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30-day challenge: get more from your core!


Next 30-Day Challenge

Can you believe it’s been a week since we finished the last 30-day challenge? Why not start another one? Wait, ANOTHER 30-day challenge? OH HECK YEAH!

You know that highly addictive feeling you get when you start to see and feel results? I don’t know about you, but I started seeing them in the first 30-day challenge, and I’m pumped to see more! Now look, I’m not necessarily getting phone calls to be on the cover of Fitness Magazine, but crushing 100 push-ups will give you a little (teeny-weeny) bit of arm definition. My arms pulsed in pain just thinking about doing 40 push-ups 30 days ago, but not anymore. BRING IT! Let’s not let all that hard work go to waste!
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 The last 30-day challenge was a combo of push-ups and core strength. Those 30-day challenges are here if you need to reference them or care so deeply about fitness that you want to share them with the world.

This next 30-day challenge is going to take what we started and build upon it. Each day will have a 50 push-ups and 100 crunches, but this time there’s an added variety to the planks. We’re looking to diversify the muscles we are working in and around our core. There will be a combo of STANDARD PLANKS, RIGHT SIDE-PLANKS, LEFT SIDE-PLANKS, UP/DOWN PLANKS, AND REVERSE PLANKS. There are videos below if you want a visual on some of these different types of planks.

You might be looking at this challenge thinking, “how the hell am I going to do 50 push-ups and 100 crunches and then all these planks?!” One tip of advice is to not look at each day’s task as one big number, but instead break down the sit-ups and push-ups into smaller groups between planks. For Example – Day 1: 10 push-ups, 20 crunches, 5 sec plank, 10 push-ups, 20 crunches, 5 sec left-side plank, 10 push-ups … get it? If the 50 push-ups and 100 crunches seems like it’s a little too advanced overall, drop them down to 30 push-ups and 50 crunches per day, or even less if you need to. Your call. Find a challenge for yourself, set a 30-day goal, and stick to it!

Click here to download this 30-Day Challenge
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If you are unfamiliar with any of the plank styles, check out the below videos:





november project: what happens when you cheat on running

November Project

Running is my fitness love language. But runners don’t just run anymore, and group workouts aren’t really my “thing”. I’ve struggled for years trying to find another type of training that fits who I am. But six weeks ago that all changed when I found November Project.

I received a tweet from a random dude (@jwlevitt) inviting me to check out the November Project. He told me to just show up. I’d never heard of this “project” and assumed it would be starting in November. I’ve since discovered it’s quite possibly the greatest, ongoing, FREE fitness movement ever to exist. Period.

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That tweet aligned with the stars on a week my running buddy was out-of-town, which meant I could cheat on her without guilt. I showed up alone. 6:29 AM. Gas Works Park in Seattle. I trudged up this huge hill in the park called Kite Hill boasting one of Seattle’s most epic city views.

wake up with us. here. 

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Most would say I’m an outgoing person, but ascending alone upon 80+ people is a bit intimidating. Just then a total stranger threw a massive hug in my direction. I went in for the embrace! I’ll remind you again that this is Seattle. For those of you who haven’t been introduced to the culture here, let’s just say the “Seattle Freeze” can be a bit chilly. I grew up in the south and spent time on the east coast — people HUG, that’s what we do — but not here. It’s like a whole thing to break down the hug barrier in Seattle. (FUN FACT: this one time I took a personality test that basically told me I hugged too much. Lame.)

Then out of nowhere pops this guy with enough energy to light up Time Square — he’s our fearless leader Casey. He welcomes everyone, especially those who are new, and informs us that part of November Project is waking up together. I think what he really meant was, “we’re trying to wake up the entire city of Seattle”. It goes something like this:



30-day challenge — abs and pushups. Join us!

30-day challenge

Challenges, Fitness | September 22, 2015 | By

Something happened yesterday. In a total spur-of-the-moment idea my husband spawned on me, I committed to taking a 30-day challenge. But it’s not just one 30-day challenge. Oh no, it’s a double-decker, double-whammy, the one-two punch. Push-ups and abs coming comin’ at ya.

Here was our kick-off photo from yesterday:
45 push-ups, 15 sit-ups, 5 crunches, 10-second plank, 5 leg lifts
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 I might sound like I was totally jazzed about this opportunity, but my excuses shot off like fireworks:

-Ugh, I don’t want to.
-I’m already running a lot.
-I’m doing weekly workouts with my local November Project (they’re free and rad.  Check them out.)
-I don’t really need to do this.
-I need off days too.
-Ugh, really?
-Damn, it starts with 44 push-ups?!
-Can we start on October 1st?

And then personal ass kickin’ mode arose: