Happy Planksgiving!  30 Days of Thanks and Planks

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It’s Thanksgiving!  What a great time to give gratitude for family, friends, colleagues, and a support system that is absolutely crucial to keeping us upright…our core! Be sure to check out the plank modifications and challenges below to create a challenge that works for you.

Young man and woman doing planks in a park with a group exercise class.

My aerobics instructor shared that she was doing a Planksgiving Challenge…30 days of thanks and planks.  Just to be team players, several of us offered to join her about a third of the way through the challenge.   On day 1, you begin with holding a plank for 1 minute and incrementally work up to 5 minutes.  I have been choosing the forearm plank, but everyone chooses the plank position that works best on an individual basis.

I have to say that the idea of holding a plank for 5 minutes is daunting, but we have gradually worked up to 3 minutes so far and while I am not comfortable by the end, it is not as bad as I thought that it would be.  Doing it with the support of others and an upbeat song that lasts about the duration of that day’s plank is key!!

The challenge that we are doing is adapted from ilovekickboxing.com; however, I googled “Planksgiving Challenge” and about 564,000 results came up, so apparently there are many out there who are giving thanks to their abs.

Our Planksgiving 30-day Challenge*

  • Please adapt this challenge to meet your personal fitness goals and abilities. This may mean that you need to adjust the times and/or modify the plank form. For example, if you try 1 minute and only get to 30 seconds, half all of the times in the chart below, and give that a shot working toward 2.5 minutes by day 30.
  • Plank Form Resources:
  • Plank Modifications
  • Plank Challenges
    • Try a plank march, alternating the arm you begin with.
    • Raise and lower one leg at a time while maintaining your plank position.
    • 5 Plank Variations
  • Disclaimer: Individuals should seek medical evaluation and clearance from a doctor before beginning any exercise regimen. All activities should be carried out at a pace and intensity that is comfortable for the individual.
Day 1 – 1 minDay 11 – RestDay 21 – 3 min, 15 sec
Day 2 – 1 min, 15 secDay 12 – 2 min, 30 secDay 22 – 3 min, 30 sec
Day 3 – 1 min, 30 secDay 13 – 2 min, 45 secDay 23 – Rest
Day 4 – 1 min, 45 secDay 14 – 2 min, 45 secDay 24 – Rest
Day 5 – RestDay 15 – 3 minDay 25 – 3 min, 30 sec
Day 6 – 1 min, 45 secDay 16 – RestDay 26 – 4 min, 15 sec
Day 7 – 2 minDay 17 – 3 minDay 27 – 4 min, 30 sec
Day 8 – 2 minDay 18 – 3 minDay 28 – 4 min, 45 sec
Day 9 – 2 min, 15 secDay 19 – 3 min, 15 secDay 29 – Rest
Day 10 – 2 min, 15 secDay 20 – 3 min, 15 secDay 30 – 5 min

Happy Planksgiving!

*adapted from ilovekickboxing.com

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2 thoughts on “Happy Planksgiving!  30 Days of Thanks and Planks

    1. Hi Judy, please discuss any new exercise plans with your doctor, as it depends on your current physical state and everyone is different. Your doctor will be able to advise you, but it is always possible to modify the exercises and do the plank on your knees or against a wall. In addition, you can sub-out the planks for a different exercise you are more comfortable with. Thank you!

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