Myfitnesspal

Message Boards Challenges
You are currently viewing the message boards in:

April 2021 Planking and Isometric Exercise Challenge

1235

Replies

  • MaltedTeaMaltedTea Member, Premium Posts: 6,043 Member Member, Premium Posts: 6,043 Member
    Current tally: 7/8 "15 Minute Advanced Plank Workout" from Women's Health Mag

    Did these last night before bed. Next up? Session 8! That's tomorrow morning before work as part of a two-a-day.

    Stretch goal: 10 (not just 8) sessions by month end.

  • lesdarts180lesdarts180 Member Posts: 904 Member Member Posts: 904 Member
    Goal 60 minutes.
    01/04 rest day
    02/04 rest day
    03/04 rest day
    04/04 4 mins mixed planks
    05/04 4 mins mixed planks
    06/04 none
    07/04 none
    08/04 none
    09/04 4 mins mixed planks
    10/04 4 mins mixed planks
    11/04 4 mins mixed planks
    12/04 4 mins mixed planks
    13/04 4 mins mixed planks
    14/04 4 mins mixed planks
    15/04 4 mins mixed planks
    16/04 4 mins mixed planks
    17/04 4 mins mixed planks
    18/04 rest day
    19/04 none - forgot
    20/04 4 mins mixed planks
    21/04 none – went out for the day
    22/04 4 mins mixed planks
    23/04 4 mins mixed planks
    24/04 4 mins mixed planks
    25/04 4 mins mixed planks

    Total 64 minutes

    Goal achieved!
  • WhatMeRunningWhatMeRunning Member, Premium Posts: 2,827 Member Member, Premium Posts: 2,827 Member
    4/26 total hold time: 5:20
    Superman: 20 secs
    Forearm Plank: 20 secs
    Side Leg Raise (left/right): 20 secs / 20 secs
    Side Plank (left/right): 20 secs / 20 secs
    Hollow Hold: 20 secs
    Reverse Plank: 20 secs
    Front Kick Hold (left/right): 20 secs / 20 secs
    Side Kick Hold (left/right): 20 secs / 20 secs
    Back Kick Hold (left/right): 20 secs / 20 secs
    Squat Hold: 20 secs
    Calf Raise: 20 secs


    April total hold time - 47:40
    Superman: 3:00
    Forearm Plank: 3:00
    Side Leg Raise (left/right): 3:00 / 3:00
    Side Plank (left/right): 3:00 / 2:50
    Hollow Hold: 3:00
    Reverse Plank: 2:50
    Front Kick Hold (left/right): 3:00 / 3:00
    Side Kick Hold (left/right): 3:00 / 3:00
    Back Kick Hold (left/right): 3:00 / 3:00
    Squat Hold: 3:00
    Calf Raise: 3:00

    Based on feeling like I needed a break from these on Friday 4/23, I think the best approach is to do these 4 days/week instead of every weekday like I was initially hoping. So I'll be doing this Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri going forward, at least for now. Hopefully can do this more on the daily after a few weeks (except rest days, I am a stickler for honoring rest days).
    edited April 26
  • lazycat2018lazycat2018 Member Posts: 539 Member Member Posts: 539 Member
    April goal: 100 minutes mixed planks (100 minutes other isometrics)

    Starting a little later this month,
    Apr 3: 5(5); Apr 4: 2(2); Apr 5: 5(5)
    Apr 6: 6(6); April 7: 6(6); Apr 8: 5(5)
    Apr 9: 5(5); April 10: 5(5); Apr 11: 5(5)
    Apr 12: 5(5); Apr 13: 6(6); Apr 14: 5(5)
    Apr 15: 5(5); Apr 16: none; Apr 17: 4(4)
    Apr 18: 6(6); Apr 19: 5(5); Apr 20: 5(5)
    Apr 21: 5(5); Apr 22: 5(5); Apr 23: 0(2)
    Apr 24: none; Apr 25: 5(5); Apr 26: 5(6)

    Total: 105(107)
    Goal achieved.
  • lazycat2018lazycat2018 Member Posts: 539 Member Member Posts: 539 Member
    April goal: 100 minutes mixed planks (100 minutes other isometrics)

