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!