Since I have been attending Helen Turrell’s BodyHIIT45 on a Saturday morning I have found myself feeling fitter and slimmer! But I find myself needing to keep the momentum going during the week.
Because I work I simply do not have the energy before or after to go to any other classes (I was trying yoga every Wednesday and the commute beat the yoga alas). So I’ve decided to integrate small challenges on week days to focus on certain parts of my body I need to strengthen.
My biggest area I need to strengthen at the moment is my core, so incorporating Helen’s BodyHit philosophy of 20 seconds of intensity and 10 seconds rest, here is my plank challenge to myself.
Day 1 1 x 20 sec
Day 2 2 x 20 sec
Day 3 2 x 20 sec
Day 4 3 x 20 sec
Day 5 3 x 20 sec
Day 6 4 x 20 sec
Day 7 Rest
Day 8 4 x 20 sec + 1 x 20 sec plank jacks
Day 9 4 x 20 sec + 2 x 20 sec plank jacks
Day 10 4 x 20 sec + 2 x 20 sec plank jacks
Day 11 4 x 20 sec + 3 x 20 sec plank jacks
Day 12 4 x 20 sec + 3 x 20 sec plank jacks
Day 13 4 x 20 sec + 4 x 20 sec plank jacks
Day 14 Rest
I plank with arms rested on elbows, bum straight with my back and legs and focus all my attention on stomach and tops of legs to deliver strength to my body. (See the picture below of Helen planking)
Plank jacks use the same pose on elbows, BUT you jump your feet apart just like you would if doing a standing star jump. Keep doings these for the full 20 seconds.
In between each 20 sec plank or plank jack is a 10 second rest.
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