Megan, who runs the blog Run Like A Grl, just started this ab challenge and I thought “why not join?!”. As one of my goals for 2013 is to work on building up some strength this is a great way to get a little extra inspiration, motivation and support.
Here’s some information from Run Like A Grl’s blog:
“Here’s how its going to work:
- Sign up for the challenge here!
- Each week, there will be an Abs by April Challenge post where I will share an ab/core workout or exercise that will be the suggested weekly challenge. I know sometimes life gets in the way so if you only have time for a different type of ab/core workout, that’s fine! The purpose is to get stronger, healthier, and build some definition. As long as you are doing something, that’s totally cool.
- During the week, share your workouts, progress, photos of you participating in the challenge, and any advice via myFacebook page or through Twitter/Instagram using thehashtag #AbsByApril. Share as much or as little as you want, its up to you.
- At the same time each week, take a photo of your abs to document progress.
You can share this on social media if you feel comfortable, just share a before and after photo in April, or keep it to yourself as personal proof of your awesomeness!
Having a strong core is so crucial to overall health and injury prevention, which is the ultimate goal of this challenge. As a person who has had back issues since a young age, I know the important of strong abs/core (this also includes back muscles!). So let’s do this together, its so much easier to achieve something when you have support. Plus, looking good on the beach doesn’t hurt :) And without further delay, here’s your first challenge.
Week 1 Challenge Details: This challenge is a daily one (although most won’t be): do at least one plank a day for the next week. Planks use significantly more muscles than a standard crunch, so many trainers are choosing these! Hold this plank for as long as you can, log the time, and compare your times throughout the week! This challenge includes any variation of a plank you choose. Here are some options:
Standard Forearm Plank
Standard Straight Arm Plank
Plank with single leg lifts
Side Planks (both sides)
Side plank with hip dips
Side plank with oblique twists
The best site I’ve found demonstrating these is here.
Tips: Be especially sure to active your glutes and lower body too during planks. Also be sure to distribute weight evenly throughout your upper and lower body.
Ways to share: Share a photo of you doing your plank, of your final time(s), tips for a others, or just a shout-out that you completed your plank! Use hashtag#AbsByApril!”
Written by: Run Like A Grl
Megan have done an awesome job putting this challenge together and there’s a bunch of bloggers/tweeps already signed up for it. If you feel like this could be something for you, sign up and join us in this fun challenge?!
I’m starting a little bit late, but here comes my starting point. A few months, or even weeks ago I would have had a totally different starting point. Moving stress, bad food and no running for weeks have made me.. Soft. But it’s ok, here we go!
Hopefully next time I post a photo I won’t feel as embarrassed?
So, with this said and done. Bring the challenge on! Come April, and maybe I’ll look a little bit different in April (with some hard work done, of course)?!