Posts

Melts Fat and Tones Your Muscles: Try the 28 Days Planking Challenge


What if you could totally transform your body in just four minutes? You probably think that it sounds too good to be true. However, with the 28-day Plank Challenge you will see results by slowly training your body for endurance and strength. While it’s not exactly a quick fix, it is a slow progression toward amazing results.

Want to learn more about this challenge and what it does for your body? Read on to see what you can do for your body in just under a month.

The Challenge

The Plank Challenge must be completed in four weeks. At first, you simply start out in the plank position for 20 seconds. The most important thing in doing the plank is being in the right position. You need to keep your body in a straight line if you want to see results. Take deep breaths while you’re doing the plank and focus on keeping your body straight.

Easy, right? Slowly, you build up your stamina until you are planking for four minutes during the final days.


 

Follow this plan:

Day 1 – 20 seconds
Day 2 – 20 seconds
Day 3 – 30 seconds
Day 4 – 30 seconds
Day 5 – 40 seconds
Day 6 – Rest
Day 7 – 45 seconds
Day 8 – 45 seconds
Day 9 – 60 seconds
Day 10 – 60 seconds
Day 11 – 60 seconds
Day 12 – 90 seconds
Day 13 – Rest
Day 14 – 90 seconds
Day 15 – 90 seconds
Day 16 – 120 seconds
Day 17 – 120 seconds
Day 18 – 150 seconds
Day 19 – Rest
Day 20 – 150 seconds
Day 21 – 150 seconds
Day 22 – 180 seconds
Day 23 – 180 seconds
Day 24 – 210 seconds
Day 25 – Rest
Day 26 – 210 seconds
Day 27 – 240 seconds
Day 28 – Until failure

How to Properly Plank

The key to getting great results comes down to perfecting the proper planking position. According to an article from Physical Living, this is how to do it:

1. Make sure that your arms are positioned correctly. Elbows should be directly under the shoulders to ensure proper weight distribution.
2. The spine should remain straight. Avoid rounding out your spine and putting unnecessary pressure on your neck and back.
3. Make sure to tighten your core so that it benefits from the exercise.
4. Keep your legs slightly spread. Pay attention to how your hips feel during the exercise. There should be no added pressure to the hip area. Adjust the distance between your feet as needed.
5. Your breathing should be slow and deliberate so that your core is fully engaged and your body is relaxed.