But as the weather warms up and the bikinis come out, I'm also excited to make sure I'm in tip-top shape to hit the pool or the beach. While I do my best to stay healthy all the time, I'm certainly a little more conscious of getting extra toned for bathing suit season.
As I studied for my personal trainer certification and as I've found what works best for me, the biggest lesson I can pass along is that no one exercise will create the body and health you want. More and more studies are showing that we need a combination of exercises that work a variety of muscles in order to increase metabolism, build strength, add tone, slim down, or increase overall health.
So I thought I'd assemble a little collection of some of my favorite workouts, and I hope you'll consider using some to improve your fitness routine this spring!
Weekly Workout Schedule Suggestion
Monday - 30-40 minutes strength + HIIT/steady state
Tuesday - 30-40 minutes cardio + core
Wednesday - Full body strength/cardio circuit (40-60 minutes)
Thursday - 30-40 minutes cardio + core
Friday - 30-40 minutes strength + HIIT/steady state
Saturday - Rest or "fun" workout--yoga, dance class, hiking, etc.
Sunday - Rest
This schedule very closely follows the usual weekly schedule for Best Body Boot Camp (are you doing Round 5? I am! Registration is open now!). I loved Tina's typical weekly routine so much that I've adapted it into my non-boot camp training as well, even though we're running more now. Of course, change it as you see fit, but remember to mix it up and challenge yourself!
As for actual workouts, mix and match from some of my favorites below. I try to keep my exercises fresh and exciting to prevent boredom.
2.5 Mile Speedy Run
Double the Intervals
Long Interval Cardio
10/10 Walking/Running Workout
5-4-3-2-1 Pyramid Treadmill Workout
40-Minute HIIT Walking Workout
Full Body Tabata
Deck of Cards HIIT Workout
Stable/Unstable Upper Body Supersets
Light to Heavy Upper Body Sets
Upper Body Series
Upper Body Muscle Groups Circuit
Sure-to-Get-You-Shaky Leg Workout
Love Your Legs and Booty
Posterior: Top to Bottom
Deck of Cards Jello Legs Workout
4/2/1 Lower Body
Lower Body Muscle Groups Circuit
Full Body Circuits
January Indoor Workout
Full Body Circuit
Full Body Timed Workout
Winter Core Circuit
Stable/Unstable Core Circuit
What does your workout schedule look like? Do you keep it the same week to week or change things up depending on your schedule?
Note: I updated the Better Fitness Page today to include all these workouts and more! Enjoy!