Core & More January Challenge Reveal

by TaylorR

Two days… that’s it until we waive goodbye to 2013 and say hello to 2014.

Instead of looking at it as the end of one year, let’s get excited about the start of something new and fresh!

Here at Lifting Revolution I have a ton of great things planned for 2014, and one kicks off on Wednesday.

The 30 Day Squat Challenge was such a success…  the winner was emailed yesterday, so big congratulations to Angie.

It was so great, that I am proposing a new challenge at the start of every month for 2014.

Think of what extra things you can accomplish with your body (and mind for that matter) by spending just an extra 1-5 minutes per day of the next year on yourself.

What do you say? Are you in?

If so, then it’s time to introduce the next challenge that I will be participating in and inviting you to do it with me (sign up is below, it’s free)!

This challenge was created after requests from you asking for a core workout challenge…


The Core & More Challenge

January’s challenge is utilizing two exercises (don’t fret): Planks & Push-Ups! 

It’s going to be a progressive challenge. Each week, the intensity will be increased just a spidge. Nothing crazy, just enough to help us get better results by the end of the month.


Week One: 

For week one, every single day you are challenged to complete a 45 second plank and than directly follow it up with 20 push-ups.

Push-ups can be done on knees or regular.

Week Two: 

For week two, the plank time will be increased to 60 seconds, followed by 30 push-ups.

See where this is going?

Week Three: 

For week three, that 60 second plank will now be a 75 second plank followed by 40 push-ups. Don’t worry, weeks one and two will prepare you to handle this!

Week Four: 

The final stretch of the challenge will be composed of a 90 second plank and 50 push-ups.

For those final days, you’ll realize just how strong not only your core is getting but your upper body as well!

Why Planks & Push-Ups? 

I decided on planks and push-ups because let’s face it, they rock. But they’re also able to be done anywhere! If you forget about the challenge one day until its time to crawl into bed, no worries, just do it right there on the floor!

Need help with form? Here are some gifs to help:



Knee Push-Ups

That’s what I will continue to strive for with the upcoming challenges, mini exercises that you can do absolutely anywhere! Heck some of you told me you did your squats in the shower!

I also chose these two moves because they aren’t isolated moves. They literally work every single big muscle group in the body: shoulders, chest, core, butt, thighs, even your toes! Just make sure to engage all of these muscles when you’re doing the moves, okay?

How To Join The Challenge

Registration is completely free, I simply ask for you to register by entering your email and name by clicking the button below:


By registering, you’ll be entered into the end of the month drawing to win a magical prize package (here’s the price package from December). I’ll also periodically send out a motivational email to keep you going, or a fun workout to integrate the challenge into your day.

So, what do you say? Wanna plank?

–> What else would you like to see more of at Lifting Revolution for 2014? <–


  • Erica

    I’m in!!

    • TaylorR

      Whoo Hoo!

    • Brandy

      Day 4 complete.. Days 1-3 was a struggle..

      • TaylorR

        Yay! Great job!

  • Abi@AbsofSteel

    sounds great, I’m definitely in! It’s been a while since I’ve really tried to up my pushups so I look forward to working on them.

    • TaylorR


  • Crystal Trombley

    Im in.

    • TaylorR


  • Kim

    Count me in! Can’t wait to start!

    • TaylorR


  • Amy Hughes

    I’m in! Need some new inspiration for the new year.

    • TaylorR

      Awesome Amy!

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  • Lori Pepper

    Definitely in. Can’t wait to see the results!

    • TaylorR

      Heck yea! :) Rest that back!

  • http://nowebsite dilshad

    dear taylorr ,i am 57 years and my weight is 100 kg ,a lot of hard work and with no reselt.but i will try ur this programe .god help me and others.i am in .

    • TaylorR

      You can do it, I am glad you’re giving it a go!

  • Barbara

    I’m game also. How can I take a look at last months also.

  • Susan

    Looking forward to this, although my problem is daily motivation. That is a challenge as well.

    • TaylorR

      I’ll make sure I help you stay motivated!! You can do it.

  • Cassie

    I’m in. I swear I am trying to get back to class- this month I am pretending to go to class by exercising at home during class time to see if it will work with Baby Woos. By the way- I love what you have done with fit women’s weekly!!

