The One Tough Mother Runner #PlanksALot Challenge started on January 7, and we have over 60 “Planksters” participating in this challenge. Although this is a challenge designed for beginners, we definitely have a few planking “masters” in our group as well.
Many are checking in via Twitter with the #PlanksALot hashtag. Those who do are getting lots of encouragement from the other Planksters. We also have some who are checking in via email. Overall, we’re all getting firmer abs, and we’re developing friendships with good people. What could be better?
This Is Why We Plank
After only a few days of doing planks, I’ve discovered a noticeable difference in my abs. They are tighter, and I feel much stronger in my core. Looking at the image above, I can see why planks are so effective. They are working a lot of muscle groups! Here’s a list of the key benefits of doing planks.
1. Works your upper abs, your lower abs, your obliques, and your lower back.
2. Builds the stabilizer muscles.
3. Builds strength for pushups.
4. Promotes good posture and helps prevent back injuries.
5. Teaches your abs to stay contracted in a regular standing position.
If you’d like to join the One Tough Mother Runner #PlanksALot Challenge, we welcome you! Just send an email to me at OneToughMotherRunner@gmail.com with your name, Twitter name (if you are on twitter), and the URL of your blog. I’ll get right back to you with the details.
We have some really fantastic friends doing the #PlanksALot challenge! Below is a list of the participants who have blogs.
Alex at Alex Tries It Out: http://alextriesitout.com
Amanda at My Life As a Canadian Runner Girl …: http://amcconn.blogspot.com
Beth at Look At Me, I’m Another Blogger: http://bethymcar.blogspot.com
Leilan at @BgKahuna: The Court Jester of All Social Meida: http://bgkahuna.com/
Cherie at Cherie’s Idle Chatter: http://cherisidlechatter.blogspot.com
Jen at Diaper Derby Adventures: http://diaperderby.blogspot.com
Marc at Dr. Marctagon: http://drmarctagon.com
Evelin at EvelinRuns: http://evelinruns.wordpress.com
Genea at Fashion Junkey: http://fashionjunkey.wordpress.com/
Stephanie at Fit Chick: http://fitchicksf.blogspot.com
Francine at From Fran to Flash: http://Fromfrantoflash.wordpress.com
GiGi at Gettin’ X Fit: http://gettinxfit.blogspot.com
Sheila at Healthy Extensions: http://healthyextensions.com
Mary from In My Head Space Now: http://inmyheadspacenow.blogspot.com
Elie from Amuse-Bouche: A Study of Life’s Little Things: http://lellysmusings.blogspot.com
Mandi from Veggiesaurus: http://mandibears.wordpress.com
Melanie from Marathon Melanie: http://marathonmelanie.blogspot.com
Monica from Melting Momica: http://MeltingMomica.com
Shelley from My Journey To Fit: http://myjourneytofit.com
Charlene from One Foot Here, One Foot There: http://onefootthere.wordpress.com/
Tanisha from Team In Training: http://pages.teamintraining.org/vtnt/wdw13/tntrule
Rachel from Restoring Rachel: http://restoringrachel.blogspot.com
Ms. S. from Run It Off: Rant. Run. Write. Repeat.: http://runitoffinstead.wordpress.com
Spencer from I Don’t Know What I’m Doing: http://spencersokol.com
Stacy from The Novice Runner: http://stacywash.tumblr.com
Tanya from All In Stride: http://tanyasylvan.com
Joanne from The Skype Reading Tutor: http://www.facebook.com/Joanne.Kaminski.50
Trisha from Shape Changers: http://www.facebook.com/shapechangers
Julie from Jambearies: http://www.jambearies.com
Morganne from The Nut Butter Runner: http://www.nutbutterrunner.tumblr.com
Tina from Tinisima: http://www.tinisima.com
(We have many others who are participating through email and Twitter who are not listed here.)
And just one more Shout Out! Our Plankster friend, Rennie, had her family do some planks before they had King Cake the other night! Check this out!
A phenomenal group of Planksters! Thanks to all of you for actively participating!
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