Plank to Push-up

September 22, 2010

I like a good challenge every once in a while, and the following exercise whips me every time–I literally can’t even do 10 of these. I’m lucky if I can do 5!

Plank to Push-up

Start in a plank position. (Yikes! My face is already red!)

Then push yourself into a push-up position.

After getting into the push-up position, lower yourself back into the plank position. Repeat until exhaustion sets in! 😉

Seems easy enough, right? Well, not so much. Give it a try and let me know what you think!


This morning I finally got outside to do an early morning run, and it was wonderful! Yes, I was quite tired when the alarm went off, but once I got outside running, I was so thankful I was actually able to be out there running. (An injury will do that to you!)

It was dark though, which always leaves me super paranoid a moose is lurking in the darkness. I don’t know how many times I startled myself thinking I saw a moose when in reality it was just a bag of garbage!

This morning I ran 2 miles to the track to do some speed work.

At the track, I did 2 x 800 meters and 2 x 400 meters with a 400 meter recovery in between each repetition. (1 lap = 400 meters)

I cooled down by running 2 miles back home.

I didn’t push myself extremely hard because I am running the Kenai River Marathon Relay with three other friends on Sunday, but since I am able to run again (No more arch pain!), I wanted to give my legs a little bit of a speed workout before Sunday.


Instead of having milk on my cereal, I used yogurt! Trust me; it is good! 🙂

Plain yogurt, Kashi – Honey Sunshine cereal, Multi-Grain Cheerios, and frozen wild Alaskan blueberries.

Last night I made up the yogurt base:

Nancy’s Nonfat Plain Yogurt

– chia seeds

– ground flaxseed

– agave nectar

– pure vanilla extract

This is pretty much what I use each time I make overnight oats or a yogurt bowl. It is a great base for so many different creations!

This is what it looks like before I actually eat it. Not very appealing, but very tasty!


Somewhat of a repeat from yesterday.

Leaf lettuce salad topped with tomatoes, mushrooms, and cashews.

Turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread with flax, reduced-sodium turkey, provolone cheese, tomatoes, leaf lettuce, and basil.

The funny thing is that I forgot I put the basil on, and while I was eating it, I couldn’t figure out why my sandwich tasted different than usual. LOL – oops!

Food Should Taste Good Multi-Grain chips.

Half of a grapefruit. One good thing about winter: citrus fruits are in season!

Tonight I am actually going to make dinner! Yeah, I’m excited! We’ve had so many leftovers in the fridge that I haven’t had to make anything the past couple of nights.


Name one exercise that leaves you feeling exhausted.

    1. That yogurty cereal mess looks delicious! They’re my favorite 🙂

      One exercise that leaves me exhausted is weighted platform lifts. I’m not sure that’s even what they’re called..but it pretty much explains exactly what you do, step up and down from a about knee height with a dumbell on your shoulders. A few sets of those at a quick pace and I feel like I’m about to pass out.

      Plus some yoga sessions really kick my booty. 😛

    1. I love the move pull up to push up. I discovered it on Jillian Michael’s Boost Metabolism DVD. I highly recommend this workout DVD. I found it pretty challenging!

    1. This is one of my favorite moves! When I taught a toning class at the gym, everyone would groan when I’d cue this! 🙂

      Squat jumps and burpees always leave me feeling exhausted!

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