Summer may be here, but it’s not too late to get the sizzling bikini body you want. Try these three workouts for your best summer body.
3 Workouts For Your Best Summer Body
Kick It Off With Cardio
A solid cardiovascular workout is key to burning calories and getting your body into swimsuit-ready shape. While you don’t have to squeeze in a heart-pumping workout every day, you should schedule 30 minutes of cardio three days each week. Choose the cardio method that works best for you, whether it’s running, cycling, or the elliptical machine. Make a point of trying different machines or routes to mix it up. Want to make your cardio session even more effective? Keep your arms active or use free weights, so your arms get in on the action.
Tone Your Core
Adopting a regular cardio routine can help you get in shape, but to get ready for the summer, you’ll want to tone your core, too. Take your pick from core-strengthening exercises like abdominal holds, side crunches, leg raises, and planks. Fit in your core toning three times a week on non-cardio days. With this schedule, you’ll stay active throughout the week and consistently work toward your summer body goal.
HIIT It Up
If you don’t have time to waste on the road to getting in shape or if you’re looking for more variety in your regular workouts, try high-intensity interval training (HIIT). This type of workout can help you burn fat quickly as long as you’re willing and able to put in the effort. To do a HIIT workout, push your body to 90 percent of your maximum capacity and then rest at a two-to-one time ratio. Choose from intervals of sprinting, doing burpees, cycling, or your favorite high-intensity workout.
Best Group Fitness Classes To Get Your Summer Bod Ready!
Exercising regularly and getting in shape without help can be a struggle. It’s easy for many people to get bored with their routines or just lose motivation. Fortunately, group fitness classes for women can help you have fun in a supportive environment. Every time you attend, you can catch up with your classmates and meet new people who have the same fitness goals as you. Here are some of the most popular group fitness classes available at NW Women’s Fitness.
Yoga blends physical exercise and meditation to help you improve your body and mind. A variety of poses and postures boost your flexibility and strength. Meditation reduces stress, turning your fitness routine into a way to relax. Yoga is ideal for people who aren’t used to strenuous exercises, but there are plenty of advanced poses for more experienced individuals.
MELT stands for Myofascial Energetic Length Technique. It provides therapy for your body’s connective tissues to eliminate pain and stress, and it mostly involves stretching and massage techniques.
Zumba workouts combine aerobics and dancing, usually to Latin or world music. You can lose weight and get ready for summer while learning some new moves to show off at your favorite dance club. Moving to the music is also much more entertaining than just following your instructor’s directions.
Qi Gong is a Chinese technique more than 4,000 years old. It’s similar to tai chi and yoga and can reduce stress and improve strength, balance, agility, flexibility, and injury resistance. This class can benefit anyone, from athletes to seniors to office workers.
NW Women’s Fitness also offers Pilates, indoor cycling, muscle conditioning, and more. We provide child care for an additional fee, and the locker room includes a sauna. Contact us at 503-287-0655 for help choosing the best group fitness class for you.