Wouldn’t it feel amazing to peel off your beach cover-up this summer and feel toned, slim and confident in your new bikini? I know I would! Even if you slacked off, like many of us did this winter, it is NOW time to put the excuses behind us and get our booties into shape!
This may come as a surprise to many of you but the key to getting a rocking body is believing in yourself. If you keep yourself motivated and stay on track, you will have that hot bod in no time. But if you keep telling yourself you will never get there, well you are right. You won’t. Here is my no excuses workout that I do when I can’t make it to the gym. It is perfect for when you are traveling or if you end up missing barre class because you had to stay late at work. See my step by step instructions to achieve that rocking beach body with my 30 minute beach body workout – no equipment needed.
After you have stretched and warmed yourself up it is time to set your timer to 30 minutes and mentally prepare yourself for the workout ahead. If you have stairs or bleachers near you, I would choose to run them if at all possible. Your legs and butt will burn but they will look ahhmazing in your bikini and those ity-bitty shorts, so it will be well worth it. Run up and down the stairs/bleachers for 5 minutes. This is excellent cardio and will be sure to get your heart rate up.
After your 5 minutes of running find a spot that you can do your dips. Dips are hands down the best workout you can do for your arms and your upper back. You can either keep your legs straight (like shown) for a more intense tricep workout or you can bend them slightly for less intensity. Bend your elbows to 90 degrees and lower yourself toward the floor and then back up again. Repeat this movement 15 times.
If you don’t have a box to jump on, just find something that would be similar in height. Start by standing on the ground in front of the object you will be jumping onto and then jump with both feet to land in a squat position. Once both feet are planted, straighten your legs to stand up and then step down. Repeat this movement 20 times.
10 – Inchworm Planks
6-Pack Abs here you come! This movement is killer but will totally whittle your middle! Start standing and then hinge at your hips until you have folded yourself in half and your hands have met your feet. While keeping your legs fairly straight, walk your hands from your feet out until you are in a normal plank position and then extend beyond and hold for five seconds. Walk your feet up to meet your hands, stand up and do it over again. Repeat this 10 times.
Once you have completed all four movements. Start at the beginning and keep going through this workout until your 30 minutes are up.
When you are done, make sure you walk, stretch and drink tons of water to cool yourself down and to rehydrate. This workout will work and tone your entire body and will target the areas that we are concerned about most when sporting a bathing suit. Aim to do this workout 3-4 times per week and then substitute other movements in to give yourself some variety. If you are looking for results, make sure to keep up with your workouts on a weekly basis. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Work hard and good results will come.
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Photography by Wesley Tan