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Posts Tagged ‘plank challenge’

Multiple Planks In A Day Challenge – Check In #2

Posted by terrepruitt on April 14, 2013

For me, checking in every day helps me remember to do it.  I have forgotten to do it one day.  One day I did only one plank, I forgot to finish with the other two.  Another day I pushed the day, as in I remember at five minutes after midnight!  It really helps to have that extra thing (checking in) to do.  I don’t know why I can’t remember to do a plank three times, but I can remember to do something once when I have to check in.  Must be that accountability thing.  It helps.  🙂

I started this challenge as a way to help us keep planking and I was thinking my friend who always participates in my challenges would have a better time of it if she didn’t have to check in every day.  I was thinking that the three minutes it would take to plank — either all at once or throughout the day — would be easy.  She was on vacation and I was thinking she would have a lot of time to get some planks in.  Not so.  Vacations are so busy.  It seems as if LESS gets done because there is no schedule.  So she might be joining us after she gets settled.  I will continue to be challenged to do it three times a day.

So far today, I have done two.  Now I have to remember to do the other two!

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Last Day Of Thirty-One Days Of Planking

Posted by terrepruitt on March 31, 2013

So today is our last day of our Plank A Day For A Month Challenge.  What do you say?  Are you ready for more?

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Walk The Plank

Posted by terrepruitt on March 30, 2013

Ha, ha, ha.  Ok, not really, but reaching for titles here.  We are not walking our plank.  We are just staying in one.  So this is our second to last day in the Plank A Day For  A Month Challenge.  I really think it would be cool to continue.  And as I mentioned in a previous post I have an idea . . . . . . . .

Have you increased your duration?

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Gangnam Style Plank

Posted by terrepruitt on March 29, 2013

You want to know something?  I have not seen anything Gangnam Style except what Saturday Night Live did.  They did a skit based on it almost the second it happened and the guy that started the whole thing was on it.  Ok, and I did watch a few seconds of a Gangnam Style wedding video, but I was not entertained enough to continue.

According to Wiki: “On December 21, 2012, “Gangnam Style” became the first YouTube video to reach a billion views.”  Wow!  I can say, I am not one of those billion views.  But I do believe I have heard of “Gangnam Style” – just about everything so why not planking.  Ha, ok, not really.  Again . . . just really trying to eek out a couple more titles to these daily posts.  It is not easy!  As I am sure you can tell from the titles themselves!

With only a few days left of our Plank A Day For A Month Challenge.  It is kinda shocking to realize that we have almost gone an entire month.  Wow.

How are you doing?

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Plank Here! Gotcha Yer Plank Here

Posted by terrepruitt on March 27, 2013

WOW!  Day twenty-seven of our Plank A Day For A Month!  Kinda can’t believe it is almost over.  I just had an idea about a plank challenge for next month . . . . . ha!  I guess we should finish this one first, huh?

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It’s A Bird, It’s A Plank

Posted by terrepruitt on March 23, 2013

What?  You try to come up with thirty-one days of titles for the basically the same thing.  Not easy.  And please, even if you lie to me, can you say at least one so far has made you smile?

Here it is day twenty-three.  Plank A Day For A Month Challenge.  How’s it going?

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Twenty One And Fifteen

Posted by terrepruitt on March 21, 2013

YEAH BABY!  This is day twenty one of our Plank A Day For A Month Challenge!!!!  And I am sure you are feeling good about it!  This is also my fifteen wedding anniversary and I am feeling pretty good about that!

So how are you feeling about your planking? 

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Double Planking

Posted by terrepruitt on March 20, 2013

So have you found yourself doing more than one plank a day yet?  This is day twenty of our Plank A Day For A Month Challenge and I was just wondering if you think about it during the day after you’ve done the plank for the challenge or not and decide to do another one.  Why not, right?  It is only 15+ seconds out of your day?

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Plank Muscles

Posted by terrepruitt on March 19, 2013

While you are doing your plank you might notice some of the muscles involved in doing the plank.  As I am sure you know, there are many variations to the plank.  Many movement practices/exercise disciplines do planks.  There is a plank in yoga, in Pilates, in weight training . . . you probably have seen it all over.  That alone tells you that it is an exercise/pose worth doing right?  We even do planks in Nia.  If there is a version in so many different disciplines it could be that is because does a body good.  The plank we are doing in our Plank A Day Challenge is the plank on our forearms as opposed to the plank where your arms are straight (the position of the “top” of a push-up).  There are a lot of muscles used in this plank.

The muscles being used in a plank are the abdominal muscles, the back muscles, the muscles in the arms, the shoulders, leg muscles, and butt muscles.  So pretty much muscles in every muscle group.  You can understand why it is such a great exercise.  It is a full body workout.  So, while it might not utilize every muscles it calls upon a lot of them.  If you are participating in the challenge you might even notice that the endurance in the muscles is improving.

I often think of the plank as a great exercise to work on your core.  You might have heard “core” and “core muscles” before.  You might even wonder what they are.  And just like so many things there are so many answers.  I think of the core as a muscle group.  I think of the core muscles as the group that allows your body to remain stable and/or upright.  So sometimes that could include your quads if you are standing or doing a plank.

Having a strong and stable core helps us accomplish everyday things.  From sitting, to walking, to doing things with our arm as in pushing, pulling, carrying, etc.  A strong trunk helps us when we need to work with are arms.  Especially with our arms extended.  If we are do something with our arms out, say opening a window, grabbing a grocery bag and bringing it towards you, or pushing something in to a vehicle for transport, you rely a lot on your torso.  So when it is strong and stable it can support you while you do these task.

On top of the strong core having arms that are able to open windows, grab and hold groceries, pull them towards you or push things help with every day life too.  Be able to do all of these everyday things might be one reason the plank is in so many exercise disciplines.  It is a great functional exercise.  It is understood that it can assist with muscle strength and endurance.  And it is one of the exercises that gets a lot of muscles all at once!

Are you participating in our challenge?  Are you feeling your muscles?  You have probably felt the muscles used in a plank, right?

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You Planker, You

Posted by terrepruitt on March 14, 2013

Hey, it is Thursday, March 14, 2013!  It is our fourteenth day of planking!  So glad you are still here doing our plank challenge.

I’m going to get my plank in before I teach Nia tonight!

Tell me how it is going for you?

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