At first I wasn't sure about joining because planks can get boring, but the challenge was really fun. I learned a bunch of different kinds of planks and watching everyone in the group complete them really kept me motivated to keep up.
One of the new kinds of planks I tried was this one, called the crouching panther. I was surprised that this stationary plank could work my abs and quads so much! I really felt the burn.
I also really liked this one, which was also new to me. It's called the dolphin plank:
And of course, there were some I'm familiar with and really enjoy, like the spiderman plank. (You can do this one low or high.)
|You alternate sides and bring your knee in to touch your elbow, then return to starting position.
For each of the above planks, you complete two sets of 30-45 seconds. I chose to just do 1:30 straight through, which felt a little more challenging
I'm pretty skeptical of the whole "beach body coaching" thing because so many of my friends who become coaches end up shoving their product and program down our throats. It ends up feeling like a pyramid scheme. But Michelle simply lives by example and makes you want to join in her journey because she's so positive and motivating. (It's how she is in real life, too; what you see on her Insta or Facebook is truly her.)
It was nice to have this plank challenge to work on while I was taking time off from running for this foot issue. It kept me feeling motivated and strong even while resting. I plan to repeat the challenge on my own now that it's over.
Do you like to participate in group fitness challenges?
What plank variations do you like?