Today’s fitness blog by lizzie.nicholls gives us some key tips on how to prepare for the beach this summer.
Getting ahead of the game:
As summer is now upon us, our beach bodies are being primed to show off poolside at our annual trip abroad in the sunshine. I’d like to share with you some tips to get you beach ready by tweaking the way you have been training by shocking the body.Pretty much all of us appreciate we need to workout , however, its very easy to get stuck into the same old routine at the gym or park and our bodies will get too used to it and you won’t see the benefits anymore .You have to shock your body into action. Simply doing the same workouts every week will not be the quickest route to your success.
Often, when we workout, our bodies become accustomed and familiar with the same old exercises that we do week in, week out. From experience, the best results have come to those clients who are prepared to push the limits with intensity and are not afraid of trying something new. Intensity, in any walk of life, is needed to make things happen and working out is no different.
If you are looking to freshen up your workout routine and have become a little stale in and around the gym, try this killer interval session to kick start your training and give your body something to think about. You don’t have to be a gym member to do this, you just need to be able to get out in the park and know some basic exercises. If you are not using a gym, you should invest in an exercise resistance band. For not very much money you will be able to workout your whole body at a really good intensity.
Interval training has been shown to be a fantastic way to increase metabolism and consequently be an integral and effective part of losing weight and ‘shocking the body’.
What follows are two workouts, one for the gym and the other for outdoors.
A treadmill or a bike and a set of dumbbells you feel challenged with when doing biceps curls for a set of 15 reps. most women can do 3-5kgs and most men can do 6-10kgs.
Jump on the treadmill or bike for five minutes at a pace, which is challenging/ flat out. Stop after five minutes and straight away pick up the dumbbells and do these exercises in order with no rest in-between.
Squats – 15 reps
Lunges – 10 each leg
Biceps curls – 15 reps
Shoulder press – 10 reps
Bent over rows – 15 reps
Triceps dips on the side of a bench – 15 reps
Press-ups -15 reps
Into a plank for – 30 seconds
Jump back on the treadmill or bike and knock out another five minutes at the same pace as before. Repeat five times. The whole workout will take you about 45 minutes.
If you are out doors with your resistance band you will simply find a route to do cardio’ that starts and finishes at a park bench and takes five minutes to complete. Then simply apply the same circuit as above. Of course you will have to do the leg exercises without the band so do an extra five reps to increase intensity.
In no time you will begin to see results and that beach body will be ready to show off in all its toned, strong, fit glory.
Why not cool down after your workout with a lovely Iced Herbal Tea?
All content and photos are credited to lizzie.nicholls
Feature Image Credit: Maciej Kraus