Weightlifting & Exercise/Calories Burned and Planks


Hi, Jerry,
First question: If I run up a flight of stairs 6 times back to back versus running up that same flight of stairs once every hour for six hours, will the # of calories I've spent running up stairs be the same?

Secondly, I enjoy doing planks but why do I seem to feel a bit of pain in my lower back each time I do one?

         Thanks so much!

Hi Larry,

Overall I would say that you probably burn about the same amount of calories whether you do the reps all with 1 hour gaps or all at once. I have seen quite a few studies that never do really give a clear reason or explanation on this subject. Assuming everything is exactly the same every hour for 6 hours then the calories burned will be very close.

Normally if the "Plank" is done correctly there is little to no pain in the back, however if ther is an underlying injury or if the plank is not done with good form then ther can be pain. Here is a video showing how to do the plank http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dz0oFaVGuh4 If you are sure that your technique is "perfect" then I would have this pain checked out by a physician, preferably one that specializes in Sports Meidcine.

Hope this helps

Have a great day


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I can answer questions related to any of the following areas alternative medicine, fitness, physical education, weight training, senior health, bicycling, personal trainers, personal training, medical technology, health and wellness, eating disorders, weight loss, Naturopathy, first aid, and bodybuilding. In fact I was listed as an expert in each of these categories at askme.com until they closed down


I have worked in health and or fitness related capacities for over 30 years. My main profession is that of a Medical Technologist, but I also have training as a Corpsman with the US Navy, a Field Medic with the Army National Guard,and am certified as A Personal Trainer, Medical Exer-therapist and Aerobics Instructor through the National Academy for Health and Fitness. My wife and I have operated BMG Services Fitness and Nutrition in Moultrie Georgia since 1995. I also have an Associates Degree in Computer Robotics. I am an avid bicycle rider, mostly road riding with the occasional mountain trail or off road "experience". My wife and I usually do a charity ride at least once per year to help those less fortunate. Degrees & Certifications: Certifications include Clinical Laboratory Scientist CLS/NCA. Clinical Laboratory Technologist CLT/HHS Personal Trainer, Aerobics Instructor, and Medical Exer-therapist NAHF. Advance Weight Training through NAHF. Accepted as AFTA Associate Awards include the Ohio State Award of Merit and Ohio Special Services Ribbon, Army Commendation Medal and 2 Army Achievement Medals CPR re-Certifcation 2007 Web page: http://www.bmgfitness.com http;//www.healthandfitnessebookclub.com

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