Teach me how to Plank

Recently, I learned of this new insane activity, which doesn’t require anything but a crazy mind. Readers, let me present my newly-found addiction, PLANKING. Thanks to Mean from whom I’ve first seen plank photos.

Planking is also known as the lying down game wherein one is expected to lay down with face touching the ground and with both hands, at a pointed direction, touching the sides of the body. And oh boy, I’ve seen so much crazy plank photos over the net.

Surprisingly, this activity has rules. Planking can’t be considered planking if you miss out even just one.

  1. You must always lay face down, ensuring your face remains expressionless for the duration of the Plank.
  2. Your legs must remain straight, and together with toes pointed.
  3. Your arms must be placed by your side, held straight and fingers pointed.
  4. You must make it known that you are Planking. Saying ‘I am Planking’ usually get this across. Sternly announcing it will ensure a good result.
  5. Your safety should always be considered. Properly thought through Planking procedures should always go to plan. Never put your self at undue risk.
  6. Every Plank that is captured must be named.

The origin of Planking is unclear as many has claimed to have started this craze. I don’t care, really.

And here are some of its name according to country:

  • 시체놀이 – playing dead, South Korea
  • à plat ventre – on one’s belly, France
  • extreme lying down – Australasia
  • facedowns – USA and Ireland
  • Planking – Australia, New Zealand, and worldwide

My planking shots.

Chair Plank
Munchkin Plank
OneWay Plank
UnionPlank (taken in front of a UnionBank branch)
Surf Plank

Click HERE for more of my Planking photos. Plank safe, everyone!


  1. Renz Bulseco July 10, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    I find planking an art. 🙂 BTW, love your ‘one way’ plank photo, pati yung sa munchkin plank 🙂

    1. MissBackpacker July 10, 2011 at 10:01 AM

      Renz, unfortunately, some people find it as “mukhang tanga.” I had to delete one of my FB friends for calling it as such. Hahaha.

      And thank you, let’s plank! 🙂

      1. Renz Bulseco July 14, 2011 at 6:20 AM

        Mukhang tanga? LOL they don’t really know what ‘art’ is. Really.

        1. MissBackpacker July 14, 2011 at 11:59 PM

          To each his own. Hayaan na lang natin sila. Burahin na lang sa mundo para walang away. Hihihihi

  2. Robbie July 10, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    I love it sooooooo much!
    I didn’t know there were rules also. Thought planking seems very self-explanatory naman. Hahaha.

    1. MissBackpacker July 10, 2011 at 10:04 AM

      Oh di ba, hindi lang basta-basta ang planking. 😀

      Sa lahat ng makasalubong mo, say: PLANK YOU ALL! hehehe

  3. thepinaysolobackpacker July 10, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    hahaha ang interesting naman ng ost na itey! =) thanks for sharing! =) kakaloka ang s loob ng plane! LOL at love ko yung one way planking mu. =) keep planking! hahaha

    1. MissBackpacker July 10, 2011 at 10:57 AM

      Ipo-post ko nga dapat sa page ng bagets yung photo sa plane kaya lang baka ma-ban ako kasi puro plank photos nipo-post ko. hehe

      Thanks sa oneway plank, andami may gusto! 🙂

  4. lakwatsera de primera July 11, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    hahaha umabot na rin pala sa atin yun planking, una ko to nakita sa news dito sa Oz a few months ago. Laugh trip talaga 🙂

    1. MissBackpacker July 13, 2011 at 11:31 PM

      Plank na rin ikaw, from Down Under! 😀

  5. Nick July 15, 2011 at 2:18 AM

    Hi! First time visitor from New Zealand po. Found your article entertaining. And the photos too! Planking also has a following here. Yung hindi nga lang maganda, some people plank on the railroad tracks!

    I don’t think I can plank suspended, as I have gained weight these last few years. haha

  6. MissBackpacker July 15, 2011 at 4:25 AM

    Hi Nick from Down Under! ☺

    I thank you for the compliments. Planking is real fun! You’d just laugh after being stupid. Yun nga lang, yung iba they think it’s cool kapag mas risky yung shots.

    Share your plank photos na rin. Cheers! ☺

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  8. Phuket101 August 4, 2011 at 2:42 AM

    I got a picture of a planking baby elephant on a beach of Phuket Phuket Blog

    1. MissBackpacker August 4, 2011 at 10:58 AM

      Hi! I visited Phuket101 and it’s very helpful! I might be visiting it more often as I am planning to go to Phuket early next year. Cheers! ☺

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  10. summer August 20, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    nice one!!!

    1. MissBackpacker August 20, 2011 at 8:13 PM

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