There have been planking competitions that supported the fad, such as the HK Army Clothing-sponsored event in June 2011.
Since then, planking has calmed down somewhat, but there are plenty of photographs of people doing some amazing Superman-like yoga poses in unusual locations.
Here are some of my favorites.
This guy loves the beach a lot. I'm still not sure how he even got up on top of this pole (he probably used a ladder or was boosted up by his buddies). His accomplishment is still impressive. High above the sand, this person is able to hold his head and legs up while balancing precariously on a four-by-four at a local beach.
This person could have been an Olympic gymnast. He is using his hands to balance on an outdoor staircase and is somehow limber enough to hold the pose for a picture to be taken. I'm amazed sometimes at how apt the photographers have to be in order to catch the pose at just the right time. I also wonder how much prep time it takes before getting the plank just right and how long the poses are actually held.
Superman would be proud of this dude. There are supposedly no wires and no alterations to this picture. The timing of the shot would have to be perfect as the guy would have to put his hands out to catch himself on the ground in an instant. My instincts would have had my arms out in front of me to catch the fall to the ground, but somehow he was brave (or crazy) enough for this plank.
Workouts never had it so good as this muscle man shows as he planks in a Spiderman-like maneuver against the ceiling. This guy really would make planking an Olympic sport!
Motorcycles and planking probably should go together. Yet this photo shows someone stretched out on a motorcycle along a highway. This would take balance in addition to really knowing your equipment. At least he has a helmet on in case something went wrong.
This video here on YouTube has some other prime examples of planking. I wish more videos would be taken of people trying to perform planks. Yet on the other hand, it is fun to try to figure out how the planks were done in the first place. Some of the best forms of planking involve mystery in addition to a wow factor.
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