30Seconds Back-to-School, Back-to-YOU Plank Fitness Challenge: Are You In? Watch This Video! by Meredith Schneider

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23 days ago

OK, so the kids are back to school – it's time for YOU! So excited to invite everyone to my 30Seconds Back-to-School, Back-to-You Plank Fitness Challenge! Who's ready to get planking? Let’s start September STRONG and start today, September 1! Plank anywhere, anytime!

Just watch this video we shot in Fort Worth, Texas. It was our second annual 30Seconds plank challenge, where I dropped and planked in the hotel lobby for Elisa and Donna, until they told me I could stop. Watch and laugh with us! (Watch the first video!)

Check in on this post each day after you complete your planks, post a picture holding your plank or comment below that you crushed it. Feel free to break up the time of each plank – our bodies are stronger than we think. Wondering what planks do for your body? Here are the top five benefits of planks:

  • Planks work your upper abs, lower abs, obliques and your lower back.
  • Planks build your stabilizer muscles.
  • Planks build your strength for pushups.
  • Planks promote good posture and help to strengthen your lower back.
  • Planks also teach your abs to stay contracted in a regular standing position.

Keep form in mind: Keep your head in line with your neck, butt down, back flat, legs straight, press through your heels so calves are lengthened, elbows directly under shoulders, core tight and squeeze your cheeks (aka glutes)!

Let’s do this! Who’s in?

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Donna John
I am so in, Meredith Schneider! Challenge accepted. Going to plank tonight in my pjs!
Meredith Schneider
Woohoo Donna John ! Me too! GO GO GO! Don't forget to post a pix below. xoxo
Holly Budde
Cheesy smiles!! I love. love you Meredith Schneider i will be a planker this time LOL Donna John Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds 😘
Meredith Schneider
Yes Holly Budde ! Plank away! 20 seconds today! GO GO GO! xoxo
Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
Bahaha! Just watching this video brings back amazing memories and makes me LOL!! Meredith Schneider , you are amazing and you inspire me. I'm in for the challenge and so happy Donna John and Holly Budde are with me. Next year, all of us will be in the plank video!! Love you chicas!! ❤️💕❤️
Meredith Schneider
Ahhhhh! Too funny! Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds , what a fun day! Let's all crush this plank challenge together! GO GO GO Donna John Holly Budde! xoxox
Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
Yaaas! Love doing this with you!! 💪👍
Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
Woohoo, Pam McCormick ! So glad you're in the plank challenge with us! I planked for 50 seconds last night. Just didn't want to stop planking, LOL! Thanks for inspiring me, Meredith Schneider ! How are you doing so far, Donna John Holly Budde ?
Holly Budde
i printed Meredith Schneider challenge chart ! Its on mu mirror and fridge Planking. planking.all over the house 💪 ! started yesterday. Go girls!! Donna John Mindy Hudon, M.S., CCC-SLP Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds Pam McCormick this is fun!!
Mindy Hudon, M.S., CCC-SLP
So much fun! You rock Meredith Schneider ! I started today 9/3 and did 1 minute 66 seconds! I impressed myself considering I haven't done a plank in months!!!! Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds it is hard to take a video of yourself when you are planking! Plank On!
Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
Oh, my! GO, Mindy Hudon, M.S., CCC-SLP ! You are amazing!!!! Next time we're together, I'm going to take a video of you planking. Maybe you will beat Meredith Schneider 's #30Seconds videos, LOL. Oh, but Christie Gosch told me on #30Seconds Live that she once did a six-minute plank. Say what?! I think she should join our challenge and see how much longer she can go. What do you say, chicas?? W00T! Here's the link to my interview with Christie where she talks about her fitness and the legendary plank: mom: #30Seconds Live: How to Evolve Creatively and Follow Your Passions With Christie Gosch (on Location In Denver)!
Meredith Schneider
Just dropped and planked by the pool! So excited for everyone joining this challenge! LOVE you guys are challenging yourselves and going longer. I see a #30Seconds plank off challenge! GO GO GO! Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds Holly Budde Donna John Mindy Hudon, M.S., CCC-SLP Pam McCormick Say what is right? That's what I said when I watched you guys live.. So gonna try to beat 6min Christie Gosch xoxo :)
Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
You look so strong and beautiful, Meredith Schneider ! Inspiring!!! 💪
Meredith Schneider
Muwah!xo Thank you Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds! Feeling good can't complain. It's amazing what happens when we put ourselves at the top of our priority list. GO GO GO!
Meredith Schneider
Woohoo! GO GO GO! Today is day 5! :)
Mindy Hudon, M.S., CCC-SLP
So if I keep planking will I look like you? Amazing!
Meredith Schneider
You already look amazing! Gonna be even stronger! xoxo
Nicole DeAvilla
I just officially joined! I try to plank everyday - usually on my forearms to be easy on my wrists. Great reminder as I hadn't dome one yet today! -- Your program is similar to my 2 Minute Yoga plank program. -- do what you can and then work up to a 2 Minute hold. Check done today!
Meredith Schneider
Woohoo Nicole DeAvilla ! You are so right! Do what you can and what works for you! Straight arm or forearm plank.. as long as we drop and plank and keep each other motivated! GO GO GO! xo So happy you joined us! :)
Nicole DeAvilla
Here is my forearm version!
Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
Love this, Nicole DeAvilla - you are amazing! 💪🙏
Meredith Schneider
Woohooo it's day 9! Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds Donna John Nicole DeAvilla Holly Budde Pam McCormick Mindy Hudon, M.S., CCC-SLP Christie Gosch Didn't plank yet?! No worries drop and plank NOW! Straight arm or forearm plank do what works for you..Remember core tight, back flat & keep your butt down AND breathe! :) Check in below with your plank updates. GO GO GO! xoxo
Christie Gosch
Meredith Schneider Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds Donna John You all are adorable! Had my barre class do a 3 min. plank series today. Starting in forearm plank with a small weight to one side, you pass the weight from one side to the other, lifting the elbow off the ground each time and keeping hips squared to the floor, then we went into side planks holding (or balancing) the weight on our waist as we did small, 1" hip pulses, then dipped hip to ground and up again, switched sides then back to forearm plank for 30 sec. to finish!
Meredith Schneider
WOW Christie Gosch ! So wish I could of been there for that class! Love it! GO GO GO! Gonna have my class plank tomorrow too for Day 12! :) #NoExcusesJustResults
Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
Here are Cjall CJ All and I planking during happy hour in Madrid, Spain! Thanks for the inspiration, Meredith Schneider ! 😀 #noexcuses
Meredith Schneider
Ahhhhhh! GO GO GO! Cheers Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
& Cjall #noexcuses is right!
Meredith Schneider
Day 12! Forgot it was rest day. Dropped and planked at the Dallas Galleria💪☺
Meredith Schneider
GO GO GO! Keep your core tight, back flat, butt down and don't forget to breathe! 🍑💪👙😘#noexcuses
Meredith Schneider
Day 15! 50 seconds GO GO GO! How is everyone doing with their planks? Feeling stronger?
Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
Love your photos and inspiration, Meredith Schneider ! I truly am feeling stronger. Thank you for encouraging us to keep going, no matter what! 💕💪

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