Summertime, and the living's easy. That is, unless you're still trying to get that beach body ready. Then you may be panicking a little and pushing yourself to workout more and eat right. But don't freak out, because even if you're not quite ready to yank that shirt off, you've still got a lot of time left to get yourself in shape.
It is already summer, though, so we thought we'd bring you some summer themed workouts that are as at home on the beach as they are in the air-conditioned gym. Both workouts are high-intensity workouts that you can take outside, and even onto the beach. Get tanned and toned at the same time while you push yourself. For the first, do 10 reps of each exercise, with three sets each. Make sure you rest for 30 seconds in between each exercise.
Lateral Lunges First, do a set of lateral lunges. Standing with your feet shoulder-width apart, step to your right, putting your weight on your right leg, squatting to a ninety-degree angle at the right knee. Keep your left leg straight. Then push off to come back to center and complete the rep. If you are on the beach, you can drag your foot through the sand to increase the resistance you get.
180 Degree Jump Squats
Squat down like you normally would, but as you push off, jump and turn your body 180 degrees. Repeat that by jumping back the other way on your next squat. Two of them equals one rep.
Choose whatever variation of pushups you'd like to use for this routine, or you can switch it up each time you come to the pushup portion of the workout. Change your grip from wide to narrow, or do raised leg pushups for an extra challenge.
Shuttle Sprints For your last exercise, place two markers about twenty yards apart, and sprint between them. Sprint back and forth between them five times to get in the ten reps. You can try this next workout at the beach, as well. All you need to do is bring along a jump rope! Complete the circuit four times, and rest for one minute at the end of each circuit.
Get yourself in an upright pushup position, and then quickly bring your right leg forward so that your knee is near your chest. Return it and do the same with your left leg. That's one rep. Try to do at least thirty.
Again, choose your variation, and aim for at least twenty.
The most common plank—place your forearms on the ground in front of you, and straighten your back so that your toes and forearms are the only part of you touching the ground. Engage your core and hold for one minute.
Now finish up with a minute of jumping rope, and then take your minute rest before starting up with the mountain climbers again.
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