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Caption Competition - Podiatrists Extreme Planking

Discussion in 'Break Room' started by admin, May 20, 2011.

  1. admin

    admin Administrator Staff Member

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    Time for another competition:


    This is Simon Spooner, Phil Wells, Craig Tanner and Ian Griffiths outside the Roman Baths during the Foot Orthotic Technology Conference.

    What might they be saying?

    Planking (fad)

    Not to be confused with Plank (exercise).
    For other uses, see Planking and Plank.
    Planking in a field

    Planking (or the Lying Down Game) is an activity consisting of lying face down—sometimes in an unusual or incongruous location. Both hands must touch the sides of the body.[1] Some players compete to find the most unusual and original location in which to play.[1] The term planking refers to mimicking a wooden plank. Planking can include lying flat on a flat surface, or holding the body flat while it is supported in only some regions, with other parts of the body suspended. Many participants in planking have photographed the activity in unusual locations and have shared such pictures through social media.

    Eminem references planking in his single "Rap God" after the practice gained popularity and eventually notoriety from late 2010 to early 2011 in Australia.[2]

    1. ^ a b [Staff] (September 9, 2009). "The lying down game: how to play". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
    2. ^ David Drake (15 October 2013). "...Off of planking, tell me what the fuck are you thinking?". Complex AU. 
  2. Can I just say, look at Griff's form. That kind a planking doesn't come without dedication to the art and benching about 220 on a regular basis. I'd also add that Russell brands boots look awesome on me.
  3. BTW don't try this at home kids I think I've fractured my sternum from lying with 15 stone on a piece of wood about 30mm wide. It's not big or clever. And while it was paynirs idea note how he is behind the camera.
  4. RobinP

    RobinP Well-Known Member

    You 3 look like a right bunch of plankers!

    EDIT: Top quality planking there lads. Extreme ironing in Manchester anyone?
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  5. W J Liggins

    W J Liggins Well-Known Member

    Which of us is Nobby Hall?

  6. Funny what a man with camera can make us do.
  7. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator

    It was an iPhone ....
  8. Of course it was how stupid of me :drinks:D
  9. Catfoot

    Catfoot Well-Known Member

    "The sorcerer's apprentice soon found that eye of frog and tail of newt would not remove the levitation spell"
  10. MJJ

    MJJ Active Member

    Podiatry Arena's Skeleton team hasn't saved up enough money to buy sleds yet so they are using benches for practice.

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  11. Catfoot

    Catfoot Well-Known Member

    "Will the person not in subtalar neutral please own up ?"


    Practical demonstration of a rigid orthotic


    "I think the last tramp to sit on this bench was incontinent of something......"

    and last but not least for the mathematicians reading this .......

    "Do we all equal 6.626068 × 10-34 m2 kg / s ?"

    ( For those who can't do quantum physics the joke will be explained in a later post )

  12. Griff

    Griff Administrator

    I'm glad my nice tekkers didn't go un-noticed. Although the superior planking efforts atop the hotel bar were not captured on camera. #Fail.
  13. [​IMG]

    Just another meeting of Constipated Podiatrists Anonymous.
  14. Ian Drakard

    Ian Drakard Active Member

    Don't know whether to be pleased or dissapointed by the lack of photo evidence for this :drinks
  15. Ian Drakard

    Ian Drakard Active Member

    It seems there is photo evidence- just not of me doing it ;)
    For some reason can't remember taking a picture.

    Can't post from here but photo on way to you Ian- can you do the honours?
  16. For some reason I'd forgotten that I'd taken these....

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  17. Catfoot

    Catfoot Well-Known Member

  18. Boots n all

    Boots n all Well-Known Member

    Okay now we cant step on it, but l still cant see your contact lenses here!
  19. W J Liggins

    W J Liggins Well-Known Member

    I thought that Catfoot's Plancks constant was funny as well.

    I've been asked to point out that my remark concerning Nobby Hall is a drinkers song which starts:

    They called him Nobby Hall, Nobby Hall
    Oh they called him Nobby Hall, Nobby Hall,
    They called him Nobby Hall 'cause he'd only got one gonad
    Oh they called him Nobby Hall, Nobby Hall

    They tied him to a plank, to a plank
    Oh they tied him to a plank, to a plank
    They tied him to a plank, so he couldn't engage in lying down outside the Roman Baths
    Oh they tied him to a plank to a plank

    The song then degenerates into a multitude of other verses discussing the vicissitudes of poor Nobby's sexual life. Apologies to those who already knew this.

