Monday, October 28, 2013

30 Day Plank Challenge

Hi all,

Once again we have decided to do another 30 day challenge together!  Having each other for encouragement and motivation is fantastic and really works for us.. we both would highly recommend it if you find you are struggling.  We started this challenge on Wednesday which would make today day 6.

Using proper form is extremely important, please click on this video for a demonstration and some eye candy. ;o)

Planking is an incredible exercise because it works out pretty much every single muscle in the body and is a great way to keep your back and spine healthy. Plus you can do it from the comfort of your own home! Got excuses? This is a no-excuses-tolerated workout! Watching TV? Get on the floor and plank it out for a bit! Practice makes perfect so if it’s hard at first don’t give up. Just keep trying because once you build those muscles you’ll be able to plank for longer and will see results!

Today is our first rest day, here are our thoughts so far. 

Jenn: I found the above picture circulating the internet, and seeing what muscles are being worked while doing a plank motivates me a lot. I want these areas strengthened because they are my weak areas. To be honest, this is my first time planking. I am excited to try something different, but nervous at the same time.

My whole body was shaking during my very first plank, I struggled feeling like my body was being pulled down. I felt uneasy about the upcoming days where I would have to hold a plank position for longer and longer. To my surprise, I now can hold a planking position without shaking until around 15 seconds. That’s a huge improvement for me, in a mere 5 days. I am feeling very excited now and motivated to see how this goes, and I love the feeling of growing stronger. My lower core muscles are the sorest muscle right now from doing this challenge.

Steph: I have to be honest, when I first considered doing this challenge I definitely had no idea what I was getting myself into. Planking is HARD! “20 seconds!?” I thought.. “easy peasy!”. Let me tell you, it is not easy peasy. I always feel like my upper body strength and core area need improvement so this was perfect.

Day 1 was hard.. my body shook SO much and I had to break halfway through. That’s right.. I couldn’t even do 10 seconds. “Great.. this is going to go well!” Next day I could do it without a break.. same with the next day.. and the next day. I needed my next break at 40 seconds (only because my foot was bothering me alot). I think this will go similarly to the squat challenge and it will get gradually easier as I go on. I also like that I’m able to split it up throughout the day .. so taking a break doesn’t really bug me. I’m excited to see how this goes and see how my upper body strength improves. I’ll keep you guys in the loop  :P

Thanks for reading and let us know if you decide to join in!
- Jenn & Steph

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