How to Prepare for a Fitness Challenge

September 19, 2016
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Thursday is the first day of fall.  With the start of fall, comes many fun fall fitness challenges.  Most studios have some sort of challenge starting in the next few weeks.  No matter which one you choose to participate in, I have some tips to help you prepare for a fitness challenge and succeed along the way.

Choose a challenge that works for you

Is your fitness studio encouraging you to step up your game?  Do you prefer working out at home? The first step is to choose a challenge that works for you. If you are already working out at a studio and they are hosting a challenge, I encourage you to find a way to participate in it.  I am doing The Barre Code Back to Sweat Challenge (18 classes in 21 days) because it will push me out of my “normal routine” and require me to take more classes each week.  This challenge is coming at a busy time in my life, but I am determined to make it work.

Back to sweat kickoff party. Image by Allison Davis photography

Back to sweat kickoff party. Image by Allison Davis photography

Challenges are the time when people feel extra motivated.  It is a great time to get back in a routine and make your health a priority.

It’s alright to double dip

If it works, mix up two challenges, just don’t over commit. The Tone It Up 31 day Fall Challenge starts on October 1, so it falls right in the middle of The Barre Code challenge.  Since there is a little overlap, I will be participating in two challenges at once for a little over a week.

When double-dipping, be sure to choose two challenges that compliment each other. You can even take bits and pieces of two challenges you like and create your own.  It would be difficult to do two fitness studio/gym challenges at different places going on at the same time. Be careful not to over commit. Your health and fitness are important, but not worth you loosing all of your precious family time over to win a prize.


It seems like this is my solution for everything, but it is so important in reaching your goals of a fitness challenge. In order to be successful, you need to plan your day ahead of time, so you don’t miss a workout.

Since The Barre Code challenge requires me to take 18 classes in 21 days, I got out my planner and a post it to plan out how I would accomplish that. I wrote down the dates and times for every class I needed to take that fit in my schedule. Tip: plan a couple of bonus classes to take in case you miss one or get sick one day.

Prepare for a fitness challenge

Once the Tone It Up Fall challenge officially starts, I will plan my meals and workouts the same way.  You can read more about preparing for a Tone it Up Challenge here.

Set reasonable goals

In order to get something from a challenge, it is important to set goals. If your goals are measurable and reasonable, it will make the challenge worthwhile. I align my goals with the purpose of the challenge(s) and what I would like to see for myself.


  • Finish the Barre Code challenge (18 classes in 21 days)
  • Make meals in October lean, clean, and green
  • Incorporate more stretching in my fall fitness routine (at least twice a week)
  • Read “The Rise” every morning to start each day off on a positive note
  • Do morning workouts, aka “booty calls,” at least 4 days a week

My fall challenges

I am taking my own advice and double dipping on challenges.  The first one, The Barre Code Back to Sweat Challenge, starts today and the second, Tone It Up Fall 31 Day Challenge, begins on October 1. For the first few days of October, I will sub in one of the TIU workouts for a barre code class. I will also sticking to the TIU meal plan.

The Barre Code Back to Sweat Challenge

The focus of this challenge is to bring the basics back to the foundation of every workout- your mind, body, and spirit.

If you have ever taken a Barre Code class, you know that class is started off with a mantra to get your mind in the moment. During class, you are encouraged to focus on the now. You also work your body from head to toe. Lastly, class ends with stretching to end on a positive note and embracing your spirit.

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Each week, there will be different prizes and sponsors to encourage you to meet your goals. If you live near a Barre Code, it isn’t too late to take advantage of the $80/ 3-week fall challenge special. Come join me!  The prizes at the Plano location are incredible!

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Tone it Up Fall Challenge

Every season, Karena and Katrina from Tone it Up create an awesome and engaging challenge. The fitness portion of this challenge is free and can be done in the comfort of your own home. However, to get the full effect, I recommend buying the nutrition plan. It is worth the $150. They plan out every meal, every week’s grocery list, and every Sunday meal prep. The meals are delicious. There are some awesome prizes they are giving away each week of the challenge too, so get involved!

Final thoughts

Lastly, it wouldn’t be called a fitness challenge if it were easy.  Challenges lead to change. Any studio, online, or personal fitness challenge will push you out of your comfort zone. Be sure to get involved in whatever community you can to stay encouraged (both The Barre Code and Tone the Up have online groups). Regardless of if you complete the challenge or not, your body will thank you for going the extra mile. It is about progress, not perfection.

