Spring cleaning is in full swing, so why not work on fixing up your body a bit, too? The sun is finally starting to break through the clouds, and everyone is flocking to tropical getaways for their vacations. Are you swimsuit ready? If not, it’s high time to start looking for a routine to challenge you and get you nice and toned for beach season. Put some pep in your step and check out these ideas to tighten, tone, lift, and shape the parts of your body that need the most loving!
Sleeveless shirts are back, meaning it’s time to start toning up your arms. Don’t have a gym membership? No worries! At home, try out pushups (and the many possible variations), tricep dips, and maybe even some pull-ups if you’re able and willing. If you do attend a gym, I’d work on tricep kickbacks, bicep curls, and weighted arm raises.
Ab definition is high on everyone’s summer body wish list, am I right? They’re easier to obtain than you think! Just dedicate ten to fifteen minutes a day to working on your core and you’ll be happily surprised with your results. The plank and its variations are some of the most effective bodyweight ab exercises out there. Crunches are also popular and come in many forms as well, including reverse crunches and bicycle crunches. If you’re at the gym you can add some weight, but either way don’t forget to tackle both your obliques and your lower abs! Some of my other favorite moves include leg raises, v-ups, and Russian twists.
Time to get that summertime booty! Lunges are a classic move to tighten up your glutes, and can be done with or without weights (you could even try incorporating some jumps for added cardio and strength!). Glute bridges and donkey kicks are also easy yet effective exercises to try. At the end of the day, however, the move to really master is definitely the squat. Whether you try squat jumps, holds or pulses is up to you! Variation is key so that your body doesn’t plateau as it begins to get used to these exercises.
Now is the time to blast your body into the best shape ever. Heading to the beach? Sculpt your legs and tone those thighs to kill the jiggle and rock your swimsuit. My favorite bodyweight moves to tighten up your quads and thighs are plié squats, hang cleans, squat jumps, and side leg lifts. If you’ve got access to a gym, hit the weights and try your hand at deadlifts, RDLs and kettlebell swings! If you want to incorporate machine work, scope out the adduction machine and the cable machine. But don’t forget—quality over quantity! Make sure your form is PERFECT before adding on weight; otherwise, you’ll be prone to injury.
These are some of the many basic foundational moves to start building up your workout routine. What other moves do you keep in your exercise repertoire? Share with us in the comments below!