If there is one thing I can say I “hate”, its planks. I seriously despise planks. Why are they so hard? Why do I feel like they never get easier? Having a baby killed my core; can I still use that excuse now that I have a 2.5 year old?! I personally believe that planks are so challenging because they are so effective:
- They engage all of your core muscle groups, in one little position.
- You’ll burn more calories that your traditional sit-up or crunch.
- You’ll improve your posture and balance.
- They can improve your overall mood! What! Planks stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension.
I also convince myself that they are harder and harder each time… guess why? Because I am challenging myself every time, and I am increasing the amount of time I am holding my plank. I wish I started keeping a count of how long I could hold a plank when I first started, because I know the amount of time has at least doubled.
I want to share my plank routine with all of you. It is something that I have learned by going to various classes, and it has been very effective for me. Whenever I can’t make it to a class, or am at the gym doing my own workout, I do this series. Typically, I do 10 reps for each set, take a rest, and then back at it. I usually do this anywhere from 5 – 10 times, depending on how I am feeling. I like this series because it is easy to complete at home and you really don’t need any equipment (maybe a yoga mat if you choose).
Melissa and I would like to challenge you to a 7 day plank challenge starting today, or tomorrow, or next week, all that matters is you are doing it. For 7 days in a row, try this plank series. Start off with doing it 5x and work your way up until 10. After 7 days, let us know how you are feeling. Has it been effective? We’d love to hear from you! If any of you are brave enough to take a video, we challenge you to post it to social media, tag us, and use the #workitlikeamotherplankchallenge