Countdown to Bikini Ready: Top 5 Workouts to Get that Beach Bod
Be proud of your body as you're soaking up the sun with these simple workouts that will tone, strengthen, and sculpt
Pull-ups and Dips
Pull-ups use your body weight to target all areas of the upper back, shoulders, biceps, and triceps. You can start out with the gravitron (or pull up assist machine) first before doing pull-ups solo. The gravitron works by taking weight away from you -- so if you weigh 125 pounds and put the machine on 50, you'll only be doing a pull up with 75 pounds of weight. On your first set, try 12 to 15 reps with a weight you're comfortable pulling up. Try to repeat three times.
Squats and Split Squats on the Smith Machine
These exercises target your hamstrings, quads, and glutes while using the Smith Machine (a barbell fixed within steel rails, allowing only vertical movement). The Smith Machine may look scary but it actually has a safety net -- if the weight feels too heavy you can place the bar on the nearest set of holes. You'll be using only light weights (try 10-pounds on each side) to create long and lean muscles. Holding the barbell on your shoulders, do 12 to 15 reps of squats, adding more weight if you need to, until you reach near muscle exhaustion. Then balance your back foot on a bench to try 12 to 15 split squats. Repeat three times.
Hanging Core Work
Try this for an amazing workout for your full abdominal wall. Use the wide grip pull up hold (the machine that allows you to hang from it with your arms stretched wide). Lift your legs straight up in front of you, concentrating on using your abs to initiate the movement. Do 10 reps, rest and repeat. You can also work on your obliques by drawing your knees up to one side of the body and then the other.
The gym floor and weight machines may seem daunting at first -- but personal trainers on the floor are always there to help, says Horton. And once you try out these basic moves you'll feel more and more confident both in the weight section and on the beach.
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