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Review: The 30 Day Crunch Challenge


Review The 30 Day Crunch Challenge with results


Review: The 30 Day Crunch Challenge

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In February I did the 30 Day Squat Challenge and reported on my experience doing the challenge. I was really pleased with the results and surprised at how much it helped flatten my stomach.

For March I decided to do the 30 Day Extreme Squat Challenge (which I will be reporting back on to share my results with you) but I wanted to try a challenge that worked specifically on my abs too. 

I decided to do the 30 Day Crunch Challenge as it looked good for beginners like myself with small numbers of repetitions and rest days. The number of crunches is the total for each day and so can be broken down into smaller sets if needed.

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How to do the 30 Day Crunch Challenge

Day 1: 20 crunches
Day 2: 25
Day 3: 30
Day 4: 35
Day 5: Rest
Day 6: 40
Day 7: 45
Day 8: 50
Day 9: 55
Day 10: Rest
Day 11: 60
Day 12: 65
Day 13: 70
Day 14: 75
Day 15: Rest
Day 16: 80
Day 17: 85
Day 18: 90
Day 19: 95
Day 20: Rest
Day 21: 100
Day 22: 105
Day 23: 110
Day 24: 115
Day 25: Rest
Day 26: 120
Day 27: 125
Day 28: 130
Day 29: 135
Day 30: Rest

30 Day Crunch Challenge Results

Like I did with the previous challenge, I think it's important to show you what I was starting with to give you a better idea of the changes made during the challenge so you can see my before and after. 

I've also made sure to wear the same active wear for all the weekly progress photos to make comparisons easier. 

The 30 Day Crunch Challenge - Before

The critical areas I hope this challenge will help me improve are; my rib flare, crease line from bad posture (I've spent a lot of time on bed rest in recent years), and my love handles. 

Now on to the challenge. 

This is the week by week of how my 30 Day Crunch Challenge experience went...

Week 1

The 30 Day Crunch Challenge week 1

It became very clear to me even in this first week how much I need to work on my core. I felt every single crunch even with the low number of repetitions. 

Week 2

The 30 Day Crunch Challenge week 2

I'm already starting to see the difference both physically (already looking more toned) and strength-wise. Don't get me wrong, I'm still feeling each crunch as the neglected muscles get reactivated, but I can now do a larger number in a row without keeling over.

Week 3

The 30 Day Crunch Challenge week 3

I'm really happy with my progress. My stomach is looking much flatter and even my love handles have reduced considerably. It's getting easier to do the crunches now too as I have more strength in my core. 

Week 4 

The 30 Day Crunch Challenge week 4
Still a long way to go but I've seen a huge improvement during this month's challenge. 


Having done the 30 Day Crunch Challenge for a full month I can definitely see a difference. Overall I feel my core strength has improved too. It's also had a positive impact on my rib flare which makes me very happy. 

Here's the before and after side by side so you can see the difference more clearly:

The 30 Day Crunch Challenge Before and After

Have you done this 30 Day Crunch Challenge? How did you do? 

Review: The 30 Day Crunch Challenge with results