Planks, Planks and more Planks (4/6-4/12)

This week the daily 44 was all about trying new plank variations – fun times for sure!!!

Sunday 4/6 – 44 plank with opposite arm/leg reach and crunch.  This one took a LOT of balance but it was fun!!!

right arm/left leg
right arm/left leg

Of course, after I did one set of 44 I had to switch sides and do another set.

left arm/right leg
left arm/right leg

Not gonna lie, this move was a challenge!!!

And, Sunday was Hunter’s first long run for his half marathon training.  It was 50 minutes.  We did a 4 minute run and 1 minute walk (we will probably do this for at least a month on the long runs since he had never run over 3 miles before starting this!).  

4.78 miles total

Monday 4/7 – 44 plank with feet on wobble balls, alternate step offs.  (right foot off – right foot on, left foot off – left foot on = 1 rep)

ready
ready
right foot off
right foot off

Back to plank with both feet on.

left foot off
left foot off

I liked this plank move but it was a long time to hold plank!!!

Run – 8 miles (63:50) + 1.25 easy miles

Tuesday 4/8 – 44 side plank with rotation (elbow to ground)

ready
ready
down
down

And, you know that I can’t be lopsided so I had another set of 44.

ready
ready
twist
twist

This move was hard – sometimes I think that holding plank on the elbow is just as hard as holding it on your hand!!!

Another day, another run!  7 miles (54:04) + 0.5 miles easy

Wednesday 4/9 – 44 rocking planks with hands on foam roller (my favorite move of the week!).

foam roller of the day
foam roller of the day
ready
ready
forward
forward

This one must have been easier than some of the other options of the week because I really enjoyed it!!!

The morning workout was all about Turbo Fire.  I did Upper 20, Lower 20 and Core 20 for a nice hour that worked my entire body using bands!!!

Red band - upper and core Green band - lower
Red band – upper and core
Green band – lower

Wednesday afternoon we went on a family run.  Hunter and I had 35 minutes on tap and Chris and Jordan tagged along for some of the run.

35 minutes – 3.5 miles

Thursday 4/10  44 corkscrew planks.  This move I got from Nellie (Brooklyn Active Mama) and it was HARD!!!  Basically from the plank position, you twist your body so that your right arm goes underneath you and you drop your hips.  When you return to plank, lift your right leg.

right side
right side

After suffering through completing all the reps on one side, switch sides and let the fun begin again!

to the left
to the left

I struggled a lot to finish but I made it through all of the reps – thankfully!

Then I ran 11 miles – (86:52) + 0.5 easy miles.

Friday 4/11  44 plank with moving dumbbell.  This is a move that Monique (Burpees to Bubbly) had as part of a 3-2-1 workout the other day!  

Basically, you start in plank with a dumbbell outside of your right hand (I used 12 pounds).  With your right hand, move the DB between your hands (return to plank).  Take your left hand and move the DB outside of your left hand (return to plank).  Reverse the move to complete 1 rep.  

Trying to keep the rest of my body still was HARD!!!  

The workout was fun – Turbo Jam – Turbo Sculpt.  This workout is a fun way to get in some toning with Chalean.  She suggested 3-5 pound dumbbells for females but I went with 8s – it was a challenge!!!

And, after school, Hunter and I (Jordan joined us for about half) had another run!  This was supposed to be a 30 minute run.  We ended up running faster than we have been.

3.37 miles in 28:26 (8:26 pace).  We picked up the pace every mile – hooray for Hunter!!!

Saturday 4/12  44 pike planks on the stability ball.  So, maybe these were the hardest move of the week -not sure but they were definitely challenging!!!

ready
ready
up
up

Lots of wobbling to complete 44 reps of this move!

And, another day of running (I’m on a major streak right now!!) – 7 miles in 47:51 + 0.65 easy miles.

I’m loving the extra running with Hunter right now – good for preparing for my big race that is 4 weeks from today!!!

Total miles for the week – 43.87 + 3.68 easy one = 47.55

Do you like planks?  Do you have some new variations I need to try?

Happy Saturday!!

Kim

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