Get Summer-Ready with These 3 Power Moves
The first day of Spring has come and gone… it’s only a matter of time before the layers come off. This is the time of year when many of our clients are looking to build their lean muscle mass, say goodbye to the spare tire, and start getting ready for those days at the cottage where the sun is shining bright and the dress code requires nothing more than a swimsuit.
Here are three moves that will kick your butt, get rid of fat, build muscle, and make you look awesome in your skivvies:
1 – Jump Squats
Yes, take the squat and up the ante by turning the movement into a jump. Remember, the same principle applies, even though it’s now a plyometric: get your bum low, keep your chest high, and give it all you’ve got!
2 – Sprints
This is a really fast way to get in a great, high-intensity workout that will make your fat cells scream. Set yourself a timer (we use the Tabata Pro – Tabata Timer app, from the apple store) to give you 1 minute of high-intensity sprinting, 1 minute of rest, then rinse and repeat 10 times. What do we mean by high intensity sprinting? Pretend you’re on fire and running toward a pool of water; pretend you’re a superhero, rushing to save the day—whatever gets you going. Push as hard as you can, especially through that last 10 seconds when you feel like hell. When it’s over with you’ll feel like a champ, we promise.
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3 – Burpees
Probably the most hated exercise we prescribe; this complex, all-over movement combines the explosive power of jumping, using your legs and getting your heart racing, with a jack-knife-like push-up movement that requires core strength, activates triceps, biceps, and relies on your chest, traps, and rhomboids to keep you from falling on your face. It’s really, really tough. Don’t get frustrated if you can’t bang out very many of these; keep working to do just one more with each workout and by the time summer is here, you’ll be ready to hit the beach with confidence.
As usual, before you start any exercise routine or if you’re not sure if an exercise is right for you, consult your family doctor to get the go-ahead and talk to your Pursuit Training coach. There’s a reason why people who are involved in bodybuilding eat avocado, nuts, and fish. Not only are these a good source of micronutrients and some, the nuts and fish, a source of protein, but they contain healthy fats.
Have a fantastic day!!
Your Pursuit Training Team
Follow these exercises up with a high-protein snack and you’ll be well on your way to changing your body composition for the better! Have you tried our gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free bar we’ve designed with our clients in-mind? Sold individually, or by the box, it’s the perfect post-workout fuel for your muscles and a great-tasting, nutritious any-time snack. Email: Michael@pursuittraining.ca to order.
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