The burpee challenge proved YOU have the guts and mindset to challenge yourself and discover your potential.
Still, we also need to be wise with our bodies if we are going to build feats of strength, determination and unwavering confidence.
So, we are going to plank it out for January.
It’s not as arduous or sexy as burpees, but relevant for future…sexy and arduous movements!
Before I start encouraging you to do practice all sorts of pull ups and push ups, you want your core to be strong and stable. It will help you generate more force in the movement and keep you safe.
Here’s a quick 101: Planks work your entire middle and force you to brace your abs, obliques, and lower back, strengthening muscles that help injury prevention and encourage proper form to let your limbs generate power with a stable base when lifting or doing anything athletic.
Plank how, you ask?
A basic plank is your body in a push up position, with elbows bent and forearms on the floor.
My favorite cue is to imagine as somebody was about to punch you in the core and you need to clench. Maintain this contraction, but also tense up the rest of your body (squeezing butt and quads). This helps you generate more strength, and works the abs even more. You can have a partner attempt to “knock you over” by pushing you softly on your sides to understand how it feels.
Don’t forget to breathe!
Keep entire body parallel to the floor. Showing off the booty is best saved for other occasions.
Throughout the challenge, we’re going to keep it lit with plank variations (have you heard of wall walks? Iron cross planks? Pylo planks? Yeah, you’re in for a treat), plank for time challenges and creative attempts to keep your workouts exciting.