That’s right: we’re coming for you, abs!
It may be the end of summer, but a strong core is always a priority in my book. I did this challenge waaaay back in April of 2016 - and loved it! So I figured we’d repeat it for the month of August. Who’s in?!
The rules for this challenge are simple:
-Each week, you’ll pick 3 of the plank variations shown in the diagram below.
-Start off in Week 1 by doing each move for 3 sets of 30 seconds a piece. Do this 4 days throughout the week (preferably not multiple days in a row so your muscles can rest and grow!).
-For Week 2, pick 3 more variations (or feel free to keep it the same if you’d like), but INCREASE THE TIME to 3 sets of 1 minute each.
-For Week 3, pick 3 different sets of planks (or again, stay the same) and INCREASE YOUR SETS AND TIME to 4 sets of 1 minute, 30 seconds each.
-For Week 4, pick 3 more moves and INCREASE YOUR TIME again to 4 sets of 2 minutes a piece.
-Post pictures of yourself planking throughout the month. Use the hashtag #AugustAbChallenge and tag me (@fit_n_clean_mama) in your posts. Each pic will qualify you to win a prize at the end, so keep up those posts!
If you're worried about when to fit these planks into your week, have no fear! You have several options: split them up throughout the day, tack them onto the end of your normal workouts, do them during one of your "rest" days, or even plank while you're watching your nightly shows. It's amazing what we can do when we MAKE SOMETHING A PRIORITY!
Since the month starts at the end of this week, we won’t officially start the challenge until Sunday, August 4th. That gives you enough time to plan your planks and grab a friend or two to join the challenge with you! The more, the merrier!
Let’s do this, babes!