Sunday, September 26, 2010

Ms. Thunder Bumper's Challenge #1 Plank

I copied this from the first time we did it. We have a ton of new participants and most of us to too long of a hiatus this summer for I think it's time to work on those core muscles. Let's do it.

This challenge if you choose to accept it will carry over to our next session.

You will receive 10 points for each session for completing this task. Make sure you write down where you started so you can see how you improve.

I would like you to do a plank for as long as you can. Try holding it for one minute. If you can do that....try a side plank. If you don't know what that is, ask. After you time yourself on this keep working on it every other day or so until I ask you to test yourself again and see if your time has improved.

Holding the plank is a great core exercise. Here are two types of plank. Do the one that is best for you. If you need to you can always modify it further by putting your knees on the ground. Try working up to a regular plank.

SECOND- Can you do push-ups? How many can you do? You can try regular, bent knee, wall, bench. Just try to do them. Work on this and see how you can improve over the next few weeks. Push-ups are great for your shoulders, arms, back, and core!

Get to it Ladies! Cardio is great but if you're not using those muscles they won't be toned and ready for swimsuit season next season. Can't wait to hear how you do!


  1. Thanks, Audrey!! I've been thinking lately that I have been ignoring my strength training, and just doing cardio all the time. With the kids being back in school, I lost my teenage babysitters, so with three little ones and swim lessons after school, it's been really hard to get to the gym and enjoy all the variety I had during the summer. I needed a kick in the pants to try some different things at home. Thank you!

  2. So do you want us to post how many pushups and how long we did it? Or is that just something for us to keep track of? I'm excited to try these. Haven't done a plank since before I pregnant with the twins, I'm scared to see how bad I am now.

  3. Count me in Audrey, I accept your plank/push up challenge! Emily Sue you can do hard things, this is a good challenge for you to build upon each day. You go Becky, and yes you do need to do more than cardio.

  4. Emily, by all means you can post your results but you don't have to. You can keep them to yourself...and then time when we do a retest you can talk about your improvement! or both :-)