Tuesday, January 21, 2014

30 Day Ab Challenge

Right now I am participating in a 140.6 Iron Distance Challenge, actually I am the co-host! Right before we started the challenge for the month, I suggested adding a two day a week strength/core component to the challenge.

Until today, I had done ZERO strength/core days.

I'm not really sure what happened this winter, because normally we are pretty good about mixing things up and doing strength workouts during the off-season. I guess part of the problem is that even though it is still technically our off-season, we are training almost like it isn't which puts strength training on the back burner.

My wonderful friend, Andy, came to the rescue though! He mocked my apparent lack of strength/core workouts enough that I searched for a quick core/ab workout and I found this Active 30 Day Challenge. I liked the idea of a 30 Day Challenge because it really does take more than a few days to develop a habit (though 30 days isn't always enough), plus the workouts in this challenge are quick enough that it doesn't require a lot of time. And now that I am back to work, that is a bonus!

 Don't mind the huge shoe pile...

I did take "before" photos, only to see if this does actually make a difference. That said, I don't think that there is anything wrong with how I look now, and that isn't even why I do triathlon. I didn't take any measurements because we don't have a tape measure and I'm not really one to care about numbers. As long as I feel good, that's all that matters!

I have no idea how to take a screenshot with a droid, I'm sure you need an app!

The challenge wanted you to time the first day to see how long it took you to do the 100 reps (5 different moves/20 reps each) but I didn't really time it. It probably took me less than 10 minutes total, though. I did time the plank at the end and I got 1 minute and 15 seconds. Not bad for slacking on core work lately!

Now, I just have to stick with this for 30 days!

15 comments:

  1. I'm printing off those photo and hanging it all my wall. You so sexy. (I'm so creepy)

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    1. HAHAHAHA! Have you eaten or is the runger talking? ;)

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    2. I'm rungry for you! Yea, I think I need my 4th meal now....

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  2. wow HOTTIE!!! I've never seen you show yourself...I showed Colin I was so excited (in a non-lesbian way....not that there's anything wrong with that) ;)

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    1. Haha between you and Crystal, I have laughed at each comment so far!! ;)

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    2. Ali and I are swooning over you. You are rethinking showing off your rocking bod because of weirdos like us.

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  3. Ohhhh can't wait to see how it turns out...and I can't really live up to the other two comments ;)

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  4. Ok these comments are hilarious. Enjoy the challenge!

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    1. Haha, that's why I love my friends!

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  5. What an awesome idea. You already look fabulous, but I am sure it will be fun to see the difference in a month!

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  6. I feel like after the previous comments if i don't hit on you there is no point in even mentioning anything - so...
    Are you from Tennessee?
    Because you're the only 10 I see!

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  7. I look forward to hearing about how this works for you! I also have a really weak core, which limits me in CrossFit in a big way.

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  8. *Sigh* corework. It's definitely my least favorite activity of all time (in terms of running, strength training, etc.), which means I *need* to do it. Luckily, my team has been doing ab exercises twice a week so I can't slack off. ;)

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