  20. Catfoot

    Catfoot Well-Known Member

    Thank you for enlightening us about this poor testicularly challenged individual. :boohoo:

    I, for one, did not know of his existence, probably because I do not move in the right ( ? ) circles .

    However, having had my curiosity piqued, I manged to find some lyrics :-



  21. RobinP

    RobinP Well-Known Member

    Those bar photos show some serious planking ability . Particularly the one perpendicular to the bar.

    As an aside, the swype app on my phone just predicted planking -

  22. Griff

    Griff Administrator

    Here's another angle of my perpendicular effort (courtesy of Drakard's mobile phone).

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  23. RobinP

    RobinP Well-Known Member

    That's a roy castle amount of dedication to your art!
  24. Tkemp

    Tkemp Active Member

    Reminded me of the 4 Yorkshire men sketch:
    "back in my day we had to make the bench before we could sit on it"
    " make the bench! we had to be the bench"
    "be the bench! we had people sitting on us checking our benchability before we could be acccepted as a bench"
    "we'd've been grateful to have people sit on us! we just lay around like pieces of wood until our dad came and whipped us"
    "young people today dont realise they're born!"
  25. phil

    phil Active Member

    Latest wonder treatment for most foot and lower leg pathologies. Guaranteed to reduce GRF under metatarsal heads. Side effects include vertical lines on face, and occasional unpleasant experiences such as being sat on and receiving small avarian excrement deposits.
  26. Chris Lawrie

    Chris Lawrie Member

    Hotel in historical Bath - £100
    Price of attending Bath Tech Conf - £50
    Picture of 4 Plankers doing impressions of rigid orthotics...Priceless

    This image will go in promotion materials for next years event...under heading "speakers wanted"
  27. Athol Thomson

    Athol Thomson Active Member

    I like the photo where I'm casually leaning on the bar, beer in hand, like a fine planking connoisseur watching Ian G shouting..."Now that's what I call a plank"!

    After seeing that photo it came back to me that Phill Wells had just told me McFly was his favorite band. Planking and McFly we are the new breed of hardcore Pods....

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  28. Cameron

    Cameron Well-Known Member


    I know these biomechanics gurus think they are gods, but bugger this for a lack!

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    Admin2 Administrator Staff Member

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  30. Ian Linane

    Ian Linane Well-Known Member

    Figs 1-8 in this ground breaking paper are images of highly motivated research Podiatrists exploring new kinesiology testing methods.
  31. Nilsen

    Nilsen Active Member

    And that proves quite categorically-the foot is NOT a cantilever. But there is some concern about the sample size.m...
  32. blinda

    blinda MVP

    This is my receptionist Jess` contribution to National Planking Day;

  33. Aldrin C

    Aldrin C Member

    "What we podiatrist do during spare time at conferences! Aside from drinking!"
  34. RobinP

    RobinP Well-Known Member

    My contribution to national planking day - none of the finesse or dedication to absolute ramrod strightness as demonstrated by Ian Griffiths I'm afraid.


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  35. Griff

    Griff Administrator

    You need to work on that core RP ;)

    Bonus points for clutching a foot skeleton however.
  36. RobinP

    RobinP Well-Known Member

    In fairness, my jumper is very baggy, I'm no sway back pony you know!

    I thought that was a nice touch. I tried to balance it on my head but the skeleton has Primus Metatarsus Supinatus so it didn't balance.

  37. There are 3 variables here.

    The Morphology of the load bearing surface

    The load deformation characteristics of the person

    And the Friction characteristics of the interface between the two.

    An equation must exist for what elements of each make up a good plank.

    If its still running, we'll try for some good planking shots on Saturday.
  38. How about

    M = (average distance from centre of mass / surface area of supporting surface)/number of weight bearing points
    so the smaller the area or the greater the distance from centre of mass, or the smaller the number of weight bearing points, the higher the value of M

    LB = the variance from a dead straight position from heels to back of skull

    F = The amount of interface friction

    So P is the value of the plank and P = (LB+Msquared) / F

    That work?
  39. Trouble with all these is that they're so... static.

    So we had a try at dynamic planking. The tea lady was furious.


    And others which frankly, show what big balls I have.


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