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  1. Melinda
    Dec 27 - 7:31 pm

    totally doing this.

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  2. Ely
    Dec 27 - 7:35 pm

    How many reps per day?

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  3. Tanya
    Dec 27 - 8:42 pm

    Day 1-done

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  4. Courtney Clendenin
    Dec 27 - 9:57 pm

    Done

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  5. laura
    Dec 28 - 8:09 am

    Ack! Right now 20 seconds seems like a lot! Giving it a go!

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  6. Bonnie
    Dec 28 - 8:54 am

    Done!

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  7. Shirley
    Dec 28 - 12:57 pm

    Day 1 done! I think I can do this :)

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  8. Leslie
    Dec 28 - 1:25 pm

    PLEASE research how BAD planks are for people who have something called a DIASTASIS RECTI. It’s a separation in your transverse core muscle. PLANKS MAKE IT WORSE. I personally found out I had a DR AFTER starting a “plank a day” challenge. While running 6-8 miles every other day, I started doing a plank a day….I’ve always been able to hold about 2 minutes. Well, I got up to well over two minutes and noticed my belly poking out more….like I had gained weight when I really hadn’t. I started researching why this might be happening and found out about DR through a very knowledgeable woman named Beth Learn – http://www.fit2b.us – I found that my CORE was separated (very common for women who have had children – but not something that HAS TO HAPPEN or HAS TO STAY UNHEALED). I learned that exercises like PLANKS AND CRUNCHES make a DR worse. I have not done either for about 9 months and have HEALED MY CORE. And, in the process, I’ve found that I am overall stronger!! And I was pretty strong to begin with!! Please look into this before you begin any fitness routine……and ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE prescribing a fitness routine to people. You. Need. To. Know. About. Diastasis. Recti!! Thanks!!

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  9. Rosemarie
    Dec 28 - 6:25 pm

    I’m in!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  10. Jaymie
    Dec 29 - 2:26 am

    I’ll give it a go

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  11. Angela clarke
    Dec 29 - 5:28 am

    Done!

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  12. Suzanne Cronin
    Dec 29 - 5:46 am

    I’m in!

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  13. Glo
    Dec 29 - 5:48 am

    Done. Love it

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  14. Michael AuCoin
    Dec 29 - 5:51 am

    What the hell…. Let’s do this thing…

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  15. Sheila
    Dec 29 - 8:11 am

    Day one – done

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  16. Debbie
    Dec 29 - 10:57 am

    I want to do this…I will do this!

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  17. Susan
    Dec 29 - 1:25 pm

    Done

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  18. Nancy
    Dec 29 - 4:20 pm

    Count me in !

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  19. Kelley
    Dec 29 - 5:25 pm

    Thanks for the mention Sandy! Happy New Year and happy planking to you and your family!

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  20. Tara
    Dec 29 - 7:26 pm

    Done! 1st 20 sec!!!

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  21. Sandy S
    Dec 29 - 7:42 pm

    Ely — only once/ day is all that’s needed!! BUT if you feel like going more, then go for it. but once/ day is all I’m doing. ;-)

    Leslie — GREAT point!!! ANYTIME anyone has fitness concerns; has a medical condition and is trying something new; feels pain or something abnormal when exercising, a doctor should ALWAYS be consulted first.

    Kelly, anytime and thanks!! Happy New Year to you and your family as well!!

    to the rest of you amazingly motivated plankers, I’M IN TOO!!! you guys have motivated me to give this another go round. ok, let me get mine in. an DO NOT get discouraged!!! the minutes may seem intimidating but you can do this!!! just chip away at the seconds as best you can!!! GO ATHLETA ATHLETES GO!!!! :-)

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  22. Sandy S
    Dec 29 - 7:44 pm

    DONE!!! (oh yeah, and DON’T HOLD YOUR BREATH while you plank!!!)

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  23. Leslie
    Dec 29 - 8:12 pm

    Sandy, I would be interested to know if you know about DR. It is very common among women and I would be willing to bet a LOT of ladies joining in on this challenge have a DR. This is not some off-the-wall problem. I’ve read your bio and it seems you have a lot of reach/readership. Would you consider delving in to DR and addressing it in a post/article?? I am seriously AMAZED at what I was ignorant about my CORE and proper alignment….not to mention what I’ve learned about pelvic floor health, too. So much stronger now!!

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  24. Carly
    Dec 29 - 9:26 pm

    I’m in! Posted that I was doing this on my blog to make me extra accountable. Eek. I want to do a 5 minute plank as badly as I wanted to do my first triathlon so this is pretty exciting, thanks!

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  25. MBJA
    Dec 29 - 9:34 pm

    Done #1

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  26. Meghan L
    Dec 30 - 10:26 am

    Deal me in!

    I’ve planked up to 3 minutes, so I’m underway, at least!

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  27. Krista
    Dec 30 - 4:11 pm

    Done – first time planking!

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  28. Sarah
    Dec 31 - 5:09 am

    Done. Even got one son to join in.