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Are you participating in any challenges this fall? What do you do to prepare for a fitness challenge?  Leave me a comment below!

  • Julie September 19, 2016 at 7:47 am

    Awesome advice! With all the planning you’ve done, you are definitely going to rock both challenges!!

    • Jessica September 21, 2016 at 7:57 am

      Thanks, Julie! I hope so!! 🙂

  • Ginger Marie September 19, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    Barre Code is always having fun challenges! Hopefully some day soon I can get in on it!

    • Jessica September 21, 2016 at 7:58 am

      Yes! You would love it! It’s so motivating, great women and a ton of fun!

  • Rebecca Hicks September 20, 2016 at 6:37 am

    Gosh I wish I lived closer to Plano! I’m excited about the TIU challenge. The 31 days are a nice little change from their usual 8 week challenges. We should plan a TIU meetup during the challenge!

    • Jessica September 21, 2016 at 7:59 am

      Yes! I agree! It’ll be a little easier to commit. 🙂 I love a Meetup plan. Let’s get on that!

  • Julie September 20, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Sounds like fun! I like when a challenge doesn’t start on the first of the month. Sometimes it seems like the start of a month is hectic and then throw something new on top of that and it can be overwhelming. Thanks for the tips on how to manage a fitness challenge. I agree that planning is key.

    • Jessica September 21, 2016 at 7:59 am

      Thank you, Julie. I agree completely. The start of months get really busy.

  • Nellwyn September 20, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    I’ve never done a fitness challenge but I’m thinking about doing one this winter. Will have to keep this post in mind when I take the plunge!

    • Jessica September 21, 2016 at 8:01 am

      You should! It’s a great way to hold yourself accountable.

  • Heather Arrington September 20, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    I don’t live near a Barre Code, but I’m definitely rooting you on! Two challenges at once?! You’re my hero. I tried a 30 day whole food challenge once and made it two weeks. Challenges are a great exercise in constancy, that’s for sure. Great for you!

    • Jessica September 21, 2016 at 8:02 am

      Thanks, Heather! It helps that one challenge starts in the middle of the other. 🙂 I appreciate the encouragement.

  • Rochelle Valle September 20, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    Exactly what I need is a plan in place. Sounds like so much fun & to have accountability helps too. Great post thanks for sharing!

    • Jessica September 21, 2016 at 8:02 am

      Thank you, Rochelle!!

  • Lauren September 20, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    I really need to try a fitness challenge… I need some motivation!

    • Jessica September 21, 2016 at 8:03 am

      I am sure there is one near you. You can always do the TIU one. 🙂

  • Neely (@Neelykins) September 20, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Setting reasonable goals with any challenge is key!

    • Jessica September 21, 2016 at 8:03 am

      Yes it is! 🙂

  • Ref J September 20, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Great advice to help me stick to my fitness goals. Setting reasonable goals and having a plan are key for me to be able to succeed.

    • Jessica September 21, 2016 at 8:05 am

      Yes they are! I hope you stick to yours!:)

  • Jenny September 20, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    How fun! I need to do a 30 day fitness challenge. What better time than now?

    xoxo, Jenny

    • Jessica September 21, 2016 at 8:05 am

      Exactly what I am thinking, Jenny!

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 20, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    Great tips! I’m looking forward to the TIU Fall Challenge for sure!

    • Jessica September 21, 2016 at 8:49 am

      Yay!! #Tiuteam 🙂

  • GiGi Eats September 20, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    People always need to choose fitness challenges that FIT their lifestyles. That they know they will at least SORT OF enjoy… Otherwise, they will be defeated for sure!

    • Jessica September 21, 2016 at 8:55 am

      Yes! And we don’t want anyone feeling defeated. 🙂

  • Dominique @ Ohbeehave September 21, 2016 at 4:18 am

    Wow that sounds awesome! When I’m picking up my fitness after a bit of a break I usually start off with small goals and then increase from there. I’m looking forward to starting school holidays next week and I’ve got Barre on my list of classes to try! 🙂

  • Jessica September 21, 2016 at 9:03 am

    I hope you love it! It’s my favorite!

  • Jessica Sheppard September 21, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Wow you are taking fitness to a new level! It’s one thing to eat clean and work out, but to double dip…I can’t even imagine the disciple. You have inspired me to keep it going!

    • Jessica September 21, 2016 at 9:50 am

      Awh, thanks! That is so sweet! Get it, girl!