Get Beach Body Ready Fast!

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By Colt Brockington | Personal Trainer for Mariner Recreation

The two month winter of South Georgia is finally over. It is now officially time to get your beach bod back! I’m here to give you several pointers on just  how you can be primed for the fast approaching beach season.

1. Change Your Eating Patterns

A lot of good eating comes with Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. Some of us, myself included, may have put on a few extra pounds. Now is the time to buckle down and make healthy eating decisions. For the beach bod, you are going to need to lower your carb intake. This includes cutting back on a lot of our favorite foods: pizza, biscuits, corn bread, and other white bread products. Diets need to transition to be high in protein and fiber. Sodas and other sugary drinks need to be replaced with water. The way we eat will be one the biggest influences on how our bodies look (and feel) 

2. Higher Reps

Many people spend the winter months bulking up; these gym junkies lower their rep count on each workout and increase the weight. The beach bod takes on a more lean and shredded look. When you are in the gym it will be good to lower the weight and increase the rep count for each exercise. For example, it will be good to do three to four sets of 12 to 15 reps on each exercise for the next couple of weeks. This will allow for your body to adjust and get the cut look you desire. 

3. Cardio is Key

Like eating, cardio will be another one of the major determinants of your beach bod. It is going to be imperative that you incorporate as much cardio as possible into your daily lives and workout routines. Cardio will increase your metabolism which will help aid you to burn a lot of calories. It would be good to incorporate 20- 40 minutes of moderate to intense cardio three to four times a week into your workout regimen. Don’t be scared of a little sweat! 

4. Core Work

There are two different approaches when it comes to attaining a desirable core. Some people choose to sport the ripped ab look with a six-pack. Others choose a more relaxed look with a flat but toned stomach. Regardless of the approach you take, it is important that your core looks maintained! Several abdominal exercises I recommend are: planks, crunches, Russian twists, six-inches and oblique crunches. If you are going for the shred look you should work out your core three to five times a week opposed to two to three times per week for the flat and toned look. 

Colt Brockington is a personal trainer for Mariner Recreation and can be reached at fitness@ccga.edu.