Last updated on November 18th, 2020 at 10:23 am
And we’re back with the weekly at home workout plan! This week we’ll be doing barre and pilates workouts at home and we’ll get longer, leaner, stronger and more relaxed. You need almost no equipment, some light dumbbells for some of the workouts and a mat are enough. If you don’t have those – that’s okay too! As always we’ll use Pilates and barre videos that can be found on Youtube, so that everyone can join in.
The Challenge So Far
I don’t know about you, but I already feel the difference! Since I started the yoga and pilates challenge I have less pain in my back and my muscles are nicely “sore” – not really sore where you cannot walk and everything hurts, but in a way that you can feel you’ve done something the day before and you feel stronger. Love it!
I’m still struggling with making excuses as to why I don’t have time to do exercise that day, but I’m working on it. For now I haven’t skipped a day. Let’s hope it stays so!
Barre Vs Pilates
If you haven’t tried it yet, Barre is a ballet based type of workout which I happen to love as it makes me feel strong, (even if I’m not), relaxed and dare I say even more confident?
Barre workouts use elements of Pilates, but they’re not the same thing. For the most part Pilates is more of a mat-based exercise practice and it used to be named contrology. It includes exercises designed to stretch, strengthen and improve balance.
What barre and Pilates have in common is that while it seems like you’re doing basically nothing from the outside, your body’s actually working really hard when you’re performing the exercises. The reason? It’s because with both barre and Pilates you’re trying to hold your body still, to engage your core and to stay in control of your body while performing small isometric movements. This way you’re strengthening small muscles that you might not engage in a regular exercise practice.
What is important in both barre in Pilates is the focus on the breath and the precision with which each movement is performed. It’s quality over quantity with both types of workouts.
7-Day Barre & Pilates Workout Plan
So the end goal of the 70-day challenge is to make regular exercise a part of your daily routine. Last week we did 30 minutes every day including yoga as kinda the “rest day”. This week, we’ll try no yoga, but every other day we’ll do a shorter 10-15 minute workout.
We’ll also try to focus on different parts of the body each day including lower body, upper body and cardio routines. This way your trained muscles will get some rest, so you can continue the practice the next day.
As always, I’d like to thank the trainers who provided these workouts and to encourage you to support them by subscribing to their channels if you enjoyed these free workouts!
Day 1: Pilates Butt & Thigh Workout
video via That Pilates Passion
Day 2: Upper Body Barre Workout
video via Barre Fitness
Day 3: Cardio Barre Workout
video via Dansique Fitness
Day 4: Back Workout
video via Coach Kel
Day 5: Buns & Thighs On Fire Workout
video via Dansique Fitness
Day 6: Pilates Arm Toning Routine
video via Lottie Murphy
Day 7: 45-Minute Barre Workout
video via POPSUGAR Fitness
I hope you’re as excited to try this workout plan as much as I am! If you do try it out let me know what you think in the comments! Next week’s workout plan will be up next week on Wednesday. Stay safe.
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