Summer is just around the corner! And if your body is not yet prepared to wear a bathing suit, don’t panic! We will give you 7 exercises to get a slim, toned, beach-ready physique.
Training is good, but the exercises you choose and the way you are doing them can have a big impact on your body shape. It’s not worth doing complicated exercises: the basic ones are recognized as the best. And if your goal is to tone up and slim down, we recommend not to use heavy weight and to do quick reps exercises.
Push-ups allow you to tone your body from the waist up (upper body). It will help you build strong arms and shoulders while you are working abs and the core.
- Planks and side planks
These workouts exercises are ideal to build a tight core without injuring the spine because you are more stabilized. And if you feel comfortable with regular planks, you can try the dynamic version by moving one elbow or one foot.
- Jump squat and split squat jump
According to some studies, doing explosive movements such as jumping is great for burning fat.
For the jump squat, bend down like you’re sitting in a chair (just like a normal squat) and then burst up into the air.
For the split squat jump, when you jump up, switch over to the other leg. Do it for 30 seconds and then rest for 30 seconds. Again and again.
Your favorite jumping movement, very effective to burn the body fat surrounding the dormant muscles!
The pull-up is a nearly full body workout. Obviously, it focuses more on your arms and shoulders but you will need your abs and your pelvis to really lift up your body.
If you want to build strength, you can also try the chin-up by pulling your chin above the bar with your palms facing toward you. Hold the position as long as you can!
- Bar hang
If the two previous workouts exercises are too difficult, you can simply hang from the bar a few times a day (if you have a bar at home).
For each of the 7 exercises, altern 30 seconds workout and 30 seconds break. If it is too easy, 40 seconds on and 20 seconds off.