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