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Lent 2020 Series

Join us for Redeemed, a 40-day Lenten fitness plan built around this new series. Begins February 26 (Ash Wednesday)!


Prepare for Easter in a new way with our Lent 2020 Series. With six original whole-person workouts, this series will strengthen your body, expand your mind, and nourish your soul. In Pietra Fitness fashion, you will begin each workout with deep breathing exercises and then flow into unique sequences and poses that will get your heart rate up yet leave you feeling calm and relaxed. With Scriptures and meditations around the theme of Lent, each of these videos helps you contemplate your personal Lenten journey and invites you to open up your heart to God—being transformed physically, mentally, and spiritually.

In this series, you will:

  • Lengthen and strengthen every muscle in your body, giving special attention to your hip flexors
  • Increase your core strength and flexibility, deepen your faith, improve your well-being and range of motion, and build self-confidence
  • Gain a new understanding of Lenten fasting and penance, daily prayer, mercy and forgiveness, and carrying our daily crosses—and practical ways to incorporate them into your everyday life

Look for a special Easter video on Holy Thursday, April 11!

Videos in this Series: 6

Class Levels: Gentle, Level 1, Level 2

Duration: ~30 minutes each


21 Days to Greatness Calendar

Join Pietra Fitness and people across the country for Redeemed, your 40-day Lenten fitness journey beginning February 26 (Ash Wednesday). Built around our new Lent 2020 Series, this plan incorporates all six videos each week, reserving Sunday as a day of rest. This easy-to-follow calendar will help you stay the course—or get back on track if you miss a workout. We suggest bookmarking this page so you can quickly access the daily videos.

Lent is a time of transformation—no matter how small. We are excited to make this journey together.

As with any of the videos in our online studio, you can do the classes in this series anytime and in any order. But if you like a sense of community or want to eliminate the guesswork of putting together a fitness routine, this calendar has got you covered.

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Stretching Hips In a PF Pose

Hip-Top Shape

Your hips allow you to sit, stand, walk, run, dance, and kick. While your hip joints can withstand these repeated…

Core Strength with a weight position


Whether you prefer Gentle, Level 1, or Level 2 classes, the exercises and poses in Lent: Core-rific can be modified…

Michelle squating while raising arms in the air

Burns So Good

Whether you already have muscular glutes and quads or you’re looking to strengthen your legs, Lent: Burns So…

Laying down on back with one leg in the air

Hip Strengthener

Do you have poor posture, tightness or soreness in your lower back or hips, or pain in your neck or glutes? Tight hip…

One Hand in the air, deep back twist


If you compare this workout to a song, plank-hover-chest lift-plank-pushup-pike would be the refrain. (It has a nice…

Both hands in the air in the swan dive position

Swan Dive

A swan dive is a compound exercise that works your back, core, glutes, hamstrings . . . really, your entire body.…


Betsy - Pietra Fitness Instructor

Betsy Hoyt

Betsy is a Foundations 3 Pietra Fitness pro instructor, a certified personal trainer, and a Precision Nutrition coach and marco specialist, as well as the team leader for the Pietra Fitness instructor training (P-FIT) sessions. She teaches Pietra Fitness classes in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Charlotte, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband, Craig. Betsy owns an integrative personal training and nutrition coaching practice specifically geared toward helping women reach their specific health goals. Betsy finds her work with Pietra Fitness to be a wonderful fit for her clients, as well as an important part of her own body-mind–soul wellness.

Michelle Dushensky - Pietra Fitness Instructor

Michelle Dushensky

Michelle is a Foundations 3 Pietra Fitness instructor in training and content creator who is passionate about helping people encounter God in the everyday circumstances of their lives. Michelle discovered Pietra Fitness when health issues forced her to take a break from her intense fitness regime. The workouts have not only kept her feeling strong and deepened her faith but also given her a new perspective on what it means to be truly healthy in body, mind, and soul. Michelle is currently a writer for the Pietra Fitness marketing team and is excited to continue sharing the life-giving benefits of Pietra Fitness as an instructor. Michelle lives in Hebron, Kentucky, with her husband, George.


When is Lent 2020?

This year, Lent begins on February 26, Ash Wednesday.

When is Easter 2020?

This year, Easter is on Sunday, April 12.

When is Holy Week 2020, and what is the Easter Triduum?

Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, April 5. The Easter Triduum is a three-day period at the end of Holy Week that starts in the evening on Holy Thursday (April 9), continues through Good Friday (April 10), reaches its high point at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday (April 11), and ends in the evening on Easter Sunday. The Easter Triduum is the summit of the Liturgical Year, when we recount Jesus’ passion, death, and resurrection. Everyone is encouraged to attend these beautiful liturgies.

What should I give up for Lent?

Giving something up during Lent helps us detach from earthly things such as food, material goods, entertainment, habits, and comforts that can prevent us from getting closer to God. By intentionally giving up something during Lent we can create space in our lives for God and realize that He provides everything we truly need. Examine your attitudes toward things, events, other people, God, and yourself, and ask Jesus how He is inviting you to grow closer to him this Lent.

What are fasting and abstinence?

Fasting is a powerful, spiritual practice that unites Christians to Jesus’ trials in the desert. It’s not done to impress others but to draw us closer to God. During Lent, Catholics between the ages 18 and 59 fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, those who are fasting are “permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal.” Those who are unable to fast from food are encouraged to choose something else to fast from on those two days.

In addition to fasting, Catholics do not eat meat on Fridays during Lent. This self-denial is a way to remember Jesus’ passion and death.

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