Spring Into Action!
Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, and slowly but surely the temperature is rising. Spring is here! Soon we’ll have no choice but to reveal the damage done by a winter full of comfort food and lazy afternoons cuddling on the couch. But don’t fret! With 8 weeks to go until Memorial Day, I have a few exercise suggestions to add to your current training program that will help you become the fittest version of yourself in time to hit the beach!
- Sprinting: Take your running and fitness game to the next level! Sprint workouts are super effective — sprinting provides a full body workout and can be done in a gym, park, track, or your front yard. Sprinting obliterates fat by increasing your metabolic rate and leaving your body in calorie burning mode long after your workout is complete. Sprinting also provides great strength and body firming results for your butt, quads, core, and hips.
- Try this:
- Perform 10 sets of 100 meter sprints
- Plyometrics: Plyometric exercises, commonly referred to as “jump training”, are an awesome way to shed stubborn fat while increasing your strength, balance, agility and power. These exercises require you to exert maximum force in a rapid or explosive manner over a short period of time. Because the moves are quick and explosive, you will exert a lot more energy and in turn, burn more calories than you would in a typical strength-training session.
- Try this:
- Perform 10 sets of 15 jump squats
- Swimming: Swimming is an awesome way to build strength, endurance, and flexibility all while cutting the pounds necessary to make you summertime fine in no time! Swimming will tone your muscles while keeping your heart rate up without the high impact on your body that sprinting and plyometric movements provide. Swimming is perfect for anyone who needs a break from or cannot perform the more explosive movements mentioned above.
- Try this:
- Swim as many laps as you can in 30 minutes. Push yourself, but take breaks when necessary.
The 3 exercise types listed above are all staples of my own springtime workout regimen. I typically use one of these 3 exercise types as the workout focus for a particular day. That way, I incorporate all 3 exercise types at least once each week. They are highly effective and a nice change of pace from your traditional strength and endurance workouts. So give them a try and let’s get ready for the heat!