We just started week 9 of our challenge and you might of not heard us make mention of it here on the blog but we are still going at it. It has become a routine for me, one I hope to continue past these 12 weeks but hoping for much larger portions of food (here’s hoping!).
One of the biggest challenge I’ve had in maybe forever, well since I started working out which takes back to 1997 (oh, boy…this is aging me) is planking. Truth be told, I find planking totally annoying but I love the results.
Planking or a plank is the exercise that involves your core muscles, improves your strength, balance and endurance. If done well, you can totally straighten your entire body, improve your core and also your back, since it’s all connected. All of these things are great, especially for me who’s lived with lower back issues for 20+ years. And who doesn’t want a strong core, thus strong abs, thus crop tops in the summer?
The longer you can hold a plank, the better you can develop your core and your back can be resilient to lower back injury. This week, our challenge is to plank every single day; the goal is to hold a plank for 2 minutes. If you’ve never done one, you’ll probably be able to get to 30 seconds, which is great. Slowly but surely, you’ll get to 2 minutes; your core will thank you for it.
Here are some variations of the plank for you, depending on your fitness level, you can try any or all, let us know how you did!!
1. Basic Plank