Happy Planksgiving!  30 days of Thanks and Planks


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!

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 of 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; 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* (feel free to adapt to your own personal fitness goals):

Day 1 – 1 min Day 11 – Rest Day 21 – 3 min, 15 sec
Day 2 – 1 min, 15 sec Day 12 – 2 min, 30 sec Day 22 – 3 min, 30 sec
Day 3 – 1 min, 30 sec Day 13 – 2 min, 45 sec Day 23 – Rest
Day 4 – 1 min, 45 sec Day 14 – 2 min, 45 sec Day 24 – Rest
Day 5 – Rest Day 15 – 3 min Day 25 – 3 min, 30 sec
Day 6 – 1 min, 45 sec Day 16 – Rest Day 26 – 4 min, 15 sec
Day 7 – 2 min Day 17 – 3 min Day 27 – 4 min, 30 sec
Day 8 – 2 min Day 18 – 3 min Day 28 – 4 min, 45 sec
Day 9 – 2 min, 15 sec Day 19 – 3 min, 15 sec Day 29 – Rest
Day 10 – 2 min, 15 sec Day 20 – 3 min, 15 sec Day 30 – 5 min


Happy Planksgiving!



*adapted from

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2 comments on “Happy Planksgiving!  30 days of Thanks and Planks

    • Madi Johnson, MA on

      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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