Planking aka Lying Down Game aka Face Downs apparently has been around since 1997 – but has gained more popularity over the last two years in England and then Australia – and by now people are randomly planking just about anywhere.

Clothes Rack Plank
All it is: lying down with your front towards the ground, legs stretched out, arms by your side… and all that in a unique or public place – alone, with friends, with strangers… then have a picture taken, upload it online and name it.

Car Window Plank
I just couldn’t resist to get my friends to plank around Berlin. Sure it seems silly and pointless and like parkour for lazy people – but we’ve had such great laughs. And once you start, you can’t help but see Planking opportunities everywhere…

“Planking” – In A Berlin Minute (Week 61) from Luci Westphal on Vimeo.

Needless to say I have quite few more pictures and will post an extended version very soon (and get the photos online and name them).

And there are still a few Planks we didn’t get around to, like the Berliner Bär Plank and the Family Stack Plank…


Climbing Rock Plank
The featured song is called “Planking” and was exclusively written and performed for this video by The Plankers (= some of us).


Well it’s been a rough day
And your boss is a jerk
But you’re tired of always just drinking

Parkour is a thrill
So is base jumping
Isn’t that all kind of life-threatening

When life’s got you down
Go on lying around your town
Sometimes all you need to do is go planking


You can do it anywhere
And in the end who really cares
You’re just planking


It should probably be noted that someone recently fell and died when doing a very risky plank while being intoxicated. That is very sad. But obviously the point is not to put yourself in a position where you or someone else could get hurt. 

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