http://www.lifeafteridew.com/2012/05/300-ab-challenge-results.html which is a link to http://kayciesantics.blogspot.com/2012/03/300-ultimate-ab-and-core-challenge_22.html which is the workout from another link taken from another blog and another. . . I don't know how far it goes. I followed the directions on the second link.
I can't believe I am actually posting pictures of myself like this on the internet. I am a little embarrassed so don't say anything too harsh about it, okay?
I don't consider myself to be totally out of shape, but I have never really had any core strength. Having two children pretty much ruins that for you. Here is my before shots, I had to soften them up a little bit to be brave enough to post them to the world. . .
|Don't look at my misshapen belly button. :)|
I started this August 1st. I also did at least 30 minutes of cardio 2-3 times per week and ate a healthy diet. I started out with a yoga mat on the floor. I couldn't do them all without assistance so I took my time--however long it took to get all 300 in. Here is the journal I kept during this experience:
Day one: It took me one hour to complete the entire routine. Tough, but not impossible.
Day two: Finished in 25 minutes with the kids acting like maniacs all around. My tailbone is sore so I padded the mat with a folded towel.
Day three: OUCH. Hard. 25 minutes to complete. My tailbone is raw. I can't stand up straight because my inner hips are so sore. People are telling me to quit. I looked at the other links and many people commented that day four is the worst then it gets better.
Day four: SO MUCH BETTER! i started feeling better early this morning. I padded the floor well. Exercises are getting significantly easier. Even did a few of the roll up-v-ups full out. But my tailbone is BLEEDING!!!! (That's an official pinjury.)
Day five: Bought some friction block for my tailbone. Using lots of padding on the floor. My tailbone is still sore, but not bleeding. Exercises getting easier but it still took a long time because I keep watching those Olympic gymnasts.
Day six & seven: Continuing to get easier. Lots of padding but no more bleeding.
Day eight: Right flank felt tight when I started and then shooting pain when I started the wide leg sit-ups. Couldn't go on without fear of injury. Warm soak and icy hot. Don't know why I am not warming up before this. I should warm up and stretch first.
Day nine: Warmed up with 2 mile run and some good stretching. A little scared about how this is going to go. Started smooth, skipped all the hard ones for the end. Made it through 23 roll up-v-ups before starting to have some pain. So I did everything but the wide leg sit ups. Pretty respectable. Will rest and icy hot and try again tomorrow.
Day ten: Well warmed up. Changed up the order again. Only made 15 roll up-v ups before pain and quitting. Feel good though. Taking it slow and easy.
Day twelve: Did all wide leg sit ups and roll up-v ups at the end of the workout. No pain!!
Day fourteen: Did full work out in original order. Did all exercises with no assistance (i.e., using furniture to help me keep my feet/legs down). Getting close to completing in 20 minutes. Warming up with jumping jacks and stretches. Stretching between exercises.
And it just got easier from there! By day 30 I was doing the full sequence in 15-20 minutes including my warm up. I used the friction block every day and my mountain of padding:
I don't know why the other posts don't mention warming up. This is a strenuous workout (well for me at least) and you SHOULD warm up first. Unless I had just finished my cardio then I did a warm up of 25 jumping jacks. I always stretched first doing some side bends, forward folds, and some cat/cow stretches. One post said to not do it after your workout because it will be harder, but I always found it much easier to do after a workout.
It works a lot in your thighs as well as your abs so don't be surprised if you feel it there too!
Here are the shots you are dying to see. . .the afters:
|Still not ready to show the world that belly button one of those boys distorted.|
I still have a ways to go, but I have never had definition like this before. I am proud of myself for sticking with it even though I had people telling me to quit at day three. Look at what I can do! I would like to continue to do core work but I don't think I want to keep doing this one every day. My tailbone might just turn gangrenous and fall off. I really slimmed down in my love handles too.
Total cost: $5.26 for friction block
Total time: 20 minutes-1 hour daily. I can totally whip this out now. By week 2 I was pretty proficient at it.
Final verdict: It feels like such an accomplishment to have completed it. It is amazing what we can make our bodies do. I would definitely recommend doing some sort of warm up and stretching before starting each time. Looking to change up the routine. What core routine do you like?