Okay, where are my Pinterest junkies? I’m sure you’re familiar with the varieties of “plank challenge” pins making the rounds. Well I’m calling their bluff. For the next 30 days, I will do the Pinterest Plank Challenge. Oh yes. I want a rock hard core and I’m on a mission to see if these pins have any merit. Pinterest thinks it can transform my abs?
30-day Pinterest Plank Challenge… commence!
Check back here for daily updates and progress photos. Anyone interested in joining me? C’mon, you can do it!
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Day 1: 20 Seconds
Oh please. 20-second plank, you’s my b*tch.
Please excuse my extreme pastiness. I haven’t yet had the opportunity to properly sun myself for summer. (Also, I had just finished a 3-mile run, so the sweat isn’t doing anything for my skin tone.)
Day 2: 20 Seconds
Child’s play. I’m not even breaking a sweat! (Well actually, I am, but that was from my run. Don’t attribute the glisten to the level of effort it takes to complete a 20-second plank.)
Yes, I am planking in the locker room.
Day 3: 30 seconds
I’m not gonna lie, the last 10 seconds were a tad rough. Maybe I should complete my planking BEFORE the balance of my workout, instead of at the tail end. I need to do a better job of setting myself up for success here!
Day 4: 30 seconds
Isn’t my awkward dancing endearing? Almost as cute as Michael’s “Zombies of the Stratosphere” poster in the background, right? (Bahaha!)
Day 5: 40 seconds
Yeah, alright, this was a bit of a challenge. At the 25 second mark, my mid-section began shaking uncontrollably. The shaking increased in intensity until I reached 40 and collapsed on the ground, flopping around like a weak, wet noodle.
How am I going to do 1 minute next week?!
Day 6: Rest
Day 7: 45 seconds
Wow, so either I was having a really off day, or I allowed myself to get much further out of shape than I initially thought. You guys, it was embarrassing how difficult a mere 45 seconds was for me. I may have gotten myself in way over my head on this challenge… but I can’t back down now because I’ve been mouthing off and shit-talking the Pinterest Plank Challenge all over the place. GAH!
Day 8: 45 seconds
I accidentally got drunk while cooking dinner. Oops. Gonna regret that tomorrow…
Day 9: 1 minute
This should be interesting, seeing as how I slacked off yesterday and am traveling for work today. I’ll post a pained planking selfie from my hotel room later.
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Needless to say, I did a 1-minute plank… with flying colors! Thanks, Kimpton Hotels, for being such an awesome supporter.
— Get It Girl (@GetItGirlBlog) June 27, 2014
Day 10: 1 minute
Crushed it. Who knew?? 1 minute isn’t that bad, if you mentally break it up into four 15-second segments.
Day 11: 1 minute
Ugh, I did it again. Added the plank to the END of my workout. I had completed 5 10-15-minute Pilates segments on Blogilates, one of which was an “ultimate core” workout. After all of that, it seemed apropos to complete my 1-minute plank. Why not? I had crushed it yesterday, after all. I was a pro at this 1-minute thing.
I was shaking uncontrollably for the last 20 seconds. I’m talking like, an 8 on the Richter Scale. I’m surprised my spastic shaking didn’t make me lose my balance and tumble to the ground in a heap of failure.
Tomorrow: I plank FIRST.
Day 12: 1.5 minute
Okay, so this wasn’t as horrifying as it could have been! I started my plank BEFORE the rest of my workout, and mentally broke it into 3 segments of 30-seconds. Totally do-able and not as intimidating.
Admittedly, the last 20 seconds were TOUGH, but I didn’t feel as though my midsection was burning with the fire of a thousand suns. So I’ve got that going for me.
Day 13: Rest
Day 14: 1.5 minute
Day 15: 1.5 minute
Did I ever tell you about the time I drank whiskey and then tried to plank for 90 seconds? COMICAL. (And hard!) Gawd, I’m such a lush.
Okay, so I’ve had to put the brakes on this plank challenge for a few days. I did this crazy calves workout over on Blogilates and I haven’t been able to walk for 2 days. (No seriously, I cannot even straighten my legs. It’s actually quite hilarious. I’ll see if Michael will take a video.) I’m hoping I’ll be feeling OK enough tomorrow to resume and tackle 2 minutes!
After a 3-day rest and a long weekend of family wedding-ness, I am ready to get back on the plank track. The problem is, I tried to do a 2-minute plank today and FAILED miserably.
Now, I was able to complete a 1-minute plank before collapsing in a pitiful fetal position… AND, I did it in a full Pilates plank position, instead of propped up on my elbows. Much. Harder.
My plan is to use the next 2-3 days to plank in the above position until I can do it for 2 minutes. Then, I’ll resume the Challenge beginning with Day 16.