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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    Shoulder Press with Weights: Start by holding two 5 pound weights in line with your shoulders with your elbows at a 90 degree angle. Press the dumbbells upward until your arms are fully extended overhead, and then lower back down. Repeat 15-20 times.

    Pike Pushups: Start in pushup position with hands forming a diamond shape. Bend at waist to make a "V" position with your body, lifting your hips up and coming onto the toes. Bend your elbows as you would in a regular pushup, getting your head as close to the ground as possible.

    Front Raise: Stand up straight with a weight in each hand by your sides. One arm at a time, lift your arm parallel to the ground to shoulder height, keeping the palms of the hands facing down. Be sure to keep your core engaged and your shoulders down, and repeat this motion 10-15 times on each side.

    Kathryn Wirsing
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