Planking: Why do people plank and how to do it? Pictures and videos of top rated planks

 @AmruthaGayathri
on July 15 2011 3:09 AM

You got a body, you got a Plank, is the universal slogan for planking, an activity that involves a person lying face down, body stiff and often on dangerous or unusual places. Termed by many as an Internet craze, planking is promoted mostly through planking photos uploaded on Facebook and dedicated sites.

Planking, also known as lying down game or face downs, often see players compete to find the most unusual and original location in which to plank.

 

Monster
Monster Plank rated 98.04 by Peopleplanking.com

 

A favorite hobby for many, planking has led to serious issues including deaths, injuries and police arrest. On 13 May 2011, a 20-year-old man from Gladstone in central Queensland was charged for allegedly planking on a police vehicle. Popular planking locations include park benches and other public places. On 15 May 2011, Acton Beale, a 20-year-old man, plunged to his death after reportedly planking on a seventh-floor balcony in Brisbane, Australia. He became the first known casualty of the planking fad.

 

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Plank safety sign from Peopleplanking.com

 

Paul Carran, a New Zealander living in Sydney who claims to have invented planking in 2008, was accused by Beale's friends of holding responsibility for the planking death.

Immediately after Beale's death, Australia's Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, warned plankers that the focus has to be on keeping yourself safe first. The Queensland Opposition and the state's police have requested people to stop participating in the fad.

On 29 May 2011, Max Key, son of New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, uploaded a photograph on Facebook of himself planking on a lounge suite as his father stood behind him.

 

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Picture of 16-year-old Max Key lying face down across the back of a sofa appeared on the “Planking New Zealand” page on Facebook, which has almost 13,000 members.

 

According to KnowYourMeme.com, planking began in 2006, after two British students posted pictures of themselves participating in the lying down game.

But many say that planking might have been inspired by an infamous scene from the 1993 movie The Program, in which the quarterback lies down on the yellow line in the middle of a highway as cars fly past. The scene was later cut from the movie.

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Top Rated Plank Photographs

Slam
Slam Plank rated 97.87 by Peopleplanking.com

 

Bus
Bus Plank rated 94.39 by Peopleplanking.com

 

School
School Plank rated 93.33 by Peopleplanking.com

 

Poo
Poo Plank rated 93.33 by Peopleplanking.com

Work
Work Plank rated 93.16 by Peopleplanking.com

 

Light
Light Post Planking rated 92.96 by Peopleplanking.com

 

Floor
Floor Plank rated 92.86 by Peopleplanking.com

 

Plank
Plank on water rated 92.86 by Peopleplanking.com

 

Housetop
Housetop planking rated 92.77 by Peopleplanking.com

 

Wall
Wall Plank rated 92.76 by Peopleplanking.com

 

Peopleplanking.com, a site dedicated for sharing pictures, videos, and ideas on planking explains the planking rules.

1. Most important rule is make sure you plank safe

2. You must always lay face down, ensuring your face remains expressionless for the duration of the Plank.

3. Your legs must remain straight, and together with toes pointed.

4. Your arms must be placed by your side, held straight and fingers pointed.

5. 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.

6. Once again your safety should always be considered. Properly thought through Planking procedures should always go to plan. Never put yourself at undue risk.

7. First Aid should never be far away. Ice, Bandaids, Cast Plaster, needle and thread, emotional support and a quick escape route need to be on hand.

 

 

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