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  29. Rebecky
    Dec 31 - 9:02 am

    Today is day 4 for me – doing this with my kids and loving it. Thank you.

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  30. Linda Alexander
    Dec 31 - 9:10 am

    Looking forward to 2014 great way to get a jump start! Thanks for thinking up something challenging to get it started! Happy New Year!

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  31. Susan Willett
    Jan 01 - 12:16 pm

    I’m in! Day one is done!

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  32. Charlene
    Jan 01 - 1:10 pm

    DAY 1 DONE!

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  33. Monica
    Jan 01 - 3:17 pm

    Done!

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  34. LBK
    Jan 01 - 10:10 pm

    Day one DONE! Happy New Year!

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  35. Sandy S
    Jan 02 - 9:10 am

    Leslie, I do know about DR because I had it after my 2nd pregnancy. Ugh having it SUCKED! I had NO core strength because of my DR. I’m super curious to know how you were able to non-surgically repair yours. I tried almost everything I could think of but nothing worked, and I ended up correcting mine via surgery. I don’t feel professionally knowledgeable enough to write an article about DR as I would hate to do more harm that good. One of the 2013 featured athletes is a doctor so maybe she can address the issue.

    As far as you ladies taking on the challenge, WAY TO ROCK IT!!! Just remember when we’re well into this challenge: commitment means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do, long after the mood you said it in has left you. ;-)

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  36. Lisa
    Jan 02 - 10:20 am

    Day 4 done. It seems hard but I’m going to do this. Stronger than the first day though Happy Planking!!

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  37. Christine
    Jan 02 - 1:28 pm

    Doing it with my daughter and husband!

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  38. Sue Kent
    Jan 02 - 5:34 pm

    I am starting this also. Let’s see how my core shapes up!

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  39. Cindi
    Jan 03 - 9:39 am

    Day 2 Jan. 3 -Done; 30 secs day one, 1 minute day 2.

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  40. Beth
    Jan 04 - 9:18 am

    I’m in

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  41. Rhonda
    Jan 04 - 6:39 pm

    Day 1 done

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  42. Carrie H
    Jan 06 - 11:41 am

    Day 4 – done. Got my 10 yo to ‘play’ too!! :-)

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  43. Ilene
    Jan 07 - 4:54 am

    I just learned about this 30 day plank challenge and I am starting mine today. I can’t wait!

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  44. Olive
    Jan 07 - 7:34 am

    Just saw this and am in. Can’t imagine getting past a minute at this point!

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  45. Loren
    Jan 07 - 4:54 pm

    Wow!! Going to try this… I can not imagine 300 seconds.. but will follow day to day… Here is hoping!!

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  46. Loren
    Jan 07 - 4:55 pm

    Day One Done !!

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  47. jenny
    Jan 08 - 5:15 am

    Where do you do when you are done with the challenge? Do you start over, do you just keep doing the 5 minutes? Just curious where I go from there. Thanks!

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  48. Diane
    Jan 09 - 8:46 am

    Day 8 and so far, so good! I’m dreading Day 12 already. I’ve never held a plank longer than 60 seconds!

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  49. Bri
    Jan 09 - 7:36 pm

    I’m at 1:27 on day 3. Ha. Y’all are weak sauce

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  50. Trailmomma
    Jan 10 - 10:35 am

    You ladies are wonderful for taking on this challenge. It truly is a great exrecise (if done properly and you have no medical condtions i.e. DR).

    My family also did one of these once and it was a great bonding experience!

    Way to go ladies!!!

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  51. Sandy S
    Jan 10 - 11:09 am

    Jenny, once you’re done, you can start over — although after you knock out 5 min, i’m sure starting over will be like cake for you, and you’ll want more of a challenge. Haha put your newfound strong core to use and make some side money planking as a party coffee table! ;-) (kidding of course. Happy Planking!!)

    Bri, dang girl, way to BEAST it out. If this isn’t enough of a challenge for you, try upping the challenge factor by planking on the flatside of a Bosu ball; putting a weighted disc on your back while planking; or placing your feet against a wall and hold the plank. Many people have never planked before so these are new waters for them, and for the fact that they’re even willing to give it a go, i think they’re awesome sauce! But again, you obviously have a very strong core, so let’s really test that puppy! ;-)

    Trailmomma, i couldn’t agree more about how wonderful these ladies are!!! I second what you just wrote: WAY TO GO LADIES!!! :-)

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  52. Sharon
    Jan 12 - 9:05 pm

    Day 12 – failed to get to 90 seconds. Yesterday 60 was easy. Today 20 seconds was hard. Tomorrow is a new day, and a rest, and on Tuesday a new start at 60. I feel better for doing this – even my posture is improved. I won’t give up.

