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4 Time-Tested Workout Plans for a Summer Shred

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4 Time-Tested Workout Plans for a Summer Shred

The sun, sea and sand time of year is fast approaching, so that can only mean one thing -- bulking season is well and truly over. A lot of people tend to alter their routines in order to get shredded and cut to get that beach-ready look. That said, some fitness programs work better in this area than others. This four-point guide will help you navigate your way to a lean, mean look for summer. 

No 1: HIIT 

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Good old High Intensity Interval Training is a great way to crank up the fat-burning process. Instead of just applying it to cardio, why not apply HIIT to your weights routine?

Equipment: Smith Machine

  • Squats - 10-15 reps (10 seconds rest)
  • Lunges - 10-15 reps (10 second rest)
  • Standing Shoulder press - 10-15 reps (10 second rest)
  • Upright Rows - 10-15 reps (10 second rest)
  • Single Arm Row - 10-15 reps (10 second rest)
  • Standing Bicep curl - 10-15 reps (10 second rest)

Repeat the circuit three times.

No. 2: Tabata

Tabata training is a quick and simple routine that is a form of HIIT. It is based on four minutes of intense interval training/circuit training. A good example is sprinting for 20 seconds and then walking for 10 seconds. Repeat 7 more times for a total of 8 sets (which equals approximately four minutes).

A study by Japanese scientist Dr. Izumi Tabata, who founded Tabata training, found that high intensity training improved VO2 max (or your maximal oxygen consumption) by about 14 percent, while anaerobic capacity improved by 28 percent. These effects will help you shed those extra pounds of fat, while also building lean muscle.

No. 3: Pyramids

Pyramid training is a highly effective training technique that utilizes an upward, then downward sequence in weight, reps or sets to help you maximize your weightlifting goals. Along with enhancing your size and strength gains, it can also help develop better endurance.

Here is an example of ascending Pyramids: Increase the weight and decrease the reps for each set.

  • Set 1 – light weight: 12-16 reps
  • Set 2 – light/medium weight: 10-12 reps
  • Set 3 – medium weight: 8-10 reps
  • Set 4 – heavy weight: 4-6 reps

No. 4: PHA training 

Peripheral Heart Action or better known as PHA was a system which was specifically designed to keep blood circulating throughout the whole body during the entire workout. It essentially allows you to work muscle groups of different extremities to avoid too much lactic acid build up while still allowing you to train hard. With this technique, you will essentially alternate between lower body and upper body movements.

Perform a circuit of 5-6 exercises for about 4-5 rounds.

Here is an example:

  • Barbell squat - 10 reps
  • Military Press - 10 reps
  • Ab Crunches - 10 reps
  • Romanian Deadlift - 8-10 reps
  • Reverse Crunches - 10-12 reps

Repeat this circuit 5 times.

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