    • TaylorR

      Haha, you can do it! I can’t wait to see you back! Baby Woos is getting so freaking big!

  • Debbie

    Sounds great!

    • TaylorR

      Great Debbie!

  • Stacy @Stacy Makes Cents

    Here we go. I printed it out. Yikes.

    • TaylorR

      Awesome! I am going to make a print out too!

  • Sheila W

    I’m in – again!!!

    • TaylorR


  • Ashley @ Power, Love, and Self-Discipline

    let’s do it!

    • TaylorR


  • valerie

    count me in, my friend and I have been trying to figure out new challenges for ourselves for each month. Looking forward to this, since i am crappy at push ups .

    • TaylorR

      Hahaha, crappy no more!

  • Shanelle

    I’m in!

    • TaylorR

      Congratulations! Yay!

  • Ericka @ The Sweet Life

    Okay seriously need to save this post. Core is the most important thing for me right now because of my back issues. I so struggle with being consistent though. This will really help me keep track of things. Great idea!

    • TaylorR

      Great Ericka! I am the same way because of my back. Since spending more time on my core I am so much stronger and pain-free!

  • Chris Winslow

    I’m over 60 but my daughter, Cassie Woosley , thinks I can do this. I’ll give it a whirl!

    • TaylorR

      I love Cassie! You can do it Chris!

  • Sally

    I’m in!

    • TaylorR

      Awesome!! Another challenge!

  • Melissa

    I’m in!

    • TaylorR


  • Wren

    So cool! These are 2 exercises I have been wanting to improve, I’m so excited to get some extra motivation. And I can’t wait for the day when I can say I did 50 push-ups!

    • TaylorR

      Heck yea!

  • Denise

    let’s do this!

    • TaylorR

      Yes ma’am!

  • Cynthia Volkmar

    I’m in

    • TaylorR

      woo hoo!

  • Kim

    I’m excited about this one – can’t wait to start!

    • TaylorR


  • Jessica Z

    Awesome! I’m in and I will be getting my sisters and mom to join in, as well!

    • TaylorR

      Great Jessica! That will definitely help keep you motivated!

  • Sarahf

    I’m in! I’ve been trying to work on my core strength, but, as it’s pretty weak, I’ve had trouble staying motivated outside of gym classes, this came along at the perfect time!

    • TaylorR

      Great, I know you can do it!

  • Amy

    I’m in!!

    • TaylorR


  • barbara

    Count me in I hope I can do this

  • Amy Hughes

    Finished day one! Push-ups were a bit of a struggle… Looking forward to seeing the progress as the months goes on!

    • TaylorR


  • Lorrie

    I’m in!! Completed day 1 already!

  • treasa

    I’m in. Already completed Day 1. thanks!

    • Story

      I’m in.

      • TaylorR


  • Leslie

    I’m in!

    • TaylorR


  • Brooke

    Dan and I are in!

    • TaylorR

      Whoo hoo! :)

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  • Cori @ olivetorun

    I did my first one yesterday and will be doing the 2nd after work today 😀

    • TaylorR

      heck yea!

  • Paige Callahan

    I’m in for this! I did planks yesterday anyways :)

    • TaylorR


  • Rachel

    I’ve been doing this same challenge this month. :). If it isn’t too late, may I still join?

    • TaylorR

      No, it’s def not too late!

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  • Joann B

    Since it’s not too late, Day 1 for me starts now:-)

    • TaylorR


  • elizabeth

    Might be a little late but count me in . Love the boot camp work outs.

    • TaylorR

      Never too late!

  • Yaz

    Can I be late and join in too? Coincidently for the past week I’ve been doing 30 push ups a day by splitting it into 3 sets of 10 so I have subconsciously been participating haha 😀

    • TaylorR

      its never too late!

  • Noelle at Noelle’s Notebook

    Just stopping in to say that I am loving this challenge… I know it’s only a couple minutes out of the day, but I feel like a total boss thus far!

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  • Val

    Man this challenge was a challenge for sure. My friend and I hated but loved it at the same time. Cant wait for next months challenge, what is it?

    • TaylorR

      Haha, details to be revealed tomorrow! :)

  • Tara

    This has been tough, but well worth it!

    • TaylorR

      Awesome! Make sure to go to the blog today regarding it!

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