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5 Quick fitness fixes for summer

Tips courtesy of Virgin Active; Photography: Peopleimages.com

December 1, 2015

Shot of a young woman working out with a medicine ball at the gymStill in disbelief that summer season is here? If you’ve found yourself a little off track and in need of a quick fix and inspiration boost, here are five effective exercises to start tackling now.

1 ‘Y’ squats for a bootylicious bum

  • Stand with your feet hip-width apart holding your arms out and above in a ‘Y’ formation at all times.
  • Keep your abs tight and your back ‘switched on’ with your shoulders relaxed and squarely over your hips.
  • Sit back as if you were going to sit on a bench. Then stand up, straightening your legs, and repeat.   

2 Clap push-ups for toned arms

  • Lie face down, placing both hands down on the floor, slightly wider than shoulder width apart.
  • Lift yourself so that only your toes and hands are in contact with the floor and do a standard push-up.
  • Maintain a correct alignment – ears, shoulders, hips and ankles all in line.
  • At the top of the movement (push-up), rapidly clap your hands together before repeating the exercise.

3 Frontal raises for sexy shoulders

  • Stand holding dumbbells in both hands while resting your hands on your thighs and knuckles facing forward.
  • Raise the dumbbells in front of you to shoulder height, maintaining a slight bend at the elbow.
  • Lower slowly and repeat. Don’t swing or use momentum to lift the dumbbells.

4 Side lunge knee-lift for toned thighs

  • From a standing position, take a deep step out to the side.
  • Your inside leg should be straight whilst your outside leg should be bent at the knee.
  • Drive off the outside foot to stand upright whilst driving the outside knee upwards towards the chest.
  • This results in a knee-lift – take that leg directly back into the lunge and repeat with other leg.

5 Side shuffle touchdowns for full-body fun

  • Adopt a ‘ready’ stance.
  • From here, shuffle laterally for three steps, then touching the floor with the outside hand.
  • Repeat in the opposite direction for and keep going for20 seconds. Take a rest and repeat.

How does a customised workout plan sound? Check out these great summer workout plans for your body shape. For some more quick fix fitness tips, see these 5 ways to get a bikini-body fast!

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