As part of pirate folklore, walking the plank is a form of torture and murder. Well, they got the torture part right!
Fitblog is holding a plank challenge in the coming weeks so I’ll be holding my own shaky plank as I challenge myself right along with them. This is a challenge I can really get into. Because my core and abs are still in desperate need of some attention. The kind of attention that comes from me, in the form of exercise. NOT the kind of attention that comes from someone looking at my waistline and thinking “she sooo should not wear a crop top.” No worries, no crop tops here. Or belly-button rings. But some firm abs – those I want! And a whittled middle. And no more muffin top. And an end to the belly bulge. No more Waisting Time… get it?
If you’ve been reading for a while you may remember that I had umbilical hernia surgery this past winter that required me to refrain from any core work for over two months. And while I have been back at it for a while now, there is lots of room for improvement. Both in my abs themselves and in my effort working on them.
I’ve read that planks are one of the best ab exercises in terms of overall effectiveness. They work well and they target the whole core. And to add to the reasons I should get down on the ground for this, Dr. Oz recommended them as a way to prevent hernias. Double bonus for me!
If you want to learn more about the challenge you can check it out here. I hope you’ll join in;
misery loves I’d love company. But I realize now, as I am finally getting ready to hit the publish button on this post that I started drafting weeks ago, that all my procrastinating means I missed almost half of the challenge period! Honestly… that wasn’t intentional avoidance. I just couldn’t decide what to set for specific goals so didn’t set any:( If I’d gotten started when I first heard about this I would have three weeks of planks under my (soon to be smaller) belt!
Okay… no more putzing around. Goals. Planks. First and foremost – to do them. I will commit to planks three days a week since I do a pretty decent core workout two days with my trainer; that leaves me two days off. I’ll start with a minimum of three planks of a minute each and add five seconds each day. I hope. I can feel my body beginning to shake just thinking about it!
A different blogger might end this post with some comment about the bikini she’d buy after all that core work. But I haven’t shown my torso to the world (and sun) since I was maybe a teen! And, planks or no planks, I sure don’t plan to start now.
What’s your favorite waist whittling workout? Bikini, one-piece, tankini, skirted-bottom, or “not putting on a swimsuit this summer at all”?