    Starting a little later this month,
    Apr 3: 5(5); Apr 4: 2(2); Apr 5: 5(5)
    Apr 6: 6(6); April 7: 6(6); Apr 8: 5(5)
    Apr 9: 5(5); April 10: 5(5); Apr 11: 5(5)
    Apr 12: 5(5); Apr 13: 6(6); Apr 14: 5(5)
    Apr 15: 5(5); Apr 16: none; Apr 17: 4(4)
    Apr 18: 6(6); Apr 19: 5(5); Apr 20: 5(5)
    Apr 21: 5(5); Apr 22: 5(5); Apr 23: 0(2)
    Apr 24: none; Apr 25: 5(5); Apr 26: 5(6)
    Apr 27: 5(6);

    Total: 110(113)
    Goal achieved.
  • MaltedTeaMaltedTea Member, Premium Posts: 6,043 Member Member, Premium Posts: 6,043 Member
    Current tally: 8/10 "15 Minute Advanced Plank Workout" from Women's Health Mag.

    Did these yesterday morning. Next round is due tomorrow morning so that I can meet the stretch goal of 10 by Friday.
  • WhatMeRunningWhatMeRunning Member, Premium Posts: 2,827 Member Member, Premium Posts: 2,827 Member
    4/27 total hold time: 5:20
    Superman: 20 secs
    Forearm Plank: 20 secs
    Side Leg Raise (left/right): 20 secs / 20 secs
    Side Plank (left/right): 20 secs / 20 secs
    Hollow Hold: 20 secs
    Reverse Plank: 20 secs
    Front Kick Hold (left/right): 20 secs / 20 secs
    Side Kick Hold (left/right): 20 secs / 20 secs
    Back Kick Hold (left/right): 20 secs / 20 secs
    Squat Hold: 20 secs
    Calf Raise: 20 secs


    April total hold time - 53:00
    Superman: 3:20
    Forearm Plank: 3:20
    Side Leg Raise (left/right): 3:20 / 3:20
    Side Plank (left/right): 3:20 / 3:10
    Hollow Hold: 3:20
    Reverse Plank: 3:10
    Front Kick Hold (left/right): 3:20 / 3:20
    Side Kick Hold (left/right): 3:20 / 3:20
    Back Kick Hold (left/right): 3:20 / 3:20
    Squat Hold: 3:20
    Calf Raise: 3:20
  • MaltedTeaMaltedTea Member, Premium Posts: 6,043 Member Member, Premium Posts: 6,043 Member
    Someone whom I admire tremendously did an epic feat of endurance today. So who the heck am I to whinge 'n whine about a measly 15-minute workout?

    My bet to myself this morning was to do two rounds in UNDER 10 min then continue on with the rest of the day's scheduled workouts.

    Alas, it took me 10:18 so I did another round during my lunch break, and then a 4th round after work.

    Current tally: 9/10 "15 Minute Advanced Plank Workout" from Women's Health Mag.

    Friday's session will be 3 rounds in a row in 15 minutes (as mandated by the program in the first place 🤷🏿‍♀️).
  • WhatMeRunningWhatMeRunning Member, Premium Posts: 2,827 Member Member, Premium Posts: 2,827 Member
    4/29 total hold time: 5:20
    Superman: 20 secs
    Forearm Plank: 20 secs
    Side Leg Raise (left/right): 20 secs / 20 secs
    Side Plank (left/right): 20 secs / 20 secs
    Hollow Hold: 20 secs
    Reverse Plank: 20 secs
    Front Kick Hold (left/right): 20 secs / 20 secs
    Side Kick Hold (left/right): 20 secs / 20 secs
    Back Kick Hold (left/right): 20 secs / 20 secs
    Squat Hold: 20 secs
    Calf Raise: 20 secs


    April total hold time - 58:20
    Superman: 3:40
    Forearm Plank: 3:40
    Side Leg Raise (left/right): 3:40 / 3:40
    Side Plank (left/right): 3:40 / 3:30
    Hollow Hold: 3:40
    Reverse Plank: 3:30
    Front Kick Hold (left/right): 3:40 / 3:40
    Side Kick Hold (left/right): 3:40 / 3:40
    Back Kick Hold (left/right): 3:40 / 3:40
    Squat Hold: 3:40
    Calf Raise: 3:40
    edited April 29
  • lazycat2018lazycat2018 Member Posts: 539 Member Member Posts: 539 Member
    April goal: 100 minutes mixed planks (100 minutes other isometrics)

