Full Planche (Oct 2019)

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    WEEK 34

    28 May

    Tuck Planche – 7,12,10,7,3 secs (39 total)
    Dying Roach – 3 x 50 secs
    Hollow Body Hold – 2 x 30 secs

    The following day I had a sore back and that’s the second time, so I’m not doing this combination of ab exercises again.

    31 May

    Warm up: Bring Sally Up Push Up Challenge (80 secs)
    Bent Arm Tuck Planche – 18,17,14,14,13 secs
    TRX Tucks – 15,15,12
    Bring Sally Up Push Up Challenge (90 secs)

    I wanted to increase shoulder strength so I did a push up hold challenge until I was feeling tired. That’s likely why I didn’t hit 20 secs in my bent arm tucks, I also did the TRX tucks which I want to incorporate more often as I can sense the carryover to both tuck to handstand and the full planche.

    Here are some TRX Tucks:


    WEEK 35

    3 Jun

    Planche Lean Touch – 25cm, 2 x 26cm, 2 x 27cm
    Inverted Rows – 15,11,10
    Hanging Toes to Bar – 4 x 8

    6 Jun

    PPPu – 5,7,5,6,5
    Raised L-Sit 60cm – 14,12,9 secs

    WEEK 36

    8 Jun

    Bring Sally Up – 60 secs
    Advanced Tuck Planche – 3,4,6,7,6,3 secs (29 total)
    Bring Sally Up – 90 secs

    10 Jun

    Planche Lean Touch – 25cm, 2 x 27cm, 2 x 28cm
    A1 Inverted Rows – 17,11,9
    A2 Hanging Toes to Bar – 8,7,6

    13 Jun

    Bring Sally Up – 70 secs
    PPPu – 8,6,7,5,6
    TRX Tucks – 4 x 15

    I had a bit of a breakthrough with advanced tuck, rather than try to lower it I just started from the position and raised off the floor. I now plan to get more of a lean going and slowly work my legs back into a straddle. I’ve also shifted from having my index finger straight ahead to my thumb, so more external rotation of the arms. The planche lean touch is really benefiting me and I have confidence in being able to get close to straddle planche in the next 8 weeks.


    WEEK 37

    15 Jun

    Bring Sally Up – 80 secs
    Advanced Tuck Planche – 4,7,8,6,4,5,5 secs (39 total)
    Bring Sally Up – 90 secs

    Only 1 second longer in my best effort but overall I managed more volume.

    17 Jun

    Planche Lean Touch – 27cm, 2 x 28cm, 1 x 29cm, 1 x 30cm
    A1 Inverted Rows – 20,15,11
    A2 Hanging Toes to Bar – 8,8,8

    I strained the inside of my left elbow/bicep getting that 30cm lean, need to calm down. I was in a bit of a hurry to improve now that I feel like I’m on track, and as a precaution I’ve skipped the PPPu I would have done on the 20th. It’s a very minor injury but knowing how much pressure builds up doing PPPu I’m happy to give my body a little rest from this 3x/week program.

    I plan to try a straddle planche because I don’t think I’m a million miles away from it, for now here’s my slightly longer advanced tuck planche. I look to hold so my knees are in line with hands, because that feels the most natural.


    WEEK 38

    24 Jun

    Straddle Planche Lean – 3 attempts
    Advanced Tuck Planche – 10,8,13,7,7 secs (45 total)

    I had a whole week off due to tightness in my bicep, possibly overexerting myself. I’m not able to hold a straddle for even 1 second but at least I know that.

    27 Jun

    Bring Sally Up – 80 secs
    PPPu – 8,6,8,6,5
    TRX Tucks – 3 x 16

    WEEK 39

    1 Jul

    Advanced Tuck – 8,14,7,11,2 (42 total)
    Rear Leg Lift (Bird Dog style) – 3 x 30 secs

    Nice to get an extra second, I’m feeling good in this position and already looking to progressing. I wanted to make sure I have the strength to hold my leg out in a straddle so I did a single leg version from all fours and that was fine.

    4 Jul

    L-Sit to Straddle – 2,4,3
    Tuck Planche Push up – 4,5,3,3
    Pull ups – 10,8,6
    A1 Sphinx Push ups – 31,20,24
    A2 TRX Tucks – 15,12,10

    A few new exercises after watching more on YouTube. I had been doing L-Sit to tuck and back, the suggestion was to hold a split second in a straddle then recover and I was able to do a few reps. The idea behind that is your body gets familiar with being in that position. Then a tuck planche push up, sold as an alternative to PPPu. You have to keep the torso parallel and I found the first few reps easy then immediately struggled, I was trying not to rush and making sure I locked out at the elbows each time.

    I wanted to add in more general strength because the volume hasn’t been that high, so pull ups came in. Sphinx push ups are for forearm conditioning and tucks were in my program already.

    I still want to get to 20 seconds on the advanced tuck but I’m already incorporating straddle exercises.


    WEEK 40-41

    8 Jul

    DB Front Faises – 15 x 5kg, 12 x 6kg
    DB Front Raise w 3 sec ISO – 8 x 6kg
    Pull ups – 4 x 6
    Banded Front Raise – 20
    EZ Bar Front Raise – 12 x 6kg, 15 x 6kg, 2 x 12 x 8.5kg
    Wrist Roller – 2 mins w 5kg

    I wanted to find a front deltoid exercise that could mimic the planche and after a few failed experiments I settled on the EZ bar. The zigzag bar allows me to turn my hands enough to have inner elbows facing up and a correct distance apart. I plan to load up on that because I want to add some volume back in.

    15 Jul

    Planche Lean Hold – 28cm x 6,9,12,6 secs
    A1 EZ Bar Front Raise – 4 x 12 x 11kg
    A2 Pull ups – 7,7,6,6

    I had laser tattoo removal on the 11th and there’s a few days where my torso is swollen and bandaged, so no exercise. Instead of a brief touch I wanted to accumulate some seconds at a specific lean, which I chose to be 28cm (lean measuring device on my Instagram). Great to bring pull ups back, I watched a YT video where he said full planche required back and not just relentless ab training.

    18 Jul

    Advanced Tuck – 10,11,8,7,7,5,3 secs (51 total)
    Sphinx Push ups – 2 x 20

    I was a little disappointed to not hold longer here. I’m behaving in the kitchen and holding ~2400kcal/day which should bring my weight down. I’ve been a slightly doughy 72.5kg and knowing how much difference dropping to 70kg would make to other body-weight exercises like pull ups I believe it will help me a lot in planche.

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