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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    "Love Handles"

    Side Planks: With your bottom arm bent under you at 90 degrees, maintain your side plank for 30 seconds. Position your top arm on hip or straight up in air. You can add in variations for a further challenge, such as lowering and lifting the hips, or threading your top arm under and through bottom arm and then back to your starting placement.

    Standing Oblique Crunches: Standing with legs in a 45 degree rotation, lift your arms up overhead like you are holding a beach ball. Draw your knee up into your armpit while the upper body does a side crunch towards the working leg. Return to starting position. Do 10-15 on each side.

    Side Leg Lifts: Lay on your side with the legs slightly in front of the torso about 20 degrees. Lift and lower the top leg, keeping the leg parallel. Do this 15-20 times, and on the last rep, hold the leg at the top and pulse up for 10-20 reps.

    Kathryn Wirsing
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