The goal of getting a beach body by summertime will require strategy and the correct methods. It’s easy to engage in a lot of activity and still see mediocre or no results.
Let’s see what you need to do in order to maximize your results with the time you have.
What defines a beach body?
There is no exact definition of what a beach body is… but the general idea is that it’s one that is toned, tanned and looks good in a bikini or shorts. One doesn’t need to be a bodybuilder or a fitness model to have a beach body.
As long as you’re at your ideal weight, have some definition and tone, you’ll look great.
Slow cardio VS HIIT
Slow steady state cardio is now being frowned upon as an ineffective way to lose weight. Everyone is praising high intensity interval training (HIIT) as the best and most effective way to shed the stubborn pounds.
However, if you’ve led a sedentary life for years and you’re overweight, you’ll not be able to start off with HIIT. The protocol is too severe for someone who is just beginning to work out.
You should choose slow cardio and slowly work your way up to HIIT. Once you’ve lost a few pounds and have about 3 weeks of regular exercise under your belt, you can start increasing the intensity and try for 2 or 3 minutes of HIIT.
Slowly increase the duration until you can do about 10 to 20 minutes of it. HIIT is truly the fastest way to put your body in fat burning mode for hours and burn the most calories in the shortest possible time.
Compound exercises VS Isolation exercises
To get a beach body, generally people start off about 3 months earlier. This is not too short, but it’s not too long either. So, you’re better off using compound exercises like squats, deadlifts, pullups, hanging leg raises, etc. to work more muscles and burn more calories.
Unlike bodybuilders who have been training for years and can dedicate one day to one body part, someone aiming to get a beach body doesn’t have that much time. You’ll want to do exercises that target different muscle groups so that all get toned and lean at about the same time.
Frequency of training
With 90 days to summer, it’s best to train at least 5 to 6 times a week. You don’t have much time. So, training often will help you shed the most weight and improve your stamina and strength at the same time.
Generally, with about 2 or 3 cardio sessions a week, you’ll notice that your stamina improves remarkably within 3 to 5 weeks. Stamina can be increased within a short time. Strength and tone takes longer to come.
To conclude, what you need to understand is that there are no particular exercises that will give you a beach body. It’s a combination of strategy and a variety of exercises.
By engaging in HIIT, you’ll burn the most fat. By focusing on compound movements, you’ll tone your entire body and look great in about 90 days. That’s the best way to approach your goal of looking good by summertime.