Ten Bodyweight Exercises to Get You in Shape for Summer

By Gabi Lozada

Summer is literally right around the corner. With this in mind, many of us are trying to get that perfect beach body ready for when the school bell finally rings for the last time. This is the perfect workout for just that. Down below are 10 exercises that will get you in shape for summer and the beach. Do each exercise for 40 seconds and repeat this circuit twice.  

Side to Side Push Ups

  • Push up to one side, hands come close together in the center, move hand to the other side and push up
  • Great core engaging exercise

High Plank Leg Lifts

  • Stay in a high plank while alternating leg lifts
  • Make sure your hands and hips are in line with your shoulders
  • Engages core, legs, and glutes
  • Great exercise to strengthen core and booty

High Plank Knee to Elbow

  • Stay in a high plank and bring your knee to meet the elbow above it
  • Alternate between each
  • Make sure that your hands are in line with your shoulders
  • Engages core, legs, and glutes
  • Great exercise for abs and obliques

Mountain Climbers

  • Stay in a high plank while bringing your knee to the opposite elbow
  • Engage your core
  • Move as quickly as possible while maintaining control
  • Great fat-burning cardio exercise that gives you great abs

Superman

  • Lay on your stomach and use your core to raise your arms and legs
  • Once your arms are raised, pull them back to create a U shape (squeeze your shoulder blades together)
  • Great exercise to strengthen lower back and core

Side Lunges

  • Lunge to each side
  • Be sure to keep your core engaged and your chest up
  • Make sure that your knee does not pass your foot when you’re bending
  • Sit back and low
  • This exercise works your glutes, quadriceps, adductors, abductors, hamstrings, calves, and your core

Curtsy Lunges

  • Step back and lunge
  • Make sure that your knee doesn’t pass your foot when you’re bending
  • Keep your core engaged and chest up
  • This exercise gives you strong legs and a strong butt

Jump Squats

  • Squat and jump straight up
  • Engage your core and keep your chest up
  • Keep weight on your heels
  • Keep your knees behind your toes
  • Great exercise for your legs and butt

Inchworms

  • Bend down to touch your toes, then walk your hands out into plank position, walk your hands back to your toes
  • Try to keep your legs as straight as possible
  • Keep hands directly under shoulders
  • Engage your core to protect your back
  • This exercise is great to improve flexibility and to strengthen your core and upper body

Tricep Dips

  • Sit on your behind with your knees up, plant your hands and feet, and push up your upper body
  • Keep your fingers facing towards your feet and toes facing forward
  • Dip as low as possible without your butt touching the mat
  • Focus support and weight on your arms