For guys, there is only one must-have accessory for the beaches on spring break this year: a hot body.
With the countdown getting close, Patrick Rahm, a personal trainer at Lerner Health and Wellness Center, said that a crash workout is never a good idea. With less than two months until spring break, you may be giving yourself too little too late.
“If you’re willing to drastically change your behavior, you may come a bit closer to your goal by the time you leave for that trip,” Rahm said.
Although Rahm said that each person’s workout routine will differ depending on their level of fitness and their personal goals, he suggested using a workout routine that includes resistance training movements and elevated heart exercises. This can be something like squats, pull-ups and a two-minute sprint on the treadmill or some other high intensity cardio workout.
“This would be continued immediately with dead-lifts, bent over rows and a minute of rowing on the ergometer. Finish this circuit with step-ups, push-ups and a minute of jumping rope,” he said.
To build stamina, try and complete this routine with as few breaks as possible and repeat the circuit if you can.
“As you adapt and improve, you’ll be able to complete more consecutive circuits,” Rahm said.
This routine should take about 45 minutes to complete and if you are spending more than an hour at the gym you have been there for too long, he said.
This workout routine may not work for everyone and would not be ideal for someone who is trying to pack on serious pounds of muscle.
“Regardless of your goal, the key to success is to be frequent and consistent with your plan,” he said.
As for the guy who cannot seem to find the time to make it to the gym before spring break, eating a healthy balanced diet and drinking plenty of water maybe the next best thing, Rahm said.
“Save it for (after) spring break. In other words, get plenty of sleep and don’t drink alcohol.”