Log Some Serious Gains This Holiday With This Beach Workout
As the year draws to an end, most of us are logging off our computers to finally get the much needed rest we deserve. But just because you’re on holiday, it doesn’t mean your fitness should take break too. The warmer weather calls for a trip to the ocean, so while you’re there do this strength beach workout and improve your gains this festive season.
You’re used to building muscle with dumbbells, kettlebells, and barbells, but if there are pieces of driftwood on the beach (or trees in your backyard), you may have other options. A fallen log can be an excellent piece of strength-building equipment. If you have one, give these exercises a go. If not, try them at the gym instead.
Watch the video and then scroll below for the descriptions for this beach workout:
Video filmed by Giorgia Young, edited by Holly Masanganye
Stand facing the end of a medium-heavy log, feet slightly wider than shoulder width. Grasp the log with both hands, holding it at your chest. Keep your core tight. Bend at the knees and hips, lowering until your thighs are about parallel to the ground. Stand back up; make sure to squeeze your glutes when you do. That’s 1 rep; do 3 sets of 6 to 8.
Behind The Neck Log Press
Stand with your feet slightly wider than shoulder width. Hold the log with both hands, placing it behind your neck. Keep your core tight. Press the log upwards, straightening your elbows and shoulders. Lower the log, bending your knees slightly as it reaches your shoulders. Stand up straight. That’s 1 rep; do 3 sets of 8 to 10.
Log Lateral Hops
Stand to the right of a large log. Place both hands on the log while still facing forward. Shift your weight onto your hands, keeping your arms straight, then hop over the log, landing on the other side. Struggling to jump over it? Land with both feet on the log for a moment, then land on the other side. Jump back and forth like this for 30 seconds, then rest 30 seconds. Do 3 sets.