Ready or not Spring Break is almost here. If you’re stressing about your beach body this list is for you. Below are a few effective workouts that will help you get back into shape if you were busy studying during the winter or simply chose to enjoy all the delicious holiday food. Of course there is no such thing as the perfect beach body, everyone has a different body and at the end of the day all bodies are beach body ready. While these workouts won’t instantly give you a six-pack overnight they will definitely help you get on your journey to fitness. Which can sometimes be more satisfying mentally than physically. Some of these exercises you can do at home and others are perfect for the gym.
While individual workouts are ideal there are also some classes that would be completely beneficial for trying to get back into shape. The perks about taking a class would be that you will have someone motivating and guiding you through the workouts. These are just a few that might make getting through workouts a little easier.
Yoga might not sound like the best class to change your entire body but it actually does way more than you think. For one thing yoga helps with stress, and constantly focusing on seeing only results is going to be stressful. It can also help with flexibility, balance, and avoiding inflammation. That means after doing strenuous workouts your body will be able to heal quicker so you don’t have to take any time off.
CrossFit seems intimidating, but it isn’t. According to Healthline this workout is popular for weight loss. If you’re someone who needs to lose weight, not just tone up, this is for you. Even if you don’t need to lose weight CrossFit is still a great workout because it will make you incredibly strong. There are many CrossFit gyms out there that cater to people of varying levels.
Cycling in any form is good but with the rise of gyms like SoulCycle this workout is significantly more accessible. You won’t need to go out and drop hundreds on a bike and brave the streets of your city, instead you can ride a stationary bike at a cycling gym. Plus a lot of gyms already offer cycling classes.
Barre takes inspiration from the way ballerinas workout, and in case you didn’t know ballerinas have some of the strongest bodies. This workout is different from high intensity workouts but that doesn’t mean it’s any less effective. Barre is going to help with your posture, tone your butt plus it focuses heavily on core control.
You won’t need to become the next GGG to see results from boxing. This workout isn’t just getting you stronger, you’re also getting in an insane amount of cardio in. According to Shape boxing will help improve your cardiovascular system, you’ll burn a lot of calories, and it will help with stress too. Sometimes after a hard week taking it out on a bag will be the best self-care.
Arms are often neglected for fear of becoming bulky. While intense weight lifting and dedicating all workouts to your arms could make you larger that just isn’t the case with everything. Upper body strength is important and there are workouts out there that will get you stronger while maintaining a smaller build. Huffington Post points out that arm workouts can help with more than just toning, it can improve heart health, posture and bone strength. Which is important with age.
1. Tricep Kickback
2. Bicep Dips
3. Push Press
5. Bicep Curl
According to the Mayo Clinic weak leg muscles can hinder your all over physical fitness. Your legs are the base of everything and it’s important to give them attention. Also, like arms, you aren’t just working your lower body. You’re improving your core and getting in a lot of cardio. Whether you’re walking, running or jogging you’re burning calories and that is helping with weight loss. Women are stronger than they give themselves credit for so working out with heavier weights is something to consider.
1. Deep Side Lunges
2. Stair Climber
4. Mountain Climbers
5. Split Squat
This can be a difficult spot to focus on your body, mainly because seeing results in your core can take a while. Except you don’t need a six-pack with barely any body fat to have a strong core. There are many workouts that will help you strengthen that area, because having a strong core matters more than the actual superficial aspect of it. Shape points out that your core is well, the core of everything on your body. If you struggle with your core other workouts might suffer because your form is not that great. Every time you move you’re engaging your core, which is why it matters to focus on this part of your body. Just remember genetics has a lot to do with the overall appearance of your core, and there isn’t one set vision of what health looks like.
2. Russian Twists
3. Leg Lifts
4. Ball Tucks
5. Side Planks
If you’re wearing a bathing suit, or even just shorts, odds are you want your butt to look great. Having a big butt is popular now, but this is also another thing that genetics plays a part in. Not everyone is going to have a Cardi B booty, and that’s fine. Instead focus on the best your body can look. Plus having a strong butt goes beyond filling out your favorite leggings. Having a strong butt will help with your core, if you run it will help with your hip abductors and it will help with your knees since a lot of the workouts engage your knees. Butt workouts go beyond squats, while those will help be sure to pay attention to your form. It’s beneficial to ask a trainer and even have them record you to see what you’re doing right and doing wrong. Don’t be afraid to add weights.