As the temperature starts heating up, thoughts of hitting the beach and showing more skin are constantly on our minds. Gold’s Gym Fitness Institute Member Corry Matthews provides excellent advice on how to achieve a better beach body in just eight weeks!
Set realistic fitness goals. It is important to assess how committed you are prior to setting your fitness goals. Matthews recommends three days of weight training and five days of cardio per week, along with a fresh new “spring” nutrition plan to help you tone your body and lose up to 5 pounds of stored “winter” weight.
Perform any type of cardio five times per week for at least 30 minutes. “The stair-mill and running are two excellent cardio choices,” says Matthews. She also recommends taking a high-intensity group exercise class with upbeat music for a challenging cardio workout.
Target your abdominal region. The best exercises to flatten and tighten your abs include regular crunches, reverse crunches, hip lifts, plank and stick turns. It is important to also focus on the main muscle groups in your entire lower body, midsection and triceps.
Motivate yourself to exercise outside. As the weather starts to warm up and more and more people take to the outdoors, the fresh air can help you feel re-energized and ready to take on new routines. Matthews provides the following sample routine for a great outdoor workout:
- Find a park with a bench and do step-ups and push-ups on the bench.
- Perform side walking squats and supersets with dips on the bench. (A superset is a series of intervals that are carried out without any recovery – and with decreasing intensity.)
- Conduct walking lunges and supersets with lateral step-ups on the bench. To maximize your workout, use a weighted ball to add to all of the “leg” exercises.
- Finish your workout by running or walking for 30 minutes.