So I was browsing Pinterest and I saw a bunch of plank challenges on the site and I thought to myself, if I did planks for 30-days, will it give me abs? Or at least make my core stronger? And will I be able to plank for 5 minutes?
The 30-Day Plank Challenge
Below is the challenge I followed. Day 1 started with 30 seconds and buy day 30 it ended with a 5 minute plank.
Feel free to download if you’d like to try it out! 😄 If you’re doing the challenge, please tag me on Instagram @prettysweatblog so that I can help motivate you on your journey!
When Did I Start
I started my 30-day plank challenge on 30 April 2020 and stopped on 29 May 2020.
My Stomach Before the 30-Day Plank Challenge
My First 1 Minute Plank
After doing the plank challenge for seven days, I finally did my first 1 minute plank on the 6th of May! It was so freaking hard!
Thereafter, on Day 10 of the challenge I had to do another one minute plank and honestly, it felt so much easier it’s insane. Don’t get me wrong, I was still suffering but I didn’t want to cry this time.
My Stomach After 2 Weeks
After two weeks I only lost 1 cm around my waist but my hips remained the same.
I thought by now I’d feel a little bit stronger but unfortunately, I don’t.
After two weeks I can just about reach a minute and 30 seconds. So far I don’t believe I will progress enough to be able to do a 5 minute plank after 30 days, but we’ll see!
After 3 Weeks
So after 3 weeks of doing the plank challenge, I could hold a plank for 2 minutes! BUT, I achieved this by not remaining in the forearm plank for 2 minutes straight. Instead, I did the following:
- Forearm plank – 30 seconds
- Straight arm plank – 30 seconds
- Side plank left – 15 seconds
- Side plank right – 15 seconds
- The last 30 seconds I alternated between the plank variations above to remain in the air until the time has passed.
If you never planked before or you don’t think planking is a workout on its own, WRONG! I was sweating so much and my heart was racing. So for a good workout, just do planks, I DARE YOU!
30-Day Plank Challenge Results
- I lost 1 cm around my waist
- I lost 0 cm around my hips – Although I didn’t lose centimetres around my hips, in the photos I notice a small difference. My hips look less round.
- I can only plank for a minute (barely) and some days I could just plank for 30 seconds if I was tired.
In the end, my results or the lack there of made me feel like I didn’t accomplish anything. However, I decided not to focus on my stomach’s appearance and instead decided to focus on how I felt. I felt a bit stronger in my arms after every week and when I did other core exercises they felt a tiny bit easier.
Is it Possible to Progress to a 5-Minute Plank in 30 Days?
In conclusion, I don’t think it’s possible to progress that quickly with planks to be able to reach 5 minutes after a month… Perhaps if you really focus on it, it might be different.
Just a side note, I’m not strong in my upper body so this challenge was really hectic for me. This first week or two it felt like I was progressing in the plank but by week 3 I felt like I wasn’t getting anywhere.
However, after doing this plank challenge I’m officially gatvol (for the English people read “fed up”) and I don’t want to plank again for a while. LOL This challenge really took it out of me. Some days I had to force myself to just do one 1 minute plank at least.