Official #StayConnected Community Challenge Schedule

Hello there! I'm pleased to announce that we now have our official schedule for the #StayConnected Community Challenge; created by Kim and I, and filled with workout suggestions from other blenders here. It's simply fantastic that with just a comment spark from Kim on a check-in, and from everyone's enthusiasm here, a community challenge is born. And not just any community challenge. It is a two week challenge stemmed from the idea that we can all #stayconnected (Kim's fitting name that she came up with for the challenge) and stay healthy and occupied during a time that we could use a little distraction. So without further ado, plug these workouts into your calendar! The idea is to start around Monday, April 6th, but you could do it now or save/bookmark this post to try it later! It's all about making it work for you. So, here you go.


#StayConnected Community Challenge Schedule, WEEK ONE (Designed by Kim)

Day 1, 50 Minutes (Main Workout: 30 minutes, Extra Credit: 20 minutes): Mass Building Lower Body Workout (30 minutes): , Extra Credit (20 minutes): Comprehensive Pilates Leg Workout

Day 2, 54 Minutes (Main Workout + Separate Cool Down: 36 minutes, Extra Credit 18 minutes): Upper Back, Arms, and Chest Workout - 23 Min Tabata Upper Body Workout (23 minutes) Cool Down Workout - Cool Down Stretching Routine (13 minutes), Extra Credit (18 minutes) At Home Upper Body Workout - Quick Upper Body Strength Without Weights

Day 3, 40 minutes (Main Workout: 30, Extra Credit: 10): 30 Minute Core Strength - Fitness Blender Advanced Core Workout (30 minutes), Extra Credit (10 minutes): Standing Abs Workout - Standing Abs Exercises to Tone Abs, Obliques & Lower Back

Day 4, 43 Minutes (Main Workout + Separate Warm Up: 38 minutes, Extra Credit: 5 minutes): Cardio Warm Up for Lower Body Strength Workouts (5 minutes), Squats and Deadlifts Workout - At Home Lower Body Workout (33 minutes), Extra Credit (5 minutes): 5 Minute Butt and Thigh Workout - Butt Lifting, Thigh Toning Workout

Day 5, 41 Minutes (Main Workout: 41 minutes, Extra Credit: 0): Upper Body Strength Workout — Guaranteed Muscle Burnout

OPTIONAL RECOVERY for Day 6, 28 Minutes: Relaxing Total Body Stretching Workout for Stress Relief and Better Sleep—Before Bed Stretches


#StayConnected Community Challenge Schedule, WEEK TWO (Designed by JustRaven (me))

DAY ONE, 43 minutes (Main workout: 38 minutes, Extra Credit: 5 minutes)

WORKOUT--Upper body strength:


DAY TWO. 49 minutes (Seprate warm up & cool down + Main workout: 39 minutes, Extra credit: 10 minutes)


WORKOUT--Lower Body Strength:



DAY THREE. 48 minutes (Main workout: 33, Extra credit: 15 minutes)


EXTRA CREDIT--Upper Body Strength:

DAY FOUR. 47 minutes (Seperate warm up and cool down + Main workout: 30 minutes, Extra Credit: 17)


WORKOUT--Strength and Pilates:



DAY FIVE. 56 minutes (Main workout: 34 minutes, Extra Credit: 22 minutes)

WORKOUT--Upper Body Strength:


DAY SIX. 26 Minutes



Now that you've got the game plan, let's talk a little about the challenge. Everyone is absolutely welcome to participate. There are no requirements, and all the videos in this challenge are free. All you have to do is bring your lovely self and the desire to get moving! ..And while this challenge is strength based and most workouts in the challenge use dumbells/weights, you can still get in a great workout without any equipment at all.

To further explain in general what this is all about; here at the FB community, we like to do community challenges from time to time. If you are not familiar with this concept, it is basically where a community member takes it upon themselves to create some workout schedules (usually a weeks worth and about 3 schedules to choose from) centered around a certain theme, and then everyone in the community votes on which schedule they would like to do. The one with the most votes is the official one we do. I imagine though if you like the other schedules, you could do them instead. To see the other schedules that didn't win and get an idea of how this goes down look here:

..So, the theme that is going for this challenge is all about staying connected. Staying strong and healthy through difficult and stressful times. Many of us are, in a sense, stuck at home and could probably use exercise more than ever to keep our immune systems in peak condition and our minds distracted from going stir crazy. It's a time right now where we have to be strong, because even from a distance, we are still and will always be stronger together. We can practice social distancing, but still stay connected and get a sense of that connectivity via doing the same workouts during this challenge. Because no one should sweat alone, and it's even better if we get a shared sweat experience doing the same workouts, right? Right.

So it makes perfect sense that the main workouts are based similar to the Strong program. Because we are strong, inside and out. The main workouts are 30-40 minutes (that includes warm up and cool down) and if you've got extra time and energy, we've got you covered with extra credits. And just for fun, the extra credits vary in length with each day, starting high to low for week one. Then when we go into week two, the ECs go from low to high. So the extra credits follow a sort of pyramid structure regarding the length. It's just a way to make this challenge a little more fun, because let's face it, we could all use a little more fun in our lives.

Now, the extra credits are just what it says; extra. They are not integral to the main workouts, rather serve to be complementary. You do not have to do them if you don't feel like it. But if you want the extra burn and have the time and energy; go for it. That is what they are there for.

Also, if a day, a workout, or certian exercises just does not work for you, remember that modifying option. Never be afraid to change or switch something out if you don't feel comfortable doing it or the move is too difficult. Because if you're not having fun, well, then what is the point? Challenge yourselves safely.

And when we finish the challenge, like we've done before with these community challenges, feel free to post a celebratory pic or some words to celebrate your #StayConnected challenge complete. You could post your own or add to a group post that will be created at the end of the challenge.. It's certainly not required, but you are working out for about half a month here with this challenge. I think that's worth noting and deserves some creds!

Okay, if I missed anything, feel free to speak up or ask questions. This is our challenge. Created by the community for the community. I hope you enjoy what Kim and I have come up with and I very much look forward to working out with you on April 6th. Until then, be safe and stay well, FB Fam!