With swimsuit season just around the corner, now is the time to amp up your workout routine. Instead of spending more time on a treadmill, try using one of these routines, which are designed to give you a full-body workout, ensuring your abs, arms, legs and glutes will look great when you hit the beach. Put in the work now, and spend your summer soaking up the sun and relaxing in your cute bikini.
1. Try this routine, which uses targeted exercises to make sure no body part goes ignored. Try to use these moves (you can pick and choose from each category) in your workout three to four times a week, per Marie Claire.
Abs: To do a weighted sit-up, do a normal sit-up while holding a five-pound weight in each hand, reaching your arms straight past your knees. If you’re stronger, keep the weights closer to your body, resting on your chest or held up near your forehead. To incorporate spiderman contractions into your routine, begin in a push-up position with your arms shoulder-width apart. Keeping your core tight and maintaining your form, bring your right leg up to your right hand, creating a lunge position. Quickly and carefully move your right leg back to the plank position, keeping your body in a straight line. Now, repeat with the left foot. Finally, you can also do standing knee raises. To start, stand with your stomach scooped in and your elbows behind your head. Bring your right knee up while twisting your body, and bring your opposite elbow to your knee.
Biceps: To do a bicep half sit-up, start by doing a basic sit-up with a set of weights. At the top of your sit-up, keep your core engaged and do a bicep curl – really focusing on squeezing your arms when you curl in. Or, if you’re hoping to keep it simple, opt for some push-ups. Do as many as you can while still maintaing perfect form. If you can, aim for five to ten reps.
Thighs: To do a side leg raise, stand with both of your feet together and place your hands on your hips. Keeping your standing leg straight, raise your right leg out to the side, keeping it straight and your core engaged. Repeat 10 to fifteen times before switching to the other side. For an inner-thigh front leg raise, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart with your arms by your sides. Starting with the right leg, lift your leg to waist height using your inner thigh muscles. Lift your arms backwards as you raise your leg to work your triceps. Repeat fifteen to twenty times on each side.
Glutes: Try a back leg raise, which will have you start on your hands and knees, lifting one leg up parallel to the floor with your knee bent and your foot flexed. Lift the foot toward the sky, squeezing your glutes tightly with every lift. Repeat fifteen to twenty times on each side. To do a squat glute-lift, start in a squat with your hands on your hips. Starting with the right leg lifting, straighten your left leg and lift the right leg directly behind you, going up into a leg raise. Make sure your core is tight and you squeeze your glutes while your leg lifts. Repeat fifteen to twenty times on each side.