Asking professional opinion about the 'challenges' that are posted on Facebook? For example,The 30 Day Plank Challenge?
I have clients asking me if these 'challenges' they see posted on facebook are safe or not. I've seen the Squat challenge, the Pushup challenge and now the Plank challenge. Here's the challenge details: The 30 Day Plank Challenge will send your core strength through the roof! Yes, all you have to do is HOLD this position, nothing else! It looks pretty easy, but it isn't! Day 1 - 20 seconds Day 2 - 20 seconds Day 3 - 30 seconds Day 4 - 30 seconds Day 5 - 40 seconds Day 6 - REST Day 7 - 45 seconds Day 8 - 45 seconds Day 9 - 60 seconds Day 10 - 60 seconds Day 11 - 60 seconds Day 12 - 90 seconds Day 13 - REST Day 14 - 90 seconds Day 15 - 90 seconds Day 16 - 120 seconds Day 17 - 120 seconds Day 18 - 150 seconds Day 19 - REST Day 20 - 150 seconds Day 21 - 150 seconds Day 22 - 180 seconds Day 23 - 180 seconds Day 24 - 210 seconds Day 25 - 210 seconds Day 26 - REST Day 27 - 240 seconds Day 28 - 240 seconds Day 29 - 270 seconds Day 30 - PLANK FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE!! **SHARE to your Timeline to SAVE for later** Benefits of Plank Exercise: *It strengthens your lower back *It develops your core muscles – which include the abs, back, hips and the butt. *Helps you to avoid injuries and encourage good posture *Can be done anywhere *Develops your abdominals by targeting the rectus abdominis SUPPORT each other in Fitness!! This is a beginner routine.. everyone starts somewhere! ENJOY this Challenge! Share with your friends to help motivate others! For more tips, join our free group @[497929046958251:69:Getting the Skinny on with Alicia]
at this point in time, with all of us looking for ways to get people to move at all, I am willing to endorse just about anything that will get people moving.
None of my clients have ever approached me with wanting to participate in such 'challenges'. As they are more of a mature crowd, I am not surprised. If it were to happen, I would advise based on my knowledge of their abilities and would make sure that they are doing it safely.
I hope that all the rest, whether they are gym rats or casual exercisers, will use their common sense and stop or modify if something does not feel right.
Looking back at my own early sports career when there were no 'experts' to consult, I did all kinds of things that - from today's vantage point - would have my hair stand on end. Probably the most stupid thing I did was sprints in a Squash court with ankle weights! Alas, I am here to talk about it ......
I know a few other online challenges similar to the one you prescribed. I believe they are ok as long as you can show your clients how to execute the various exercises and challenges with the correct form. Beyond that, there is really not much you can do because if a client of your wants to participate in any of theses challenges he or she will do it no matter what think :-).
I will give you another example: recently Spartan Race came up with the idea of having people from around the country performing a number of burpees each day for a month. I don't see anything wrong with this and everyone is free to participate at their own risk. These types of challenges are becoming more popular and I also believe that they are actually a good way to motivate people to be active.
Now the problem here is that anyone can post a challenge for others to do without having any certifications or education to make sure it's safe. But that is a different story and I'm not sure what the legal aspects of such postings would be (if there are any).