With the summer fast approaching and the weather getting hotter by the second, both avid gym-goers and beginners are starting to hit the gym harder than usual to get in shape just in time for their summer vacation.
Whether you’re planning on spending your time at the beach, working out outdoors, or simply enjoying the warm weather, you’ll want to make sure that you feel energetic and confident enough to fully enjoy yourself – and we’re here to help you achieve those goals before summer arrives!
In this article, we’ve put together a list of tips and things to keep in mind if you’re trying to get in shape by summer. This way, you’ll be able to achieve your fitness goals just in time and without any setbacks, so keep reading!
Have a plan ready
If you dive head-first into a random workout and don’t keep your efforts consistent, achieving your goals will be a lot harder than it should be, and you might not get to do it before summer. In order to begin planning, the first step is setting a SMART goal that you can realistically reach in the next couple of months.
When you have your goal in mind, you can begin creating an effective workout plan by picking your training frequency and exercises that align with your goals. This also means choosing your sets, reps, and weight used for each exercise, so you can step into the gym knowing exactly what you’ll be doing each day.
While this might sound like a lot of work for some, it’s essential if you want to achieve your goals as soon as possible – and we can make it easier for you! Simply download the Fit With Iulia app and let Iulia do all the guesswork while you focus on working hard.
Keep an eye on your diet
Creating and following the ideal workout plan for your goals is an important step in achieving your fitness goals, but that’s only half of the journey. What you do outside of the gym, specifically what you eat, will have a big impact on your progress and results.
If your goal is to build lean muscle, prioritize protein to make sure that you’re giving your muscles what they need to grow, and try to limit refined carbs and saturated fats in your diet if you want to lose weight. Fighting off cravings can be difficult, but it’s not impossible, so make sure to check our guide on how to deal with food cravings!
The key to a successful fitness journey without setbacks is allowing your body to rest and recover properly before hitting the gym again. Regardless of the intensity of your workouts, your muscles and joints still experience stress and built-up tension over time, and not resting properly means potentially overworking or even injuring them.
Resting doesn’t just mean having adequate training splits so that you don’t train the same muscles back to back and give them a chance to recover, but also prioritizing sleep! During sleep is when most of the repair processes happen, so try to avoid pulling all-nighters and focus on getting around 7-9 hours of sleep per night.
Keep a fitness journal
Tracking your progress is one of the best things you can do for your fitness goals, regardless of what you’re after or what kind of workout plan you’re following. This is because seeing progress in the mirror might take a while, but the numbers on your fitness journal never lie!
By writing down how much you lift each day, how many reps you do, and how many pounds you lose you’ll be able to visualize where you are in your summer fitness journey, how far you’ve come, and how much you have left to achieve. Plus, it makes it easier when it comes to improving your workout and increasing the intensity for better gains!
Add supersets to your workouts
If you’re not familiar with supersets yet, they’re a style of training that consists of performing two different exercises back to back with little to no rest in between. While there are different types of supersets, the most common one involves performing exercises that target opposing muscle groups, such as chest and back muscles.
The reason why you should try supersets is that they’re great for every fitness goal due to how they’re set up! They increase fat burning, help promote muscle hypertrophy (growth), and increase your overall endurance in addition to helping you save a ton of time since you can fit more exercises in a single workout.
Split your cardio workouts
No matter what your goal is, chances are that your workout routine includes some form of cardio. And even though you’re probably used to doing your cardio all at once either at the start or the end of your workout, it might be time to start splitting it throughout the day to increase fat loss benefits!
If your goal is doing 45 minutes of cardio on a specific day, you can do 15 minutes on an empty stomach, then 15 minutes during your daily workout, and then the remaining 15 minutes before you have dinner. This will keep your metabolism high throughout the day, helping you burn more calories at rest in between sessions!
Stay active outside of the gym
Leading an active lifestyle usually means that you work out several times a week, and that’s where a lot of active people draw the line. However, if what you want is to achieve your goals as soon as possible to get ready for summer, staying active outside of the gym will help you do just that!
Now, this doesn’t mean getting out of the gym and immediately going on a 6-mile run, or practicing sports in between workouts. It could be something as simple as taking the stairs instead of the elevator whenever you can, or biking to the store instead of driving if you have the chance. Anything other than just sitting around at home works!
Get in shape just in time for the summertime
Even if you don’t have any plans for the summer yet, it’s never too late to start getting serious with your fitness goals. With these tips, you’ll be on your way to achieving them safely and in no time so you can be the best version of yourself inside and outside the gym!
And remember, if you need some help planning your workouts to prepare for summer or a place where to track all your progress, check the Fit With Iulia app!
The app features goal-focused workouts created by Iulia herself every week to help you achieve your strength training and weight loss goals in no time, along with the right training splits and resting times and even a fitness journal feature. Simply download the Fit With Iulia app and try our 7-day free trial today!