Let the count down begin! From today you have 6 weeks until the summer holidays begin. That's 42 days to feel your healthiest and fittest for this summer whether you are trekking a mountain trail, taking your workouts to the beach or learning a new water sport.
In my last blog entry I wrote about the controversial "Are you beach body ready?" campaign that backfired with Londoners. If you do want to optimise your body composition by gaining some muscle and dropping excess fat then you'll need workouts that do exactly that. At Precision Movement we encourage you to combine your aesthetic goals with a sport or an event in mind. We find that you achieve your aesthetic goals with the training you do for your goal or event anyway - so why not kill two birds with one stone! From a psychological perspective we also think it's healthier to gear your training towards a sports goal over just how you look on the beach.
High intensity exercise is best for burning fat and leaning out. I did this training for 3 months last year which you can read about here. I recommend 4 x 45-60 minutes of intense training per week and, if you can squeeze in 1-2 restorative yoga and/or meditation sessions. Make sure you have a good stable core, good joint integrity, good postural alignment and good movement patterning and vary your exercise as much has possible.Find a workout buddy for extra motivation and some healthy competition. For best results seek out a personal trainer or a sports specific conditioning specialist.
Here are my top 5 most efficient fat loss workouts that will get you in optimal summer sports fitness shape:
2. Modified strongman training
4. Boxing/kickboxing or any high intensity martial arts
5. Sprint/tabata training
To support your training read my blog on optimising nutritional support for your workouts HERE.
Above all, remember your body is your house, it's where you live. So take care of it, keep it clean and love it. Bodies, like houses, come in all shapes and sizes - its about what you can do with your body that really matters.