This Silly Season Workout Will Do Amazing Things For Your Core


Wanita Nicol |

The silly season is no time for boring ab workouts. So ditch ’em. And tone your core with our fun 12 Days of FITmas challenge instead! (Singing optional)

It’s December. And, honestly, we couldn’t be asked to drag our glitter-spangled butts into a gym until January. But we also don’t want to lose all our hard-won 2017 gains. So we’re getting the best of both worlds with a fun festive workout challenge that you can do with your mates around the braai.

How It Works

No surprises – the challenge is based on the song . But instead of useless flocks of birds, we’re giving you 12 days of plank variations to strengthen your core. It works like a pyramid. Each day, you’ll start with that day’s move, then work your way back down to day one. So the workout gets a little harder every day. The numbers of reps correspond to the day (e.g. on Day 4, you do 4 reps). Good news: Where you have to alternate left and right, each side counts as a rep on its own.

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Watch the WH team trying to do the full twelfth day challenge…

Ready To Give It A Go? 

The trick is to try and maintain a strong high plank position from start to finish – no dropping to your knees; no sticking your bum in the air. If you watched the WH team, you’ll see that it’s harder than it sounds! Focus on keeping your core tight and your hips stable. If you need a break, high plank is your rest position.

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On the first day of FITmas, you have WH to thank for…

A 10-second, simple high plank

 

 On the second day of FITmas, you have WH to thank for…

2 Knees-to-Elbows

 

On the third day of FITmas, you have WH to thank for…

3 No-knees Push-ups

On the fourth day of FITmas, you have WH to thank for…

4 Shoulder Taps

On the fifth day of FITmas, you have WH to thank for…

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5 Bunny Hops

On the sixth day of FITmas, you have WH to thank for…

6 Runner’s Lunges

On the seventh day of FITmas, you have WH to thank for…

7 Side-to-Side Hops

On the eighth day of FITmas, you have WH to thank for…

8 Plank Builders, building

On the ninth day of FITmas, you have WH to thank for…

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 9 Froggers, frogging

On the tenth day of FITmas, you have WH to thank for…

10 Ts, rotating

On the eleventh day of FITmas, you have WH to thank for…

11 Plank Jacks

On the twefth day of FITmas, you have WH to thank for…

12 Mountain Climbers

Looking for another fun core challenge? Skip the line dance version and try the Cha Cha Slide plank challenge at your next party!

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