    Starting a little later this month,
    Apr 3: 5(5); Apr 4: 2(2); Apr 5: 5(5)
    Apr 6: 6(6); April 7: 6(6); Apr 8: 5(5)
    Apr 9: 5(5); April 10: 5(5); Apr 11: 5(5)
    Apr 12: 5(5); Apr 13: 6(6); Apr 14: 5(5)
    Apr 15: 5(5); Apr 16: none; Apr 17: 4(4)
    Apr 18: 6(6); Apr 19: 5(5); Apr 20: 5(5)
    Apr 21: 5(5); Apr 22: 5(5); Apr 23: 0(2)
    Apr 24: none; Apr 25: 5(5); Apr 26: 5(6)
    Apr 27: 5(6); Apr 28: 5(6); Apr 29: 1(2)
    I think I twisted my shoulder badly while sleeping last night, so will wait until it fully cures. It's one minute side plank and 2 mins mountain one leg pose for balance today.

    Total: 116(121)
    Goal achieved.
  • WhatMeRunningWhatMeRunning Member, Premium Posts: 2,827 Member Member, Premium Posts: 2,827 Member
    Wrapping up April! Hope to see everyone again in May!

    4/30 total hold time: 5:20
    Superman: 20 secs
    Forearm Plank: 20 secs
    Side Leg Raise (left/right): 20 secs / 20 secs
    Side Plank (left/right): 20 secs / 20 secs
    Hollow Hold: 20 secs
    Reverse Plank: 20 secs
    Front Kick Hold (left/right): 20 secs / 20 secs
    Side Kick Hold (left/right): 20 secs / 20 secs
    Back Kick Hold (left/right): 20 secs / 20 secs
    Squat Hold: 20 secs
    Calf Raise: 20 secs


    April total hold time - 1:03:40
    Superman: 4:00
    Forearm Plank: 4:00
    Side Leg Raise (left/right): 4:00 / 4:00
    Side Plank (left/right): 4:00 / 3:50
    Hollow Hold: 4:00
    Reverse Plank: 3:50
    Front Kick Hold (left/right): 4:00 / 4:00
    Side Kick Hold (left/right): 4:00 / 4:00
    Back Kick Hold (left/right): 4:00 / 4:00
    Squat Hold: 4:00
    Calf Raise: 4:00
  • sweetdaisy13sweetdaisy13 Member Posts: 257 Member Member Posts: 257 Member
    Today:
    Straight arm planks: 5 x 30 seconds
    Reverse planks: 4 x 30 seconds
    Wall sit: 3 x 30 seconds
    Calf raises: 3 x 30 seconds
    Glute bridge: 3 x 30 seconds
    Hollow body tuck hold: 2 x 30 seconds
    Press-ups: 10 reps

    April Total:
    Planks: 50 minutes
    Isometric exercises: 1 hour 10 minutes
    Press-ups: 120 reps

    Really pleased to have found this thread! Hadn't realised that isometrics and planks would have made such a difference to how I feel in a month. I'm running at a faster pace - with no injuries, slight change in body shape as I'm more toned (but I am also watching what I'm eating) and I've gone from not being able to do a full press-up to being able to do 10 in a row. Previously I had to do them with bended knees, as I couldn't hold my weight.

    It's also been good to see what others are doing as well and thank you to @WhatMeRunning as I've now incorporated the hollow body hold into my routine. I'm still doing it as a tuck hold with knees up, but working towards being able to do it with my legs stretched out - it's a tough one!

    Looking forward to seeing you over in the May Challenge.
  • lazycat2018lazycat2018 Member Posts: 539 Member Member Posts: 539 Member
    April goal: 100 minutes mixed planks (100 minutes other isometrics)

    Starting a little later this month,
    Apr 3: 5(5); Apr 4: 2(2); Apr 5: 5(5)
    Apr 6: 6(6); April 7: 6(6); Apr 8: 5(5)
    Apr 9: 5(5); April 10: 5(5); Apr 11: 5(5)
    Apr 12: 5(5); Apr 13: 6(6); Apr 14: 5(5)
    Apr 15: 5(5); Apr 16: none; Apr 17: 4(4)
    Apr 18: 6(6); Apr 19: 5(5); Apr 20: 5(5)
    Apr 21: 5(5); Apr 22: 5(5); Apr 23: 0(2)
    Apr 24: none; Apr 25: 5(5); Apr 26: 5(6)
    Apr 27: 5(6); Apr 28: 5(6); Apr 29: 1(2)
    Apr 30: 2(2)

    Total: 118(123)
  • jeffrey_adjeffrey_ad Member, Premium Posts: 691 Member Member, Premium Posts: 691 Member
Sign In or Register to comment.