Are you looking to get shredded for the summer? Many people want to achieve a good summer look, which means they get in shape to look their best during the warmer months of the year.
In addition to looking your best for your holiday photos, getting beach ready can also help you to feel more confident about yourself. Everyone needs more confidence, and an extra boostt can be life changing.
So, how can you get in the best shape for this summer? Read on to find out.
Set a Realistic Goal
The first step towards a summer shred is setting yourself a goal. It is important to be realistic here. You may want to look like Chris Hemsworth, but setting an unrealistic goal will cause you to lose motivation.
Spend some time thinking about what kind of summer body you want to achieve, whether this is slimming down, increased definition, or adding muscle. You can then set yourself a goal to work towards.
Setting a realistic goal includes a time frame. You cannot expect to change overnight. A good summer shred, or any shred in general, takes months. Starting a regimen one week out from a trip to the beach most likely will not get you where you want to go. You need to start early, and be consistent.
Small, obtainable goals are best. Of course, you CAN set a goal of losing 20/50/100lbs in the long term. Setting those types of goals with too short of a timeframe leads to unrealized results and a demoralized mindset when you cannot reach an impossible goal.
Control Your Diet
The old saying “you can’t outrun a bad diet” is (unfortunately) very true. To achieve a summer shred, you need to be a bit more strict with your diet. This is often the hardest part of any lifestyle change.
For a summer shred, you want to focus on protein try to get about 1g per pound of body weight per day regardless of goal. You can then add healthy fats, fruits, grains, and lots of green, leafy vegetables to your meals.
If you are trying to lose weight, you need to be on a calorie deficit. To gain weight weight, you need a calorie surplus. Recomposition (changing your appearance, usually from a more jiggly presentation to a harder, more defined look) requires an intake of calories at your maintenance level.
Additionally, supplements can be useful but should never substitute food. They are supplemental. It’s in the name. You must also stay hydrated with around 3-4 liters of water daily.
Many people find using meal prep and healthy online recipes the best way to stay in control of their diet during a summer shred.
Create a Schedule
Next, create a schedule. This is important because it allows you to prioritize training and fit in your workouts around other parts of your life. It is also helpful in terms of tracking your progress and boosting your motivation.
Again, it is important to be realistic here. If you plan to pump iron every day, you will quickly burn out and lose motivation. Remember, rest days are just as important as workouts. Include a day or two off each week at minimum.
It is helpful to alternate your exercises so that you can give your body rest while still getting in enough exercise to see results quickly. As an example, you could run on Monday, do upper body on Tuesday, work legs on Wednesday, and then go back to running on Thursday. You can do a push-pull-legs split, an upper-lower split, a bro split (not recommended, but possible), or any combination that works for you.
A schedule of how many times you want to work out is a great place to start, and can help you narrow down how you are going to tackle the next step.
Find a Fitness Program
Once you know what kind of summer body you want to achieve, the next best step is to find a fitness program tailored to your goals that is created by health and fitness experts.
The best summer shred programs are 3+ months long and include workouts AND nutritional guidance. Having a great workout is a fantastic start, but without the extra nutritional focus you are not going to make the progress you want.
We have online fitness programs, prebuilt workouts, and 1-on-1 training plans to choose from. These programs will give you structure and help you to get the exact summer shred you are looking for.
If you are looking for something, but don’t want to commit a ton of funds to a program you are unsure of, download the 1st Phorm app from our offerings page. The shear amount of stuff you get in the app compared to the low price is a fantastic value.
Kickstart Your Summer Shred Now and Get Results
Hopefully, this post will inspire you to get started with your summer shred now and smash your targets.
To get beach ready, you need to put in the work, and it can be tough. This will only make being in the best shape of your life all the more rewarding, though, and give you a confidence boost this summer.
Reach out to us today to learn more about how we can help you to achieve your ideal summer body.
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At CONDITIONerd we are here to help you achieve better physical and mental health through exercise. Check out the plans we offer to our customers and see if you could benefit from working with our team. And if you have questions, you can always contact a CONDITIONerd team member.
Personal trainers, like those found here, can help guide you on your pathway towards reaching your fitness goals, whether that is getting bigger, stronger, faster, more lean, or just generally feeling better.
We can get you setup with a periodized workout plan, supplement information, and advice on nutrition to help you reach your goals.
The only thing you need is some motivation and a willingness to change some old habits.
Get into contact with us to find out what membership is right for you. In a CONDITIONerd program, you’ll be surrounded by others who can help you to get where you want to be.
Generally, our clients start to see some pretty awesome changes in 2-3 months time, some sooner.