28 Days of Barre
*Due to the Bank Holiday, this challenge begins on May 4th (Tuesday) and therefore the first week is 6 days long. If you're starting this after Tuesday 4th, just make a note that it's 6 days on week 1, the rest will be 7.
Welcome to The May Challenge, where you are going to commit to completing one video a day, dedicating time for yourself. It is important to know every day that there is going to be a window of time just for you. It's not about wearing yourself out over the month. Instead, you will build a healthy habit/routine of movement, a better focus on form and, of course, improved fitness, strength and mobility.
Now that we're heading into the summer, we might find ourselves with more plans (yay!), but hopefully this challenge shows you that you can make time to move your body even just for a little while.
Each day is planned out for you but you can switch things up. Just do something. If you're too tired, you can go for a walk, or even start a shorter video - you'd be surprised about what you can achieve once you commit to start. After you complete each video, you can make a note on how you felt and track your progress.
Order does not matter. My programming is a guide. You don't have to do each day in a row. Here are some ways you can customise it:
If you plan on attending a live class, you can do that instead of a video.
For example, if you want to do Wednesday's workout on Monday because it suits you better, then you can do that and tick it off. It doesn't matter that you're not completing workouts in order.
If you want to go for a run (or other exercise) instead of a video, you can note that in the tracker. It is a barre challenge but I understand you do other things too.
Note: Things happen, schedules change and last minute plans come up. You can take longer than 28 days to complete this if you want. It will not expire. Instead of skipping a workout, you can always take a day to do a different activity and pick up where you left off.
Formally join the challenge and track your challenge progress here.
This first week is a 6 day week. Originally it started on a Tuesday - so if you're doing this at a later date, you can add in another workout/video/stretch/recovery sessions. All the other weeks are 7 days.
This week you are doing 3 full body workouts, one upper body and a glute workout. You'll also see a stretch video to complete at the end of the week. If you need to cut it short, there is a "quick wins" section to allow you to keep your habit of movement.
The ultimate idea is to complete barre workouts for 28 days, but here's a quick reminder on the options you have if you need to switch things around:
Subbing/swapping out: If none of the selected videos suit you, just head to the "quick wins" section or pick something from the video library. If you're running or doing some other movement on that day instead, you can still mark the day complete as you have moved. You can also do a live class instead.
Re-order days: You can complete the days in a different order. For example, if you want Tuesday to be your full body day instead, you can use Monday to complete your inner thigh or upper body. In other words, you're starting on day 2 and then you'll go back to day 1.
Pausing: If you cannot complete a video on that day, it's not the end of the world. But ask yourself, do you need this day off or do you just not want to? There's a difference. If you're taking a movement free day, that's ok. You can pick back up where you left off. This just means you'll finish a day later.
Day 1: Full Body - Setting the Tone
Goal: I want you to feel excited and ready to start the May Challenge. In this video we work through a series of moves to remind our body of some of the key moves and form cues. Take your time and ease yourself into this workout. This is getting you prepped for the week ahead. And this day next week we'll up the anti. This is not meant to kill you.
There are 2 recommended videos here. They are the same workout, but one is cut short but cutting out the abs. If you're pregnant or taking it east, the shorter one is the one for you.
What to expect: Mobility warm up | Floor glute work | Pliés | Leg lifts to the side & back | Ab work | Tricep Dips | Cool down
Keep your core engaged for your floor glutes. Do not compensate core control for leg height. Keep the leg low if it enables you to keep control of your core. Think ribs in and bellybutton to your spine. SQUEEZE your glutes.
Find your strong and and natural turn out - keep knees pulled back in your pliés by engaging your side glutes.
Pay attention to the direction of the knees & hips in your leg lifts.
When you're doing your ab exercises, take the modification if you can't maintain your lower back on the mat. Breathe and take your time.
*Always feel free to take a Live Class if there's one on.