Friday, July 19, 2024

Pre-Summer Workout Moves to Start Now.

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( It happens every year. Summer rolls around and people scramble to get in shape to wear that coveted two piece or super sexy one piece. There’s nothing wrong with it because, hey, who doesn’t want to look good during the summer months? With all the beach going, pool lounging and vacay picture taking, putting your best foot forward is just good practice.

The good thing about the situation is that you have about three solid months to start getting everything together. You don’t have to wait until summer to get in shape for summer. There are moves that you can do now that will, over time, give you nice results.

So if you are looking to tighten up, shape up or go down (weight wise) in preparation of the three best months of the year, here are some moves to get you there.

Clean Eating

This is the most important move. No matter what you do in the gym, if your eating is all over the place, you will see little to no change. Now, clean eating can mean a few things, but typically, it’s all about plant based foods. You can modify it by staying away from refined sugars, processed items and fried foods. You don’t have to become a vegan, but you do need to commit to making some kind of change in your diet.


You cannot go wrong with squats. They do so much for your body. They not only firm your thighs and butt, they can also shape your waist when done correctly. You can add a little weight on your shoulders for a more intense workout too. Either way, doing at least three sets of fifteen, four times a week will give you results.

In/Out Abs

This move is borrowed from the workout plan Insanity by fitness guru Shaun T. I like them because they are extremely effective. They are definitely not easy, but the best thing to do is build your way up. Start off with five at a time, and then increase, as you get stronger. The move starts with you on all four. You then jump into the plank position, and then you jump back into a ball position. Pretty much, you are bringing your knees in and out, quickly and at the same time. Repeat this at least five times.

Incline Walking with Weights

I like this exercise because it accomplishes a few things at a time. If you don’t like to run, but can commit to walking, then this is a great one for you. I suggest no less than an hour on a treadmill. Start off with 5-7.5 lbs weights in each hand as you walk at no less than a 3mph speed. Alternate between the weights, the highest incline and speed walking. This will get your heart rate up and down as needed to get a really good workout.

These are basic moves that cover the areas of the body that most people want to tackle. From your gluts, thighs and calves, to your abs to your arms, these moves will get you off to a strong start as you get ready for summer.

Staff Writer; Rasheda Abdullah

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