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  1. If I'm fresh, I can do about 30-35s. During the tabatas where you only count your lowest number of reps (seconds in this case) I held a few the full 20s, but my shortest was 10s (before moving to straight-armed planks)
  2. Thanks for the input everyone! No, I don't wear a belt while deadlifting. And we did tabata planks yesterday during the workout. It did not go so well. My lower back felt strained during one of the holds. I ended up having to go up to a straight-arm plank, and that helped some. So I think that I need to work on hollow holds (the whole point of the plank work is to strengthen the core to do handstand holds!) and also move up to straight-arm planks till I get those lower abs stronger! Thanks again all!
  3. Hi all, I'm hoping you can help me out with some plank/core trouble I seem to be having. Doing planks is super hard for me and I don't know why. I get all tremble-y almost immediately, and for some reason, it hurts my abs. Some background info: - After browsing this forum, I can see we're not too fond of sit-ups, but sometimes they're programmed at my box, so I have to do them. And I'm *really* good at sit-ups (legs in the "butterfly" position). I also have zero trouble with GHD sit-ups. - I also don't have any issues with back extensions. I can hold a Superman for awhile with no problems or do a ton of back/hip extensions off the GHD. - I can deadlift 220, and don't have any issues with pain (soreness, yes, but pain no) after doing a bunch at say 135. Coach says my form is really good too. - I'm 5'7" and 170lbs, so while a bit overweight, I don't think it's so much so that that is where the issue lies. So back to the planks. I'm keeping a flat back, not arching, not sagging, slightly hollow hold. But it *hurts*! (not in a super sharp pain way, or I'd just stop. I just feel like I'm going to cramp up, and I feel like if I breathe then I'll loose my position cause my abs will give out). Should I maybe work on a different exercise to strengthen that lower core more first, then try and come back to the planks? I also know that people here aren't a fan of holding a plank for a long time just cause, but it's still my goal to get to a 2 minute hold. Help! Please! Thanks! Pic of form below.
  4. Above I said I'd say more about my private riding lesson, and I went and wrote a whole blog post about it! http://lifeupgraded.wordpress.com/2013/02/26/private-riding-lessons/
  5. So my private riding lesson was awesome. And then in my next two group lessons, the other girls didn't show, so I ended up with 3 private lessons in a row! More on that later. Been slacking lately. Tiny cheats here and there when I shouldn't. Didn't do my run last week, being bad about my shoulder exercises. *sigh*
  6. Oh, that's rough! Good luck in finding another lifting buddy!
  7. Oy. So. Last week, I was traveling. I ran my mile on the dreaded treadmill. The next day I went out and ran some hill sprints! I ate well during the week with a couple minor cheats. I really wanted to eat this entire bag of organic chocolate covered coconut pieces that I would get at the SF airport, but they don't sell those anymore! I was heartbroken, but it's really for the best, because I really do eat the entire bag in one sitting. This week, I was doing well (ok, so the week just started). I was eating well and then I went for my run yesterday. Bentley ran out in front of me at one point and I took a pretty hard fall. My left elbow is a painful bloody mess, and both knees are banged up. I also managed to tweak my back. Stupid dog. In a pity party of one, I caved and ate some M&M's here at work. I've been less than decent at doing my shoulder exercises. Have a PT appt in 20 minutes though, so hopefully I can be cleared for more work, and possibly also get a massage for my back!
  8. Yeah, that's the big problem with protein powder. It comes in these HUGE tubs, and it's relatively pricey, so if you get one and you don't like the flavor, you're kinda stuck. But that 30g of protein does help! What I was doing was having two eggs (I have this nifty plastic thing that lets me make poached eggs in the microwave) and a protein shake (by supplementing with the eggs, I could get a powder that was maybe lower in protein, but it gave me more options for finding a flavor I liked)
  9. Barm: the book was indeed awesome! Evicious: Thanks for checking up on me! Haven't cheated yet this week! Did my shoulder exercises on Tuesday and Wednesday! PT has cleared me for planks, yoga (as long as it doesn't hurt) and rowing! I even ran again yesterday!
  10. Bah. So. The good: - Did my run for this week on Sunday. Woo! - Scheduled (then had to re-schedule twice!) my private riding lesson for next Friday! The bad: - Friday, cheated a teeny tiny bit. Was making french fries in the oven for my dad, and I tried one small one to make sure they were done - Sunday, I read pretty much all day and kinda forgot to eat. So when I finally finished my book and was ready to eat there wasn't anything to eat (I hadn't gone shopping either, so no "good" snacks in the house) so I ended up eating a big bowl of Lucky Charms (I'm on the "cheat day" plan, which is why there are Lucky Charms in the house in the first place) - Haven't done my shoulder exercises in awhile. >.< I have a PT appt this afternoon to get me back in the swing of things, and I've been eating right since the Lucky Charms incident!
  11. Congrats on being victorious over the doughnut!
  12. Great job on the rowing! Was it a concept 2 rower? If so, I may have to try this game!
  13. Another good day in the books Did my PT exercises first thing in the morning. Didn't get any candy when I ran out to the supermarket for some gift cards during my lunch break! (sososososo tempting!) We're going to be starting a fitness challenge at work next week. Quite timely in fact! We all got these MOVBands, and the goal is to go 100 miles in 4 weeks. Thing is, it's worn on the wrist and counts "moves" and so many "moves" get translated into a step, and so many steps is worth a mile. So you don't have to actually walk/run/bike the 100 miles. You just have to "move" enough for 100 miles' worth. So it's weird, but I'm hoping it will help me way overshoot my goal of running one mile per week!
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