Beautiful days are getting closer and closer together. As the temperature changes, more people spend time outside, and even more realize that beach season is almost upon us. April is the perfect month to start working towards your summer body. Start now and be the best physical version of yourself come June.
Here are a few tips to get you started.
Increase Workout Volume
Here is a little secret, to make muscles grow and see progress, you need to do more work. If you currently workout 3 times per week for 1 hour, now is the time to bump up your weekly numbers by adding an extra day. Ideally you already are on a weight lifting program, but if you are not now is the time to start. Resistance training should be the highest priority in your workout if you want to lose body fat.
It is not recommended you cut a lot of calories off at one time. Gradually decrease your calories. Be sure to have a lean protein and 1-2 servings of veggies with EACH meal. For added help and the best results, meet with a dietitian.
If you are not already on a workout program, NOW is ALWAYS a good time to start. Set your goals but be realistic, you may have a hard time shedding to uncover abs and it may not happen come summer. Work hard and be consistent. Results will come on their time, not yours. With help setting realistic goals, see a trainer.
Stick to Full Body Workouts
You will get more done by focusing on full body workouts than you will with body splits. Statistically, most people work out twice per week. Working out two or three days a week is not enough to cover all muscles effectively in a split body part routine. Stick to full body workouts that focus on compound lifts such as deadlifts, squats, bench press, and lat pulldowns.
If you are going to do cardio, do intervals. If you do not have a baseline of cardiovascular fitness to handle those types of workouts, then do longer distance cardio to build up and switch to intervals gradually. Interval training will help you shed fat off faster while preserving hard worked for muscle. Again, get a trainer to help you out.
Fitness should be fun not stressful. Enjoy the process!