Tuesday, November 15, 2011


If you are a teenager you know exactly what that title refers to.
If you are more like me you most likely are thinking...
"Umm...what?  Planking?  You mean that pose I do in my yoga class, right?" 

Well, kind of.

Planking is a new fad.  Here's the definition from Wikipedia:

"Planking" (or the "Lying Down Game") is an activity 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 term planking refers to mimicking a wooden plank. Rigidity of the body must be maintained to constitute good planking. 
Since early 2011, many participants in planking have photographed the activity on unusual locations such as atop poles, roofs and vehicles. Planking can include lying flat on a flat surface, or holding the body flat while it's supported in only some regions, with other parts of the body suspended.

Rebekah has joined her high school friends in participating in this fad...well, after she got over her initial reaction of incredulous disbelief.  (Or, in teen speak: This is like, really weird!)  And although she and her friends do not upload their planking pictures to the World Wide Web at large, they do enter into the weekly high school contest.  (The person with the coolest/most unusual planking picture wins Chick-fil-A lunch meals for a week...so it's definitely worth shooting for, don't you think?)

Here is Rebekah's first attempt at planking in front of a local grocery store:

Yesterday we kept planking in mind as we wandered around IKEA.  And let me tell you, that place is a plankers dream!  However, planking on the top of various furniture displays, we were afraid, would be frowned upon by IKEA employees so we reluctantly left the store planking-less.

Undaunted, Rebekah and Julianne found places to plank around our yard today.

 (Sneak peak of our finished "man cave" floor....)

I tell you what...if this feels anything like what we do in yoga, all this planking is going to lead to some serious rock hard abs!


Anonymous said...

I am really glad you finally cleared this up for me! I have been so confused lately, haha. Apparently, I am old.

Rachel said...

Yeah, I'd heard of this fad, and can I say, I still don't get why it's a fad? But, whatever! Becuase R&J as so teeny tiny, I bet they'll win the contest at some point. I mean, who else could plan on a can of paint?!?