As the temps start to rise, the layers of winter clothes start to come off and before you know it...it's swimsuit season. For a lot of people now is the time they start to panic about the pounds they may have but on while hibernating for the long cold winter. It's not too late to get your body in shape for summer, if you follow my simple tips.
1. Be Realistic about weight Loss - Don't expect to lose more than 1.5 to 2 lbs a week. This is a reasonable and attainable number that you can achieve safely. Expecting to lose more than that and you will set yourself up for failure.
2. Ignore the scale - Keep in mind the scale may go up and down due to water weight fluctuations. I advise my clients to ignore the scale, it's a liar. Rely more on how your clothes are fitting or how you look in the mirror. The best way to measure your progress is to have your trainer do total body measurements. Total body measurements will accurately track your progress in regards to body fat loss and lean muscle gains, not just weight loss.
3. Build From The Core Out - A strong core will prevent injury, muscle imbalance as well as improve your posture. Some simple core building exercises are: Plank variations, butterfly sit-ups, and hollow body holds. You don't need a gym or expensive equipment to do these moves.
4. Be consistent - Working out once in a while is not going to get the job done. I recommend at least 3-5 times per week if you want maximum results in a short period of time.
5. Mix it up - A blend of cardio, strength training and circuit training will ensure you get a full body workout. Remember, weight training will build lean muscle which in turn will help burn fat and make your cardio workouts more effective.
Here is an old video from a tv segment I did which will show you some basic moves to help you get your beach body going.