Your Guide to Getting a Beach-Ready Body

It's official: Bathing suit season is upon us, and if you haven't been able to hit the gym to tone up as much as you'd like, this can be a terrifying realization. We turned to our friends at Crunch Gyms, who designed a full-body workout plan to get us beach-ready. Trainers Michelle Williams and Carol Johnson taught us targeted exercises for different body parts, and if you mix these moves up in your workouts three to four times a week, you'll be ready to rock that bikini in no time. Read on for Crunch's beach body workout.


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    Weighted Sit Up: Do a normal sit up while holding a five-pound weight in each hand, reaching your arms straight past your knees. If you're stronger, keep the weights closer to your body, resting on your chest or held up near your forehead.

    Spiderman Contractions: Start in a push-up position with your arms shoulder-width apart. Keeping your core tight and maintaining your form, bring your right leg up to your right hand, creating a lunge postion. Quickly and carefully move your right leg back to the plank position, keeping your body in a straight line. Repeat with the left foot.

    Standing Knee Raises: Standing with your belly scooped in and your elbows behind your head, bring your right knee up, twisting your body to bring your opposite elbow to your knee. Think of it as doing bicycle sit-ups while standing!

    Kathryn Wirsing
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