Time sure flies when you are having fun and by fun I mean the #Fitblog Planks Challenge. We are already in week four of the challenge and the end is quickly approaching. This week I was able to hold the plank for 2 minutes and 13 seconds, 17 seconds longer than last week and only 47 seconds from my goal of 3 minutes. My husband held his plank for 1 minute 18 seconds, 8 seconds longer than last week and only 42 seconds from his goal of 2 minutes. We are moving right along at a great pace and I have no doubts that we will both reach our goals by the end of the challenge.
This week’s topic is alternate workouts. Just because this is a planks challenge does not mean that you neglect every other type of exercise in favor of the plank. Of course planks should be a part of your program but they are not the only exercise that strengthens the core. A well rounded program with different exercises geared at strengthening not only the core but the whole body will give you more strength overall, help you to increase your ability to hold the plank longer and to meet whatever goal you have chosen for this or any other challenge.
I have personally been following the Supreme 90 Day workouts during this challenge and in addition to the many planks that are included in the core work there are also bicycle crunches, v-ups, crunches on the ball, seated side twists and much more that have helped strengthen my core. The Supreme 90 Day workouts work the core during every DVD plus they work rest of the body too, it’s a fantastic program to challenge and strengthen every muscle.
Alternate exercises are also great when you have an injury, which unfortunately happens to me more often than I’d like to admit. After I injured my knee I had to stop running and I used the recumbent bike as an alternate exercise. I did eventually have to stop all activities and exercises that involved my knee so I focused on my core and upper body, allowing my lower body to rest. By using alternate exercises during an injury you can remain conditioned while allowing your injury to heal.
After resting my knee completely for about 9 days I was ready to put it to the test yesterday. I started my day with the Supreme 90 Day total body DVD which included squats, lunges, deadlifts plus plyometric movements and my knee remained pain free throughout the workout. I also tackled a 2 mile run with Chris last night and again no pain at all. Today I am still pain free, so I have decided to cancel my orthopedist appointment because without the pain I really have no reason to sit in a Doctor’s office for 2-3 hours waiting for him to tell me nothing is wrong. If the pain returns I will be promptly making a new appointment.
This week I plan to resume the Supreme 90 Day Workout system where I left off when I stopped it due to my knee (week 4) and I also plan to slowly ease back into running, the last thing I want to do is develop another injury so the slower the better. I need to get back into the sing of things and I need to break in my new orthotics so I think 10-12 easy miles this week will suffice. Wish me luck.
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