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30 Day Challenge To Train Up Your Body

30 Day Challenge To Train Up Your Body

Many of us include workout in their New Year or birthday resolution but the fire dies out soon and most of us end up removing exercise entirely from their designated plan. Although, there are some who take time to craft a schedule for their workout plan but never actually sweat themselves, for most of us, the main problem is that we expect results too soon.

Things go well for a couple of days, a week or even two weeks. But we feel that the prospect of an aesthetic physique looks far off and the motivation to carry on fades sooner than later. However, Puma and Refinery29 have come up with a perfect 30-day workout plan. Developed by Amanda Freeman, the founder of SLT, this 30-day challenge is a tricky but totally achievable plan to train up your body and the one that produces results that can be seen within a relatively short time.

Of course, you won’t be able to get a body like Daniel Craig within 30 odd days. But as Freeman puts, “You can see sculpting start to happen pretty quickly.” And, you can achieve all this without even going to gym or purchasing expensive equipment.

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This is a workout routine you can do all by yourself at the comfort of your home and is a great way to start training the body or continue doing so. And, as it produces results not before long, you don’t have to worry often about keeping yourself motivated either.

 Schedule

Schedule

    The schedule you have to keep up to is the one shown in the calendar above, designed by Marry Galloway.

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    General rule is that you start with allocated reps and time and gradually increase it over the days. Follow each work-out day with cross-training — jog or dance class or even yoga for about 30 minutes. A weekly rest day in between to help you with your body so, 4 to 5 rest days in your one month training cycle will be good.

    Below are the three exercises that comprise this challenge.

    — Spoon with Triceps Dip

    1. Starting Position: Stand in front of a chair with heels of your hands on the edge, fingers facing downwards. The legs should be extended straight in front.
    1. Action: Pull your torso up and back while bringing your feet closer to chair by sliding at the same time. Do this until your bottom has gone past the edge of your seat. Stay in that position for some time and then slide your feet away till your bottom drops below the height of your chair.

    For triceps dip, elbows are bent. Then, straighten your arms and slide your feet back to the starting position.

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    Well, that’s one rep. Don’t bend your knees throughout the rep. Try to keep your feet flat on the floor. Keep your shoulders relaxed.

    — Curtsy Lunge and Pulse with Biceps lift

    1. Starting Position: Stand with feet wider than hips width apart, weight loaded in the heel of the right foot while left toes should be pointed and resting on the ground. Arms are extended just in front and below the shoulder height; palms should face towards the sky.
    1. Action: Slide the left foot slowly to your back and to the right of your right foot. Elbows are extended so that forearms become perpendicular to the floor. Then, you go into the curtsy lunge by sliding your foot back while you lift your arms up an inch at the same time. Pulse by bending your knees deeper while holding arms in place. Remain in that position for some time, then it’s time to return to your original position by straightening your legs and moving your feet and hands to your original position.

    This constitutes your one rep. Don’t move too fast. Focus your weight in your standing leg.

    —  Hydrant Kick

    1. Starting Position: Start out with your right hand, left forearm and both knees on the ground.
    1. Action: Lift your right leg off the ground while knee is slightly bent and turned out. Lift your leg to the hip-height, for a 2-second count. Once your reach there, you straighten your leg for a “kick”. Then you bend your knee in and return to your original position.

    This will count as one rep. Knees must be below the hips and elbows below the shoulders. Back must be flat. Concentrate your weight on your working side.

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    So this challenge can be a great way to start your hard work towards fitness and health but of course, the success entirely depends on how long you keep challenging yourself.

    Featured photo credit: Airman Doing Pushup via upload.wikimedia.org

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    Last Updated on August 15, 2018

    7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

    7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

    Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

    Video Summary

    Why is it important to train up our core strength?

    There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

    This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

    Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

    In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

    One Exercise, multiple benefits

    There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

    By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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    When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

    Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

    In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

    What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

    What will happen when you start doing planks every day

      1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

      Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

      • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
      • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
      • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
      • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

      2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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        Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

        Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

        3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

          Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

          4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

            Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

            A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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            A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

            On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

            5. You’ll improve overall balance

              Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

              6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                  Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                  How to hold a plank position

                  1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                  2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                  3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                  4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                  5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                  6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                  7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                  Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                  Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                    How to improve your plank time gradually

                    1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                    2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                    3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                    Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                    Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                    You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                    • Prolapse
                    • After prolapse surgery
                    • Pelvic pain conditions
                    • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                    • Previous childbirth
                    • Overweight

                    Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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