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60 Minutes per Month Plank Challenge - May 2017

Spliner1969Spliner1969 Posts: 2,119Member Member Posts: 2,119Member Member
b3achy wrote: »
This is a pretty simple challenge thread for those that want to have some accountability with their plank workouts. This plank challenge thread is meant to be flexible enough that people of various fitness levels should be able to successfully complete it as long as they are consistent with doing their planks regularly.

Challenge Goal - 60 minutes of planks for the month. That's about 2 minutes of planks daily, or 3 minutes of planks for 20 days or 5 minutes of planks for 12 days...or...what ever you want to do to reach the challenge goal.
>>If you are already a planking superstar or start to consistently hit the challenge goal, feel free to post your own goal at the beginning of the challenge that is higher than the one for the posted challenge. Or post an updated goal once you hit 60 minutes.
>>If you join us late in the month, feel free to post an alternate goal that is in the spirit of the original challenge (for example, joining around the 15th would be a 30 minute plank challenge to finish out the month).

How many sets? As many as you need. If you can do a 5 minute plank in one set, that is amazing!! If you want to do a few sets of 1 - 2 minute planks, that's cool! If you need to break up your planks into multiple sets of 15-30 seconds, that's okay too!

Types of planks? ALL planks and their variations count! Straight arm planks, forearm/elbow planks, side planks, reverse planks, etc. This allows you to vary your planks depending on your personal workout goals. (See next post for a variety of planking ideas.)

How to join / participate? Just post the total minutes of the planks you did for the day and your running total for the month. No spreadsheets, no groups. Easy peasy.

Last month's 60 minute plank challenge thread:
http://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/discussion/10521887/60-minutes-per-month-plank-challenge-march-2017

Welcome and get planking!!

Continuing the challenge for @B3achy since she is busy for the next month or maybe a few. The challenge has helped a ton of us build a much stronger core thanks to her, so all props go to the original challenge creator @B3achy!
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  • Spliner1969Spliner1969 Posts: 2,119Member Member Posts: 2,119Member Member
    b3achy wrote: »
    This is a pretty simple challenge thread for those that want to have some accountability with their plank workouts. This plank challenge thread is meant to be flexible enough that people of various fitness levels should be able to successfully complete it as long as they are consistent with doing their planks regularly.

    Challenge Goal - 60 minutes of planks for the month. That's about 2 minutes of planks daily, or 3 minutes of planks for 20 days or 5 minutes of planks for 12 days...or...what ever you want to do to reach the challenge goal.
    >>If you are already a planking superstar or start to consistently hit the challenge goal, feel free to post your own goal at the beginning of the challenge that is higher than the one for the posted challenge. Or post an updated goal once you hit 60 minutes.
    >>If you join us late in the month, feel free to post an alternate goal that is in the spirit of the original challenge (for example, joining around the 15th would be a 30 minute plank challenge to finish out the month).

    How many sets? As many as you need. If you can do a 5 minute plank in one set, that is amazing!! If you want to do a few sets of 1 - 2 minute planks, that's cool! If you need to break up your planks into multiple sets of 15-30 seconds, that's okay too!

    Types of planks? ALL planks and their variations count! Straight arm planks, forearm/elbow planks, side planks, reverse planks, etc. This allows you to vary your planks depending on your personal workout goals. (See next post for a variety of planking ideas.)

    How to join / participate? Just post the total minutes of the planks you did for the day and your running total for the month. No spreadsheets, no groups. Easy peasy.

    Last month's 60 minute plank challenge thread:
    http://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/discussion/10521887/60-minutes-per-month-plank-challenge-march-2017

    Welcome and get planking!!
    b3achy wrote: »
    And for those that want some more intermediate or advanced plank workouts...

    Intermediate Plank Workouts:
    These are intermediate level workouts, good to try once you have a good foundation of standard planks and are looking for something more interesting or with more variety.

    3 minute Bowflex Plank Workout:


    Rebecca Louise 5 minute Plank Workout (shows nearly proper form (butt's a little too far in the air, IMO), and modified forms):


    DareBee 5 minute Plank Workout:
    five-minute-plank-workout.jpg

    DareBee Killer Core Plank Workout:
    killer-core-workout.jpg


    Advanced Workouts:
    Do not try these if you have never done a plank before. These are workouts to build up to once you successfully establish a good foundation of standard planks (and probably only once you've managed to do some of the intermediate workouts).

