Summer is right around the corner, and you know what that means. It’s time to get your body in tip-top shape for the beach! It’s easy to squeeze a workout in at Yard 8. Just head up to the fitness center on the 10th floor and take in the amazing north city views as you take advantage of our top-of-the-line cardio, free weights, CrossFit, and strength and functional training equipment. So once you get there, how do you plan on achieving your dream beach body? Follow along for these helpful tips on the ultimate beach body workout.
This one may seem like a no-brainer, but the entire body needs to be worked to burn calories, and to continue to burn fat after your workout is done. In a single full-body workout, work your muscles from largest to smallest – for example, legs, back, chest, shoulders, triceps, and biceps. An effective way to maximize time and energy is to do four 10-rep sets, with a 45-second rest between sets. So if you are working on your legs, you’d squat 10 times, take a quick rest, then repeat the set and quick break three more times. And just remember, sometimes less is more. You don’t necessarily need all the fancy equipment to get a good workout in.
Use An Advanced Technique
There are certain types of workouts and reps that each affect your body differently. A drop-set is when you challenge yourself with a set to the point of exhaustion, and then immediately decrease the weight for another set without taking a rest. A super-set is essentially completing two exercises back to back. Think lunges, and then squats. This means you can use little equipment to get the most out of your workout when you create more taxing exercise by doing them one right after the other.
Take Advantage of Our Backyard
And we mean that quite literally! Hit up a nearby beach for a run on the sand. When you run on the beach, there’s less impact since the sand shifts beneath your feet. It also helps you work weak muscles that you may not normally use while running on a paved path. And if you’re looking to burn more calories, a beach run will do that for you. You may typically burn about 1.5 times more energy on the beach than you would on a paved path. And the best thing of all? You’re getting a healthy does of sunshine and Mother Nature to gaze at while you work toward your health goals.
Low-Impact Workouts Are Important, Too
You don’t always need to go high intensity, full force, every time to get a good workout in. Take a rest day at least once a week. Add in some light stretching and yoga another day. Go for a leisurely stroll along the beach. Give your muscles and body the rest time it needs to power up again for the next time.
Schedule Your Workouts & Have a Plan
Having a plan can take the guesswork, and ultimately lack of motivation, out of your workout. Set up a schedule to help motivate you and get you into beach bod shape. An example schedule may look something like this:
Monday – Chest, Back & Abs
Tuesday – Legs and Calves
Wednesday – Yoga
Thursday – Shoulders & Arms
Friday – Rest Day
As with any workout regimen, make sure to consult your doctor before you begin a workout program. See you on the beach! For more life hacks, check out the Yard 8 blog.