Thursday, January 30, 2014

New Challenge - The Tank Top Challenge!

Today is the last day of our Squat/Crunch/Plank challenge, so it's time for us to start another one!   Congratulations to those who stuck with it and made it to 150!  150 Squats, Crunches and a 150 Second Plank!  I NEVER would have thought I could do it!

This time we'll be working on maintaining the strength in our abs (we did work awfully hard to get our strength up), but we'll be adding more arm work in order to get our arms in shape for tank top season!  I, for one, can't wait to see the changes as I'm addicted to tank tops and would love to have some beautiful guns to show off while wearing them. ;)

So, without further ado, here is our new challenge!
(Please note:  I borrow all of my challenges from other websites so be sure to check out the websites I get them from and give them the credit for the changes we're making!)

The Tank Top Challenge!

It's a 30 day challenge, so we will be starting Saturday, Feb 1st and completing the challenge on March 2nd.

As you can see, each day we will be doing 2 sets of the numbers listed (day 1, 2 sets of 5 push ups, 15 second planks, and 5 chair dips, and so on).  Once we reach day 16 and on, we will be doing 3 sets of each.  Looks easy?!?  Yeah, so did the squat, crunch, plank challenge. ;) 

BUT, I'm not leaving it alone with just this challenge.  We'll also be adding Burpees into the mix.  So, as well as completing your 2 or 3 sets from the chart above, Burpees will be completed to the number based on the chart below.

And look, I even found two challenges that have rest days on the same day!!  Yay!!!

So, now, the disclaimer:  Please check with a professional before performing these challenges.  If you feel any pain or discomfort, do not continue.  Be sure to check your form for every exercise and check back with this blog regularly to ensure you are still doing the exercises correctly.  

Last but not least, have fun, encourage one another and don't give up!  Even if you miss a day or can't do the full amount, do what you can!  Anything is better than nothing!!! 

Proper form for each of the exercises:

Push ups with or without knees down:

Proper plank (if you did the former challenge, you should be familiar with this one):

Proper chair dip form (start with knees bent and if you can, work towards straightening legs more):

And last but not least, the burpee: 

Drink plenty of water, breathe and have fun!!!  You're doing something great for your body!

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