Planksgiving: 30 Days of Thanks and Planks {monthly workout calendar}

Another month has come and gone, which means it’s time for a new workout calendar! With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we thought it would be fun to switch things up a bit! For the entire month of November, you will be planking and thanking your way to a better YOU! Each day, we will plank and give thanks to someone or something in our lives!

I will start us off… I am thankful for… YOU! Our Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans community is such an amazing group of people. When we started this site 5 years ago, we never dreamed that it would be what it is today. Each and every day, we are inspired by your strength, dedication, and stories of perseverance. THANK YOU for being a part of us and sharing your wellness journeys! I’m also thankful I didn’t die on Day 1 of planking. I’ve had a little gym hiatus and am certainly feeling it. Yikes!

The 30-Day Plank calendar will get progressively harder as we go through November. Rest days are provided every five days to give you a chance to let your muscles recuperate. As with all of our monthly workout calendars, these daily exercises are intended to supplement your current fitness routine.

Stay aware of your form at all times! It’s quality, not quantity that counts. If you find the daily total too difficult to achieve, just plank as long as you can, or break it up into smaller sets. Think the challenge is too easy? See below. This workout is for YOU. Challenge yourself, but not to the point of injury.

Follow each planking session by a nice stretch in child’s pose.

What is the proper form for planks?  See our very own Christy demonstrate proper plank form in this Shrinking Bootcamp video:

If you find the daily workout too easy, complete your first plank interval and then add in another interval or two of the following plank variations:

Reverse Plank
Plank w/Hip Dips
Side Plank
Up-Up-Down-Down Plank

All variations can be seen in the demonstration above. Remember to keep your abs tight for the duration of each exercise to prevent back injury!

The hashtag we will be using as we tweet, Facebook, and pin our planks and thanks? #planksgiving

Don’t forget to take some before and after photos of yourself so you can see your progress at the end of the month.

Find other free monthly workout calendars here.

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We’re thankful for WATER! My little boy is giving up Christmas gifts for the fourth year in a row! He is raising money to bring clean water to people who desperately need it!

Clean Water for Christmas @charitywater http://mycharitywater.org/cleanwaterforchristmas4

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  • Melissa Folz

    I love this idea, especially since it doesn’t build to 5 minute planks- that just seems impossibly long, 3 minutes is MUCH less intimidating!

    • shrinkingjeans

      Thanks!! We’re glad you’re joining in!!

      Christy Mensi
      Founder/Editor
      The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans
      http://shrinkingjeans.net
      Shrinking Kitchen
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  • Idanies R.

    Thanks, I am in!!!!

  • tracy

    Sorry to be dumb.. but what does it mean 20s, 30s etc. and 1m45s. The only one that I think makes sense is 3min etc which is hold the plank for that long, right?

    • shrinkingjeans

      20 seconds, 30 seconds…..1 minute 45 seconds….. :)

      Christy Mensi
      Founder/Editor
      The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans
      http://shrinkingjeans.net
      Shrinking Kitchen
      http://shrinkingkitchen.com
      @shrinkingjeans
      @reallifeadv

      Check out our newest addition, the Shrinking Kitchen.
      Eat. Shrink. Drink.

      • James

        How many sets each day? Just one?

        • shrinkingjeans

          Yes!

          Christy Mensi
          Founder/Editor
          The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans
          http://shrinkingjeans.net
          Shrinking Kitchen
          http://shrinkingkitchen.com
          @shrinkingjeans
          @reallifeadv

          Check out our newest addition, the Shrinking Kitchen.
          Eat. Shrink. Drink.

  • Katie

    This sounds great! I do have a question though. I want to make sure I’m understanding it right. Do you do all four planking styles (Reverse Plank, Plank w/Hip Dips, Side Plank, Up-Up-Down-Down Plank) for 20 seconds each? Or do you just pick a different one each day?

    • Teresa

      Do one plank per day. If you feel like making it a little harder, go crazy and try one of the other styles or even 2 or 3 more!

      • Katie

        Thank you so much!

  • Anne-Marie Pedneault

    Got engaged friday. I will definitly try your challenges until the wedding!

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  • Kimberly Remig Prytherch

    I love your challenges! I shared on my blog’s FB page, and cannot wait to get started!

  • Teresa

    Planksgiving — brilliant! I’ve not done a plank in months…tsk tsk. This should get me back on track. I am thankful for your brilliant minds for coming up with these awesome calendars.

  • Catherine M.

    I just had a baby 7 weeks ago and I’m hoping this challenge will help me get my tummy back in shape! I just want to make sure I understand, for day 2 for example, you just do 1, 30s plank correct ?

    • Teresa

      That’s correct!

  • Heather Martin Lampard

    Just joining you! Stopped exercising much more than chasing kids (I have 7) a few months ago, and I’m in sad shape!! Lol Choosing November to get my act together, though I was pretty scared of what to start with! ;-) This is a totally manageable start! Thanks!!

  • debbie

    I am overweight am not really dieting will this still help to shape up a bit :)

  • Samy Marie Uoyevoli

    Hiya. I just found this site and I already love it. I’m a 22 y/o mother of 2 daughters. An (almost) 3 y/o and a 3 m/o. It’s so hard to find time to work out with my videos. But this calendar is perfect. I’m so excited to finally get my body back! Thank you ladies for making this.

  • Jill @lipstick_plims

    Love the Planksgiving!! Thanks for posting the video too!

  • @lipstick_plims

    Hanging in there! I can get past a min holding the plank!!

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  • Ria

    I can only do two minutes and i feel like puking afterwards lol

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