Keeping those summer shreds is easier than you think. Here are five essential tips to follow to ensure you maintain that summer body you worked so hard to acheive.
Literally, take your workouts outside. This could be anything from changing up your cardio routine from running inside on the treadmill to taking it out on the open trails, or possibly switching the cardio for an outdoor activity such as tennis, some gyms even have dedicated outdoor workout areas. Working out outside also has the added benefit of enabling you to get a little extra vitamin D which in turn will help to improve your mood.
Summer is definitely the time for all the good festival food, traveling carnivals and all out party events. With each of these comes all those delicious foods you crave that are packed with a ton of sugar and extra calories. One great way to stay on track and still enjoy the fun with your friends and family is by counting your macros. This makes it easy to fit these kinds of food in your food intake for the day and ensure you don’t go overboard.
This is probably the most important factor. In the winter, we set a goal to have a great body for summer. So why is it once so many people reach that goal they don’t set another one? Goal setting will be probably the biggest factor in keeping you on track and maintaining all of the progress you made in the lead up to summer. Setting new goals will help to keep you motivated and will give you something to work towards.
Don't forget it is the summer, you're allowed to have fun! Sometimes a great way to keep up the motivation and to help you stay on track is to have a bit of time off. Take a break from your training, slip up on your diet, go out and party etc. If you restrict yourself in too many ways you will end up dampening your motivation, so it is very important to take time off, then when you get back to it you will feel more motivated than ever.
If you're serious about keeping your summer gains be sure to apply all of these to your summer training program.
Speed lifts (e.g., box squats, speed deads & speed bench) are essential to increasing strength, acceleration and power.
One of the main reasons we go to the gym is to build muscle mass. The first year we start training we make insane progress, then all of a sudden we hit a brick wall and all progress begins to plateau.