Sexy six pack challenge

by - Friday, January 23, 2009

RunToFinish is hosting another awesome challenge for this month, so you know I jumped on board.

All I had to do was select a core-strengthening program that I would work on all month and then report on the results. Sounded easy enough to me and it was the kick in the pants I needed to step up the core work I had so badly been neglecting.

Here's the details:
I picked the 200 sit up challenge because it required no equipment, no DVD and I could literally do it any time, any place. Flexibility is part of the reason why I love running so much, so the 200 sit ups sounded like they would be the perfect fit for me.

The Sexy Six Pack Challenge kicked off on Monday so I that's when I tackled the initial test from 200 sit ups. Basically the idea is you do as many crunches as you can until you can't crunch no mo'.

I didn't have high expectations, I was hoping to eek out the 40 I needed to not fall into the "poor" classification. But boooo-yah I kicked some booty and busted out 80 crunches. Whooop!

For having not done ab work in ohhh, at least six months, I was pretty pleased. I used to teach a core strength class at the gym I worked at and I was known to make strong guys tremble in fear, but that was more than a year ago. I guess the good posture from many years of ballet and yoga really stuck with me and helps keep my core strong.

Anyway, because I did so many on the initial test I got to jump ahead to Week 3 of the plan. Week 3 Day 1 was Wednesday. I was able to finish all five sets (21, 27, 21, 21, max of at least 30. I did 35) and I could really feel the burn.

I plan to do Day 2 tonight when I get home from work. If I can do all 200 successfully, I might consider trying the 100 push up challenge.

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  1. Too much like work to me!!! LOL... I'll take my fifteen minute ab workout. I found this really cool article on Runner's World website that talks about core training for runners (under Training tab). Have you seen it?

  2. Good job with the crunches and situps.

    I'm taking a different approach to the challenge. But I'm noticing results already. And man, I really need it!

  3. Anonymous3:16 PM

    Intriguing! I wanted to do the 100push-ups, but I'm having weird issues with my clavicle when I do push-ups right now. Anyway, I think I may do the sit-ups instead for now! Thanks for sharing! Good luck with your sexy 6 pack! :)

  4. Very cool!! Good luck with it!

  5. nice job! i need to spend some quality time with my core... lookin forward to seeing how the 200-challenge works for you!

  6. Good luck with the 200 sit up challenge!

  7. I like the sound of this plan ... or maybe you make it sound good. I might try it, I can't get into the one I picked.