I’m sure you’ve been working out since January, keeping the resolutions alive, but have you been pushing it to achieve maximum results? Luckily, there’s nothing quite like bikini season to push us harder and take those extra steps towards our fitness goals.
If you’re looking to take your workout routine from hard to harder to earn that bikini body, try out some of these tips which will help burn fat, tone your muscles, and have more fun while doing it!
How to Amplify Your Workout Routine & Earn That Bikini Body
1 – HIIT the Beach
If you’re a regular to high intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts, try moving your favorite routine to the beach. Shifting sand forces your muscles to work harder to maintain balance, and can even soften the impact of jumping motions, which is easier on your joints. Try different plyometric moves like lunge jumps, high-knee skipping and mountain climbers to get that heart pumping while enjoying the view.
2 – Add Resistance
At-home workouts can be challenging and fun, and what’s great is that you can take most strength workouts to the next level by adding resistance. This may involve adding 2-5 pound weights for arm movements, or using something like the J-Fit Flat Resistance Exercise Bands to add tension for moves like squats and lunges. These offer enough resistance to tone, but won’t add any bulk or require less repetitions.
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3 – Work Out With a Friend
There’s nothing more encouraging than a little bit of friendly competition. Pick a workout buddy who’s similar to, or a step ahead of you in a fitness level – his or her motivation will rub off and push you much harder.
4 – Switch It Up
It’s easy to get into a fitness routine and not venture far from the beaten path. If you’re used to running on a treadmill, try jogging outdoors. If you’re one for standard crunches and pushups, try out a rowing machine. When you stick to 1 or 2 routines, it’s likely that your not working your entire body. Try new routines to find those hard to reach spots like your inner thighs or lower abs.
5 – Add 10 Minutes
In our fast-paced world, 30-minute & done workouts can seem very appealing. But often, these workouts skimp out on effective warm ups that will help prepare the body for a workout, and cool-down sessions that stretch out the muscles for recovery. I promise, if you take the extra 7-10 minutes to fill out a proper warmup and cool-down, you will have an easier time getting into the routine, a faster recovery, and it won’t feel like you’re putting in that much more work.
What are your favorite workout tips? Leave a comment below!
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