8 Reasons Why Planks Are The Worst

I hate planks. I don't kind of sort of hate doing planks, I would like to push planks off of a tall building. Why? Here are 8 reasons why planks are the absolute worst --

1. Planks hurt my ego.

Nothing says failure like not being able to hold a plank for more than 30 seconds. I can run a marathon but I can't plank for 30 seconds...really? REALLY? It's like drop kicking my ego.

2. The burning and the shaking.

And can we talk about the burning and shaking that happens to your abs when you have to hold a plank? When I do planks, my entire body shakes viciously! What is that? Why does it feel like my hope is on fire?

3. The Space Time Continuum Shift.

Time moves slower when you're doing planks than it does when you're running a treadmill...So that says a lot. Why? Why does 10 seconds feel like a decade when you're doing a plank?

4. You look dumb.

πŸ’ƒπŸ™ŒπŸ’ͺ You all need to see this guy do push-ups.

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You just do. No one looks cool when they're doing a plank. And you look really dumb when you're doing them wrong. (Which I normally am.)

5. It's too easy to just lie down.

Fell asleep on the floor βœ… #RunSelfieRepeat

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Talk about temptation staring you in the face...you're literally one push up (or collapse) away from just laying down. That's actually probably why I'm so bad at planks...I just end up laying down...

6. They are difficult.

No explanation necessary. It's just true.

7. The face you make when you're struggling in pain.

Physical therapy. I think this is a pretty accurate depiction of our relationship. #finishlinept #RunSelfieRepeat

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I have a terrifying plank face. It's a cross between suffering and begging for mercy and it's just not cute. My eyes pool with tears, my face winces with pain and my mouth contorts into a very strange shape. It's not attractive...I'll say that.

8. Planking was an embarrassing social media movement.

Remember planking? It was the first really embarrassing thing we did collectively as a world on social media. It's like the middle school/high school of social media's past.

And that is why planks are the worst. If you have any "How to fall in love with planking" secrets, please throw them my way. For my final last minute New Year's Resolution (what you didn't know you can make a New Year's Resolution 75% through the year? Yeah, you totally can. Watch me.) I am going to figure out how to hold a 3 minute plank. (No I'm not.) [DAMNIT. SEE MY PROBLEM? YES I AM. I CAN DO THIS!] Planks are the worst. Until tomorrow, #RunSelfieRepeat.


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Kelly Roberts

My name is Kelly Roberts and I am a 25 year old New York City resident. My story made headlines when I took selfies with hot guys β€œhottie hunting” my way through the NYC Half Marathon. My blog, www.RunSelfieRepeat.com is bursting with humor and personal stories that lend an insight into the world of running and lead you to believe that just about anyone, regardless of their fitness level, can and should fall in love with running. Though currently an avid runner, I never would have predicted I would run marathons. I was the kid who used to hide in the bushes or play dead to get out of running the mile in school. I HATED running. But running has given me a purpose. It’s shown me that I really am limitless. In the two years since I started running, I’ve run multiple half marathons, 10ks, and 5ks, and two full marathons. My mission is to inspire others to find the courage to say yes to themselves all the while making them laugh hysterically because laughing is the solution to everything.