    15 Minute Advanced Plank Workout:
    wh-15-min-plank-workout_0.jpeg
    See details in this article ~ http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/plank-abs-workout

    FitnessBlender 10 minute Advanced Plank Workout (this looks brutal):


    You get the idea...there are lots of planks you can do, and any and all are acceptable for this challenge! Happy planking!! :)

  • Spliner1969Spliner1969 Posts: 2,119Member Member Posts: 2,119Member Member
    Anyone wanting to join simply post, and post daily or as you do planks and add to your time. Welcome to the challenge and hope to see everyone from last month try again!
  • Spliner1969Spliner1969 Posts: 2,119Member Member Posts: 2,119Member Member
    I'm in as usual! Personal goal 180 minutes for the month.
  • VinehausenVinehausen Posts: 3,263Member Member Posts: 3,263Member Member
    I'm in. I enjoy planks but want to challenge myself.
  • ladyreva78ladyreva78 Posts: 1,954Member Member Posts: 1,954Member Member
    I'm in! I'm bound to get to those 60 minutes sooner or later :tongue:
  • 135terry135terry Posts: 297Member Member Posts: 297Member Member
    I'm in - 90 minute goal for May.
  • phumyonafitnessjourneyphumyonafitnessjourney Posts: 15Member Member Posts: 15Member Member
    Funny today I was mentally committing myself to do this. Even better as part of a group.
  • 3dtimescharm3dtimescharm Posts: 7Member Member Posts: 7Member Member
    Omg, i think I gonna try to do it. 31 min for me. Been out of the gym for a while.
  • tdunnegantdunnegan Posts: 127Member Member Posts: 127Member Member
    I'm in. Very weak core. But just starting planks. I did 3 sets straight arm to count of 15 yesterday as a modification to push ups in my exercise class yesterday....coincidentally...

    I'll officially time for this challenge. Glad I found this
  • SweetSassyJenSweetSassyJen Posts: 129Member Member Posts: 129Member Member
    My first challenge and I'm ready! I'm in for 60 minutes!
  • mrmartoonmrmartoon Posts: 27Member Member Posts: 27Member Member
    Okay sounds like fun. I'm in!
  • homeschoolmom77homeschoolmom77 Posts: 193Member Member Posts: 193Member Member
    I'm in, maybe I can get the 60 min this month, will have to see how the back behaves. Welcome to the new-comers, glad to see all the friends from last couple of months.
  • old_meold_me Posts: 68Member Member Posts: 68Member Member
    I am not good with planks...so I'm in. Need to build up my strength. I will try for 60min.
  • transparentenigmatransparentenigma Posts: 461Member Member Posts: 461Member Member
    Well I want to push myself, but I am trying to be realistic, so 60 minutes is a good place to start.

    I'm in.
  • mooremary1971mooremary1971 Posts: 2Member Member Posts: 2Member Member
    IN !
    124 mins in 31 days (4 mins per day).
    Core strength is my goal right now, thanks for the challenge!
  • kiit1234kiit1234 Posts: 49Member Member Posts: 49Member Member
    I'm in.
  • SweetSassyJenSweetSassyJen Posts: 129Member Member Posts: 129Member Member
    Day 1 - 2 minutes completed...that was tough!
  • Spliner1969Spliner1969 Posts: 2,119Member Member Posts: 2,119Member Member
    May 1, None, Planned Rest Day! I swear!

    May's personal goal 180 minutes, 180 left to go.
  • AcrovicAcrovic Posts: 1Member Member Posts: 1Member Member
    Have been out of fitness for a while now, Goal is 60minutes at the end of the month.
    May 1, 2 minutes!
  • 135terry135terry Posts: 297Member Member Posts: 297Member Member
    May goal - 90 minutes
    May 1 - 4 min (mixed planks)
  • elaishatate826elaishatate826 Posts: 5Member Member Posts: 5Member Member
    Does planks really work ?
  • Spliner1969Spliner1969 Posts: 2,119Member Member Posts: 2,119Member Member
    Does planks really work ?

    Yes they do. But it depends on what you mean by 'work'. They won't make your belly smaller (I can attest to that lol, I still have plenty of loose skin in that area), but they will build your core muscles big time. So if you're at a deficit, or plan to do a cut later, you'll have plenty of nice muscle underneath ready to make its appearance. Planks have done wonders for the stability of my spine and the strength of my lower back and abs.
  • lporter229lporter229 Posts: 3,310Member Member Posts: 3,310Member Member
    In for 60 minutes.
  • pcrcs06pcrcs06 Posts: 3Member Member Posts: 3Member Member
    This is my 1st time, so my goal is 60 minutes. Today I had to break it in 3 periods - 45scs + 30 sec rest + 45sec + 30 sec rest + 30sec.
    Not bad for me... I used to be down at 20sec :)
  • aerdna88aerdna88 Posts: 74Member Member Posts: 74Member Member
    I'm in! I'll go for the 60 as my goal but hopefully will pass that up!
  • homeschoolmom77homeschoolmom77 Posts: 193Member Member Posts: 193Member Member
    May 1: 2 min

    Goal: 2 down, 58 to go!
  • mooremary1971mooremary1971 Posts: 2Member Member Posts: 2Member Member
    MAY 1
    4, 124
  • tinacusotinacuso Posts: 993Member Member Posts: 993Member Member
    I am new to this challenge.
    Goal: 60 minutes
    May 1: 2 -1 minute planks
  • HappyEightHappyEight Posts: 34Member Member Posts: 34Member Member
    Tried last month and couldn't get into the hang of starting mid-month.
    Goal 60 Min

    May 1: 3x 20sec planks

    1 Min /60 Min
  • klawster484klawster484 Posts: 2Member Member Posts: 2Member Member
    I am going to try this starting this tomorrow
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