Plank & Drank 2020

How does this challenge work?

  • Participants will register for the challenge by filling out the pre-survey. Important reminders and materials will be emailed directly to you throughout the challenge.
    • Please note: all materials will be accessible throughout the challenge on this page!
  • Download or print the plank calendar you plan to follow throughout the month of July. You are welcome to use both; there are no restrictions!
  • Instead of using Walker Tracker, we’ll use a paper self-tracker to track daily water intake and plank times. You’ll use a weekly Qualtrics form to self-report those metrics by the following Monday at noon! Be sure to submit all four trackers for a chance to win the golden water bottle trophy!
    • Download or print the paper self-tracker!
      • Week 1 Self-tracker (due Monday, July 13th at 12:00pm)
      • Coming soon: Week 2 Self-tracker
      • Coming soon: Week 3 Self-tracker
      • Coming soon: Week 4 Self-tracker
Golden Water Bottle Trophy

Plank With Us Live!

On Mondays at 11:30am during the Plank & Drank challenge, join the GatorCare team and your coworkers throughout UF and UF Health to plank together! We’ll plank for the recommended time on the calendar and demonstrate the week’s challenge planks. Recordings will be posted here so you can review challenge plank forms, if needed. Click the button below to register!

Missed the live plank? View the recordings here!

July 6th: Group Plank & Week 1 Challenge Plank Forms

Text Message Reminders

Receive reminders to plank and hydrate straight to your phone by registering for the Plank & Drank Challenge in Remind 101. Download the app or text @plank2020 to 81010 to join!

Remind 101 Registration Instructions

Why should I participate?

About 60% of our bodies are made up of water. No wonder we need it!

Drinking enough water:

  • Maintains your body’s fluid balance, which regulates normal functioning like digestion and body temperature
  • Fuels your muscles, lubricates your joints and gives you energy
  • Improves your focus and promotes clearer thinking
  • Makes you feel fuller, which can aid with weight loss
  • The best indicator of your hydration is the color of your urine. View this chart to learn more!

What about planking?

Planking is a static core exercise that has many benefits:

  • Strengthens your core muscles, which leads to better stability and performance of daily activities like sitting, picking up objects, etc.
  • Helps reduce back pain by strengthening your back muscles
  • Improves your mood by releasing “feel good” endorphins- ALL exercises do this!
  • Improves your posture and balance

Proper Form

  • You can plank from your hands or forearms!
  • Maintain hands or elbows directly underneath the shoulders.
  • Never clasp your hands when performing a plank.
  • Keep spine straight and head neutral (eyes forward, not looking up or down).

Leadership Spotlight!

Shout out to our leaders at UF and UF Health who are helping support the Plank & Drank Challenge by showing off their own plank skills!

Dr. Kent Fuchs

President, University of Florida

Dr. Fuchs

Dr. David R. Nelson

Senior Vice President for Health Affairs at the University of Florida and President of UF Health

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Dr. Joseph A. Tyndall

Interim Dean, College of Medicine

Dr. Tyndall

Ed Jimenez

Chief Executive Officer, UF Health Shands

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Duke Lim, Dave Hudson, Irene Alexaitis

Nursing AVPs

Nursing AVPs

Winners Spotlight

2019 Winner: Jodian Blake

2018 Winner: Jill Sutton

2017 Winners: Wetty or Not Here We Come

2016 Winners: Team ReegRat