Summer time is here! Which means more day trips to the beach, weekends spent at the lake, and just more time outside, enjoying the nice weather…that’s the way summer should be! All those activities may take away from your gym time and your summer work out may seem to fall flat. More time spent enjoying outdoor activities and attending social gatherings doesn’t mean you have put your fitness goals aside until fall comes, though!
An easy solution to maintain fitness throughout the summer, without spending hours cooped up in the gym on an elliptical machine, is to add HIIT to your summer workout routine. HIIT stands for “high intensity interval training.” Fitting in a couple of these workouts a week is a great way to boost your metabolism, burn calories, and build muscle in only 20 minutes! Everyone has time for that! In this blog I’ve put together a simple HIIT Circuit for your summer work out, and the great part is…all you need is a set of dumbbells and your own body weight!
*Do 10 reps for each summer workout without any rest between exercises. Rest 1 minute between sets and complete the circuit 4 times.
- Dumbbell Plank Row: Start in a push-up position holding onto both dumbbells. Keep hips and core square to the ground. Squeezing the shoulder blade, row one arm up, bring back down to the ground and switch arms.
- Dumbbell Squat Press: Start with both dumbbells over your shoulders, squat down and on the way up drive both dumbbells overhead using the force from your legs.
- Hands to Forearms: Start in a push-up position, drop down to one forearm, followed by the other. Then push up on one hand, followed by the other to return to the push up position.
- Split Squat Lunges: Start in a lunge position, drop the back knee down, drive through the foot that’s on the ground to switch foot positioning.
That’s all there is to it to keep your summer workout up to par! Keeping a set of dumbbells in your trunk and doing this circuit is a great way to maintain fitness and enjoy all the fun activities summer has to offer…without feeling guilty about skipping the gym! If you need a little extra help or motivation, contact us today! We are here to help you maintain the healthy lifestyle you want.