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  53. Sandy S
    Jan 12 - 9:09 pm

    Sharon, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your ‘I will not quit’ attitude; and I love you finding the positive in this challenge!!!! YES, tomorrow is a new day and if you didn’t get it, dust yourself off and give it another go. YOU CAN DO THIS!!! keep your back straight! don’t hold your breath. DISTRACT yourself! and JUUUUUUUST when you feel yourself about to give up, hear my voice saying “you’re almost there!!! just a few seconds longer. you’ve got this Sharon! you’ve got this.” :-)

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  54. Kate Weaver
    Jan 13 - 10:39 am

    Is this supposed to be a high plank or low plank? When you get into the longer time periods, is it ok to switch between the two? Or do you recommend holding the position?

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  55. Sandy S
    Jan 13 - 11:01 am

    Kate, i would recommend going for the low plank as that’s the one that will target more muscle groups and would be more beneficial. I would recommend holding the low plank vice switching between the two. if you’re brand spanking new to planking and this challenge seems intimidating, then make it a 60-day challenge. do the 1st 30 days in the high plank position, then for round 2, graduate to the low plank. Happy planking!!!

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  56. Elaine
    Jan 14 - 4:08 am

    Just started today. Day one done and much harder than expected. I’ll be back tomorrow!

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  57. Leeanne
    Jan 14 - 6:58 pm

    Just did day 14… Seem to be at my limit… Can’t even imagine 5 minutes right now but I’ll keep going and see…

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  58. esther
    Jan 15 - 7:20 pm

    Does having had a cesarean (in my case many years ago) having any statistical relationship to the ds issue? Just wondering…I’m starting tonite.And if wait loss ..take a look at the book the 17 day diet..the breakthrough edition…by Dr mike Moreno …Fabulous if nothing else it will make you healthier and happier..lol

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  59. Wendy
    Jan 15 - 7:55 pm

    I am on day 12, I don’t know if I am getting stronger or not, but I feel great for doing it, so I am continuing it… :)

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  60. Wendy
    Jan 15 - 7:57 pm

    Elaine, day 1 was the hardest for me, keep going!

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  61. Mikey M
    Jan 15 - 8:26 pm

    Just finished Day 12. It started to get hard near the end. Granted my left arm muscles are weak because of shoulder and elbow injuries. Looking forward to rest tomorrow. Can easily say 12 days ago I would never have made 90 seconds. This lets me feel like I am accplomplishing something. It’s a good thing my foot has finally started to get better.

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  62. Cherie
    Jan 17 - 8:12 am

    I just started! I could feel the 20 seconds–on my way to STRONG. Thanks!

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  63. kat
    Jan 23 - 11:25 am

    Just started today! I am too weak to have done the full 20seconds straight through but I won’t let that stop me! Great idea and thanks for sharing the plan!

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  64. Ginger
    Jan 23 - 5:35 pm

    I am a day behind, but on day #22 and at 3 minutes. It is harder than I thought, but I love everyone’s stories.They are encouraging me!

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  65. Sandy S
    Jan 23 - 7:13 pm

    Ginger, welcome to the planking club!! I too LOVE everyone’s stories, and I love the fact that they serve as encouragement for you. Mikey, you are MOST DEFINITELY accomplishing something!! make sure you listen to your body, but in the meantime, way to go to you, and ALL of you awesome plankers out there!!! KEEP IT UP and feel your body getting stronger!!!! :-D

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  66. Sara Jane
    Jan 28 - 1:20 am

    Hi all – first off good luck!!
    I did a challenge like this a couple months back and it was great.
    I just wanted to add, that not everyone can/should work up to the 5 min mark. I am a pretty fit person – years of yoga mixed with weight training and cycling – and I have never been able to make it past 180 seconds. I started reading up on planks to figure out what I was doing wrong, why I couldn’t get further, etc. There are HUGE benefits to having a strong core, no doubt! There can also be diminishing returns for something like planks. Do it and make sure you keep great form, but if you find that other joints start hurting or you start falling backwards, move on to another core exercise and know that there are lots of ways to get a great core.

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  67. Chelsea
    Jan 31 - 6:53 am

    Hi, I just started this challenge this week. I’m really looking forward to working up and improving my core strength. I’m only on day 4, and already I’m nervous about the upcoming weeks! If 30 seconds is already challenging, is it ok to repeat week 2 if that’s really challenging? I just can’t imagine making some of those big jumps (e.g. from 60 seconds to 90 or from 90 seconds to 120) so quickly.

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  68. Mandy
    Feb 01 - 2:54 pm

    Done!!!!

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  69. Griff
    Feb 08 - 10:33 pm

    I have been doing P90X for about 5 years so I thought I would see how long I could hold a plank. After 3 minutes I had enough. This more difficult than I thought. I will try to continue from day 23.

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  70. Max
    Apr 10 - 9:25 am

    Hi, I just started (day 4) and I saw one site that says you do 3 reps each day with 10 seconds in between. Is that right or you just need to do one time? Thanks for your blog!

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  71. Team Athleta
    Apr 14 - 12:59 pm

    Hi Max,
    We did 30 seconds straight. But do whatever feels best for you!
    -Jennifer

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