30 Day Plank Challenge – Review

Hi!

I’ve been a bad blogger! I’ve had so much on academically that I haven’t had a chance to write a post in a month! But I wanted to say thank you so much for everyone’s continued support on instagram – it puts such a smile on my face!

I thought I’d put up a review of the 30 day plank challenge that I did as I know a lot of people see these challenges and think about doing them without actually getting round to it.

What I liked about it…

  • Improved core strength – my trainer noted how much stronger and more stable I seemed performing exercises such as dumbbell rows
  • Commitment – because I had to do a plank everyday other than the odd rest day it meant I was aware of my body and what I was doing for it everyday, meaning I felt more inclined to make healthier and better choices on these days.
  • Mental Endurance – I’m going to be honest, holding a plank for five minutes is muscle burning hell and if I hadn’t have committed to a challenge I probably wouldn’t have stuck with it.  However, because I felt committed I was surprised by how much my body could do if I just held it for another ten seconds.  This was definitely a good lesson for working out!
  • Convenience – do you have a body and a solid area of floor? Then you can hold a plank – this is a very low maintenance exercise to do!

My tips for holding a longer plank..

  • Choose a song that goes for longer than you can ever imagine holding a plank for and listen to it everytime.  You’ll be surprised by how much more you hear each time!
    • You Get What You Give by New Radicals is five minutes…. it’s also a very feel good song!
  • Are you an e-mailer, instagrammer, twitterer (tweeter?) or facebooker? Good.  Now is the time to do some admin.  Scroll your feed, like some images or statuses.  Whatever it is now is the time to get it done.
  • Don’t watch a clock.  Seriously.  This is why I set off the stopwatch, start the song and go on instagram, because if you watch the seconds pass they will slow down!

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6 thoughts on “30 Day Plank Challenge – Review

  1. I’m doing the plank challenge at the moment! When I first started I couldn’t even hold it for 20 seconds and now I can hold it for 1 minute & 30 seconds. The thought of holding it for 5 minutes still fills me with dread, but it’s great to feel myself getting stronger & improving!

    I’m also doing the abs challenge & the squat challenge at the same time!

    It’s my mission for 2015 to get stronger!

    Lorna | naturally-bee.blogspot.co.uk |

  2. I’m rubbish at holding planks! I’ll be using some of your tips to help with my crocodile plank… The only thing is my hands won’t be free to use Instagram! 😦

    Christy x
    (@xchristybx)

      1. Good tips. If it’s any encouragement to y’all, I just completed a 12-minute plank today. (Still a way off the world record – four hours, 21 minutes -, but hey….I’ve got better things to do with my life!)

  3. Is there a plan for after the 30 days? I go on holiday in 2 months and I’m on day 5 of the 30 day plank challenge, but what should I do for the month before hols, carry on doing 5 mins?!?!?!?!? X

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