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

It all started when a silly joke made headlines back in 2014 when I took selfies with hot guys β€œhottie hunting” my way through the New York City Half Marathon. But ironically enough, I haven't always been a runner. As the self-proclaimed former President of the "I f*cking hate running club", I spent most of my life finding ways to avoid physical activity. Growing up, I missed over 70 days of PE my senior year. Working out was something I thought I had to suffer through in order to lose weight. 

Then, in 2009, my younger brother passed away unexpectedly and struggling to manage my grief, I gained more than 75 pounds. With the weight gain came a new fight to regain my sense of self and learn to love the body I saw when I looked in the mirror. Then one Thanksgiving morning, drowning in grief and self doubt, I decided to go for a run. I didn't make it half way down my street before I had to stop to walk but for some reason, struggling forward made more sense than getting back into bed. It turns out that running is a lot like grief, neither ever really get easier, you just get stronger. 

Over time, I realized that while some people are in fact born runners, others are made. I created this blog Run, Selfie, Repeat and my new podcast by the same name with the hopes to inspire others to say yes to themselves while making them laugh hysterically because laughing, in my opinion, is the solution to everything. 

Named by Women's Running as one of twenty women who are changing the sport of running and by Competitor Magazine as one of 12 Influential and inspiring runners under 30, my mission is to inspire others to get embrace a healthy lifestyle and pursue the strongest version of themselves possible.