Wacky Internet Challenges

I believe i may have, once or twice, expressed my skepticism of the common sort of sponsored weight-loss articles you see on Facebook. You know the kind – “This 70 year old man got totally RIPPED in just one week!  Doctors hate this amazing trick!”  Generally, I assume an inverse relationship between genuine health advice and number of exclamation points.  

So, naturally, I found one I’m going to try. And, by “going to try”, I mean “started yesterday”.  It’s called the Plank Challenge, and it will probably destroy me.

Here’s the deal. For 28 days you assume a plank position – essentially a starting push-up position – and hold it for a set number of seconds (a number that increases over time).  How many?  Well, if you didn’t click the link, here’s the schedule:

Day 1 – 20 seconds

Day 2 – 20 seconds

Day 3 – 30 seconds

Day 4 – 30 seconds

Day 5 – 40 seconds

Day 6 – rest

Day 7 – 45 seconds

Day 8 – 45 seconds

Day 9 – 60 seconds

Day 10 – 60 seconds

Day 11 – 60 seconds

Day 12 – 90 seconds

Day 13 – rest

Day 14 – 90 seconds

Day 15 – 90 seconds

Day 16 – 120 seconds

Day 17 – 120 seconds

Day 18 – 150 seconds

Day 19 – rest

Day 20 – 150 seconds

Day 21 – 150 seconds

Day 22 – 180 seconds

Day 23 – 180 seconds

Day 24 – 210 seconds

Day 25 – rest

Day 26 – 210 seconds

Day 27 – 240 seconds

Day 28 – Until failure 

So, yeah. I’m on day two. And I’ve noticed that my whole body begins shaking just a little about second 15. So I’m pretty sure I’m getting some exercise out of the deal.  Now I’m just curious to see two things:

  1. Will this have any actual, significant benefits?
  2. Will I manage to stave off “until failure” to day 28, as directed?

Watch this space to find out!

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One thought on “Wacky Internet Challenges

  1. Goal–new world record? It was recently set by Mao Weidong, in a head to head competition with previous record holder George Hood, a 58 year old former Marine. Hood gave up at 7 hours 40 minutes. Mao ended the competition at 8 hours 1 minute.

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