Hi guys!

I didn’t want you to think I forgot about my new Move of the Week post idea.  I actually meant to have Jen snap some pictures of me last night, but completely forgot.

So I’ll save my original thought for this week’s Move of the Week until next week.  Instead, you’ll get plank jacks!  I know I’ve mentioned plank jacks before (in a Favorite Things post!), but they are the only pictures I had on hand to use for this post.

Move of the Week:  Plank Jumping Jacks

Step 1

Assume a plank position.  Hands should be directly underneath your shoulders.  Abs should be tight, and make sure to keep the butt down so your body is in a straight line.  Feet should be together.

Step 2

Keeping torso and hands where they are, jump feet out so you now have a wider base.  This is considered the “jack” – just like you would jump your feet out if doing jumping jacks standing up.

Step 3

Return to the starting position in Step 1 by hopping feet back together.

These should be done quickly so you get your heart rate up!  I love this move because not only does it require zero equipment (mat is optional!), but it gets your heart rate up in a way that probably isn’t considered “traditional” cardio.  It also is a great way to work your core and upper body.  Try for 30, rest, and repeat for 2 more sets.  Alter the rep/set amounts for your own specific needs, and increase as you feel yourself getting stronger!

What’s your favorite way to get your heart rate up that might not be considered “traditional” cardio?

I’m off to CBC for Jam N Cardio Kix with the gym ladies tonight!  If you haven’t seen it already, check out the new website by clicking here. 

See you tomorrow morning with a new recipe post, and don’t forget to enter this week’s giveaway.

Have a great night!