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After the holidays and up through Memorial Day, the most common goal I hear from my clients is “I need to be beach ready.” You work hard for 6 straight months then finally the big kick off to the summer beach season arrives and you get to stop exercising, relax at the beach and bask in the glory of all your hard work, right? Not exactly.
Your workouts might drop in frequency but that means they should pick up in intensity, at least until you can get back on track in (ugh) September. The way to do this and get the biggest bang for your buck before you “HIIT” the beach is exactly that… HIIT – High Intensity Interval Training. HIIT is a training technique in which you give all out 110% effort through intense bursts of exercise followed by a quick ACTIVE recovery. This will keep your heart rate up, burn MORE fat in LESS time, increase your metabolism, while being quick and convenient. Here’s a sample HIIT workout and my personal challenge to you.
Challenge Accepted? Great!
Repeat this cycle for 3 rounds:
(If you are just starting out, cut repetitions in half)
- 30 Jumping Jacks
- 10 Burpees
- 20 Mountain Climbers
- 20 Squat Jumps
- 50 Crunches
- 20 Tricep Dips
- Allow for 30-60 seconds of active recovery (ie. marching, side toe taps, easy jump rope) keep it ACTIVE!
As always, prior to beginning any new exercise routine be sure you have clearance from your physician.
– Sarah C. Assistant Fitness Director at DHAC