February Challenge: Love My Abs {Launch & Linky Party}

Runners know the importance of adding ab exercises to training but fitting it in is the real chore of core training.

If you follow me on Twitter, then you may have seen me occasionally use the hashtags #sixpksabs or #100pushups.  See, my Twitter running tweeps (@ForrestGump49er  @RunningRealtor1 @tryn2bfit @runningmom2boys) and I often try to encourage each other with these small challenges.

So, to keep up the motivation and support, I had an idea for a new challenge starting February 1.  It’s a challenge to work our core, called #lovemyabs.

Basically, during the month of February, each participant attempts 100 daily ab exercises.  Do all 100 reps at once or break it up throughout the day.  It’s entirely up to you and what fits best into your lifestyle.

Then, each week slowly increase by adding another set of 20 reps.  In other words, the first week you do 100 reps.  Then week two, you attempt 120 reps. By week three, you go for 140 and by week four, you should be close to 160 reps.

The plan would look something like this:

Week 1: 2/1-2/7 = 100 reps

Week 2: 2/8-2/14 = 120 reps

Week 3: 2/15-2/21 = 140 reps

Week 4: 2/22- 2/29 = 160 reps

This is just a guideline.  If you can do more reps, then go for it!  If it’s too much, then try a set of 10 reps ten times throughout the day.  Remember the important thing is to show your abs some daily love.

Also, this isn’t just about doing 100 crunches every day, although you could totally do that if you want.  There are so many great ab exercises out there, so mix it up and have fun!

And by the end of the challenge, you’ll have over 3000 ab exercises under your belt.  Now, you gotta love that!

If you want to join the #lovemyabs challenge, grab the button, link back to Run DMT and sign the linky below. By joining the linky party, others can visit your blog to show support and offer encouragement.

Blog about your #lovemyabs experience daily or write a weekly recap because we want to see your progress.

Then, swing back here every Wednesday to link up and share your #lovemyabs post.

If you’re not a blogger, you can still participate.  Simply add your Twitter ID/profile homepage to the linky party and tweet about the challenge using the hashtag #lovemyabs.  Talk it up on Facebook and Google+, too.  Encourage your friends to show their abs some love too.

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So who will love their abs this February?


      • Run DMT says:

        If you’ve copied and pasted the html code, check the quotation marks. Sometimes they can be a bit funny in a copy and paste. Just delete the quotation marks and retype them into your post. Or, simply copy the image, paste into your post and link it back here. Does that make sense? Hope that helps! Thanks for joining the challenge!

    • Run DMT says:

      I am the same with running and my core training. That’s why I need this. It’s a selfish goal. Get everyone motivated to help me stay motivated. 😉

  1. runningbetty says:

    I used to take a core class with a trainer. She went to some fitness expert conference, and came back with printed sheets of research about effectiveness of ab exercises. If you have no equipment, bicycle crunches, done correctly can be the most effective. If you are at a gym, the Captains Chair is more effective than that.
    Good luck!

    • Run DMT says:

      Thanks, Sweetie! I read that same fact about bicycle crunches. Each rep should be slow and held to get the maximum benefits of the ab exercise.

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