6 Full Body Exercises to Get Your Beach Body Ready

by Joe Lawrence | April 6th, 2015 | Strength Training

woman at beach (400x400)The summer is right around the corner, and that means bathing suit weather, which means bathing suits. If you are like me, there is still a lot of work to do before hitting the beaches. Have no fear, because full body workouts are here.

When thinking about the upcoming summer and how late I am starting my tone phase, I realized I do not have enough time for my usual routine. Typically, I work a couple of muscle groups at one time. For example, chest and triceps; back and biceps; legs and shoulders; or even push muscles and pull muscles. The problem with this is that I only hit each muscle group once per week. This would give me roughly eight workouts per group before the suntan lotion is applied and that is simply not enough.

The best option is a full body workout. This is where I do some exercises that cover all of the muscle groups and I do this routine three times per week.

The exercises are barbell deadlifts, military presses, bench press, tricep push ups, chin ups and crunchy frogs.

Even though many of these sound intimidating, they are easily done by anyone at any fitness level. Simply add or remove weight to make it work for you.

Barbell Deadlifts - Start this exercise with very little weight and ensure you are sticking to proper form. Do 10 reps and three sets after your initial warm up set.

Military Press: this can be done with a barbell or dumbbells, but again start with light weight until you get the motion just right. Again perform 10 reps and three sets after your initial warm up set.

Bench Press – 10 reps and three sets after your initial warm up set.

Tricep Pushups: do as many as you can and then move to crunchy frogs. After you finish them, come back and do another set of as many as you can.

Crunchy Frogs - This is my favorite ab exercise from P90X. Lie on your back and do a sit up while bringing your knees to your chest. As your knees touch your chest give your legs a hug and go back to the starting position. That is one rep. Do 15 reps and three sets.

Chin Ups – This last exercise is to be done in three sets. The goal is to do 10 reps per set, but that takes some time to work up to. Do as many as you can per set until you can do 10. You can substitute this exercise with cable rows if they are too challenging.

Do this workout three times a week with at least one day in between, and you will be toned and ready for the summer sun.

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