What Did You Do on Summer Vacation?

What Did You Do on Summer Vacation?

Q: What did you do on your Summer Vacation? A: Slimmed, Sculpted!

What did you do on your summer vacation? Did you sip pina coladas on the beach? Go fishing on a lake? Eat ice cream on a cruise?

Or did you take your workout with you?

It’s not too late to learn how to work out anywhere you go, without equipment, for the rest of the warm months. With Labor Day around the corner this is the perfect time to practice packing your fitness routine so you don’t put off your workouts until Thanksgiving and winter holidays!

Here are 3 cardio moves you can do anywhere, from my Fit Travel Workout DVD. They all have one thing in common: Plyometrics (for more on plyometrics, email nikki@​nikkifitness.​com for last week’s newsletter). This is a way to get toning in with your cardio, but they can be intense and are best performed if you have been working out for a while and are in shape already.

Jumping Lunges

This simple move takes a right lunge, then you jump up in the air to scissor the legs and land with the left leg in front in a lunge. Do 20 repetitions.

Squat Thrusts

This move uses an 8 count and is great to do with music. Perform 2 jumping jacks (counts 1,2), then squat toward the floor and place hands by feet.

Jump the legs back into a plank (counts 3,4) do a pushup (counts 5,6), then jump the legs back towards the hands and stand up (7,8). Perform 10 repetitions.

Rock-​​Climber Jacks

Similar to squat thrusts, this move takes you to the floor, but included more jacks and ab work instead of pushups. Do 10 jacks. Come to the floor into a plank just like in our last move, then, holding the plank, bring the right leg in towards the chest and quickly switch and bring the left leg in and straighten the right. Repeat right, left, right, left for 20. Then push both legs into plank, jump them in towards the hands and stand for 10 more jacks. Trainer tip: while switching legs keep hips low to the ground and hands under the shoulders. Avoid letting hips raise to the sky and shoulders creep back and behind the hands.

Repeat each move in the series for a set of 3. Then replace the pina colada with an iced green tea and find some air conditioning.

Fitness, Fit it in.

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NikkiFitness is a personal trainer, group exercise instructor, writer and publicist living in New York City. She started as a cheerleader at Syracuse University, but became certified in fitness before her beach wedding so that she could get back in shape. Laura, a graduate student, working mom, and military wife, inspired Nikki's Military Wife Workout (MWW) for all military wives. Find more articles by Nikki at her Military Fitness Center archive. Learn more at www.nikkifitness.com.

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