It’s all over social media as the newest and latest fad. I haven’t tried it yet because at this age, keeping up with fads can be tiresome work. If you aren’t even up to my coolness level, and don’t have any idea about what I’m taking about, here is the description…
The lying down game (also known as planking, or face downs) is an activity, popular in various parts of the world, consisting of lying face down in an unusual or incongruous location. The hands must touch the sides of the body, and having a photograph of the participant taken and posted on the Internet is an integral part of the game. Players compete to find the most unusual and original location in which to play. The location should also be as public as possible, and as many people as possible should be involved.
I also scoured the internet for you so you can have a visual of it as well.
-Wes at the Olympic Training Center.
-Sanya planking in Switzerland
-Dwight Howard planking at home
-Gilbert Arenas planking in the weight room.
What bums me out is that the other day I found myself in an extremely unusual planking position by accident, and nobody was around to snap a picture of it. Actually… I take that back. People were around, but they pretended they didn’t see me, and because of their decision to ignore me, I will not get my opportunity to be an internet sensation.
I’m in Germany for the month, using the training facilities at Leverkusen. The other day I was in the weight room to get a lift in. I happen to have a very weak grip strength, even though I’m an incredibly strong and powerful woman. 🙂 So, because I had left my lifting straps at home, I decided to be creative and use these strap-like things gymnasts use to swing around on the high bar with. I have no idea if I was using them the way they are intended, but somehow I jimmied them to where I could hold the bar securely with a little extra help. The problem was, once I was in, I was in. With my straps at home I knew that if I opened my grip on the bar they would unravel and the bar would just fall. With these ones I was connected to that bar until I sat it down and unwrapped myself.
I’m sure you can see where this is going. I was doing power cleans at 80 kg (approx 175 pounds), and after my first rep I go to do my second and didn’t get under it to catch it. My instinct was to just let the bar go and I released my grip but the bar didn’t leave me. So, the bar is going down and it’s bringing me with it. It falls… I fall on top of it, wrists still strapped to the thing so that I’m unable to catch myself in any way. Somehow I end up in a perfect planking position, BUT with nobody to snatch a picture because after I let out a scream and look up to see who is running over to see if I’m ok, I notice that the couple people in the weight room are conveniently staring off into space.
Luckily, I only have a small bruise on my hip bone where I fell on the bar at and maybe a little bit of a bruised ego. It would have been nice to play it off and get in on the planking game while I was at it, but the only picture I can offer you know is helping you create a visual with my story.