Start 2021 With This New Year’s Fitness Challenge

The New-year often brings on a slew of 5-minute plank challenges, but this year it’s time for something different. This year’s plank challenge, described below, delivers more fun and more benefit than you would possibly have thought possible from the ever-present plank exercise.

Our Plank Addiction
As often happens when something gets popular, the plank became wildly popular then it became overused. Case in point: the planet record for a static plank now stands at quite 10 hours.

To be clear, the plank may be a wonderfully beneficial exercise. It develops core strength combined with full-body stability. It also teaches us to coordinate that stability across multiple joints simultaneously. But the advantage of planks becomes its biggest problem when overused. There is no movement.

Stuck in Plank Mode-
Life is movement, not the absence of it. An exceptional ability not to move doesn’t serve us well once we get to move.

The ability to make and maintain a static plank for an inexpensive amount of your time (20-30 seconds) may be a fundamental ability, even as learning the alphabet is prime to communicate. If all we do is hold our static plank for extended amounts of our time, it’s like practicing the alphabet over and over, and never using the letters to create words and sentences.

Turning, “Plank” Into an Action Verb
The entire reason we should always do a plank is to be ready to move more effectively. Thereupon in mind, this challenge does just that—get you occupied with a plank—while also presenting a progressive challenge to inspire and motivate you throughout January to repeatedly enjoy the sensation of continuous improvement from your consistent effort.

The challenge also incorporates your telephone, which suggests you ought to be ready to roll in the hay almost anywhere, anytime since we always have our phones with us.

The Challenge –

The Exercise: Plank with Behind-the-Back Pass
Assume an elbow plank position, with feet slightly wider than normal.
Hold your telephone (or other similar objects) in one hand, pass it around and place it on your low back.
Return that elbow to the ground then lift the opposite arm to retrieve your telephone from your low back.
Return that elbow to the ground, and now repeat the movement within the other way.
Each time your cellphone returns to the ground in your hand that’s one rep (regardless of direction).

The Schedule:
This challenge is meant to run for 30 days. For the primary five days, you’ll perform the exercise a day for five reps. For the next five days, perform the exercise daily, adding five more reps for a complete of 10. Every five days, add five more reps.

Days 1-5: 5 reps
Days 6-10: 10 reps
Days 11-15: 15 reps
Days 16-20: 20 reps
Days 21-25: 25 reps
Days 26-30: 30 reps

If you miss each day, just devour where you left off. Twenty-nine, 28, or 27 days of doing this challenge will do wonders for your ability to take care of core stability while moving your arms. We make progress in fitness through persistent performance, not perfect performance.

Performance Tips –

For this plank, the feet are positioned wider than during a normal elbow plank because lifting one arm off the ground creates significant asymmetrical challenge and instability in your upper body, so we’d like to possess more stability elsewhere. You’ll adjust the spacing of your feet during the challenge if you wish, keeping in mind that the closer your feet are to every other, the harder the exercise is going to be to perform well.

Move slowly. In preparing to lift one arm, shift most of your weight to the opposite arm first to make a sense that the opposite arm can, “float” off the ground.

Putting something on your low back discourages lifting or rotating the hips, which are two of the foremost common technique flaws during a plank. This encourages awareness of excellent technique while simultaneously supplying you with the motivation to perform well and feedback on how well you’re doing. For instance, if your phone is slumping to the side, you’re getting excessive hip rotation. If it’s sliding up your back toward your head, you’re getting excessive hip elevation.