It’s no secret that almost every girl envies the hot Victoria’s Secret bods gracing the cover of every fashion magazine, catalog, and, dare I say, the annual Victoria’s Secret fashion show. With summer fast approaching, we all want a hot beach-bod. Don’t think for a moment the average VS model will binge on buffalo wings or skip a workout. In fact, most VS models are pretty dedicated to their health and take good care of themselves. If you’re looking to work out like a VS model, try some of these workout ‘secrets’.
1. Interval Training
Gone are the days of hopping on the elliptical or bike and playing on your phone for 30 minutes working out at a leisurely pace. If you want true results, you’re going have to work for them. Interval training is a great way to maximize your fat burning efforts, and the go-to cardio technique for VS models and other celebrities. It’s as simple as sprinting on any cardio machine for 1-2 minutes, then recovering for 2-3 minutes. Repeat this process 10-15 times for a cardio workout that will tone your legs, improve heart health and lung function, and help you achieve that beach-bod just in time for bikini season.
2. Go Heavy
Are you still lifting the same weights you lifted at the gym six months ago? Actually, I take that back. Do you even lift!? If not, get your ass in that weight room now! Besides preventing osteoporosis and maintaining good joint health, lifting weights helps you build toned legs, lean arms, and booty to match! Also, don’t be afraid of lifting heavier weights from time to time. You won’t bulk up and it’s actually the heavier weights that stimulate muscle growth and fat loss.
Ever wonder how those VS models sculpt their defined shoulders and lean arms? Chances are they superset. If you’re trying to achieve definition, same muscle group supersetting is the way to go. You perform two exercises for the same muscle group in a row without rest. Pairing a chest press with dumbbell fly is a classic superset plenty of VS models do to keep their upper bodies lean and in shape.
Plyometrics are defined as any exercise that involves jumping or hopping to facilitate cardiovascular fitness and muscular development. And no, jumping up and down when your favorite store at the mall has a sale does NOT count. Some great beginner plyometric exercises are jumping lunges and box jumps. Plyometric exercises are especially great for the lower body, helping define your quads and sculpt your glutes. They also burn loads of calories, which is great if you’re trying to shed a few pounds before summer. VS models incorporate plyometrics regularly into their routines to give their legs a toned but strong look.
5. Circuit Training
Have you ever had to choose between hitting the gym and hitting the bar on a Friday night? Now you can do both! Circuit training is another technique used by celebrities to maximize results in as little time as possible. By performing multiple exercises one after another with no rest in between, you’ll burn fat and build muscle at the same time. A sample circuit could be a set of pushups, a set of squats, a set of bicep curls, and a set of crunches all performed with no rest in between exercises. If you have time, try writing down your circuits before you hit the gym. This strategy will keep you organized and ensure you hit all major muscle groups.
6. Spinning and Barre Classes
Spinning classes are making a comeback and barre classes are all the rage these days. If you’re looking for an intense cardio workout, spinning and cycling classes have your name written all over them. These self-paced classes are great for all fitness levels as you control how much you want to challenge yourself which I would hope is a lot. If you’re looking for a full body workout that tones and strengthens, a barre class could be perfect for you. Both classes work your lower body very effectively, helping you burn fat and tone up at the same time. A lot of VS models and celebrities like these classes because they promote lean, sculpted muscles. Check out your campus gym and see what classes are offered.
7. Keeping Things Fresh
The number one problem I see with girls at the gym is they perform the same exercises over and over and over again. You’re not going to see results if you continue to squat with the same dumbbells month after month. To change your physique and see noticeable results, you need to get out of your comfort zone. Try one or two new exercises each week and see how your body responds!
Working out doesn’t need to be a back-breaking and tedious task you only do when sweat pants are all that fit you. Incorporating new techniques and strategies can make the gym bearable and even fun! Try any of these techniques at your next gym sesh for a workout that works and get ready for that swim suit bod.
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