Shape up for Summer with the 12WBT

Fitness // Tim Pittorino, BHSC

With the swimsuit season fast approaching, I thought I’d share a few exercises from our extensive 12WBT library. These exercises help shrink your waistline AND increase your bust/pecs, and hopefully add a touch of confidence too!

Even though all exercises are beneficial, doing certain ones can change the shape of your body quite significantly. For example there are certain exercises that help strengthen your core muscles, but they can also increase the thickness of your waist! These exercises are highly beneficial for a Rugby player but not the best look for the summer season.

When you have limited time to train, it is imperative that you choose the very best exercises that suit your goals. If it’s a more curvaceous or shapely look you’re after try the following three exercises:

Exercise 1: Staying Young

This exercise works the muscles that help lift your chest up, it also gives the bust/pecs an overall better shape.

                Incline bench press - start position                    Incline bench press - execution

Exercise 2: Tightening the waist

Unlike some core exercises this one helps tighten your side muscles and shrink your waistline, you can do them on your knees or toes. Try aiming for 1 minute each side.

Side plank - toes            Side plank - knees

Exercise 3: Standing tall

This exercise will help pull your shoulder blades down and back into good posture, which will help lift your chest up and flatten out your stomach, it also helps you tone and shape your butt. Trying doing 1 minute of these.

Alternating back extension - start position            Alternating back extension - execution

So there you have three small steps towards a better body this summer. Of course your shape will also improve when you lose any excess weight, so if you’re interested in improving your body shape this summer give the 12 Week Body Transformation a go! You have nothing to lose, except unwanted weight that is and so much to gain!