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Even if the polar vortex is still in full swing where you live, you will be trading in puffy coats for tank tops before you know it. Luckily, you do not have to log tons of time at the gym to tone your core and your arms—just use moves that sculpt both body parts at the same time. Personal trainer and stand-up paddle (SUP) instructor Shannon MacDowell says that several SUP movements fire up the muscles in your arms, shoulders, and upper back—while engaging your entire core.
Summer is finally here, and we have switched up our wardrobes to include the breeziest and lightest tank tops and shorts. That is why I am back with Anna for another exciting fitness video for you, where we will be focusing on our arms and cores to flaunt our swimsuits and sexy summer dresses. My all-time favorite personal trainer Anna will be guiding us through today’s workout, showing us some quick and effective exercises that we can do literally anywhere – in the gym, on the beach, at home, or even at the office!

Anna is also here to remind you to stay hydrated during and after working out to boost your metabolism, improve your energy levels, and even help you get better sleep. Drinking water also keeps you more alert and awake. Moreover, trust me on this, drinking double the amount of water you normally do WILL make you look younger – I have tried it myself!

So without further ado, here are five effective and quick workouts that are guaranteed to fire up the muscles in your upper body while engaging your entire core to get the kind of abs that you want to flaunt.

Exercise 1: Plank Hold x 30 seconds

Come down to the floor into plank position onto your forearms, keeping your back straight and your abs tight for 30 seconds.

Exercise 2: Pushup with Rotation x10 on each side

Come onto your toes if you find this hard, drop down on your knees into a push-up, rotating through the top, and then back down again. Change arms with each turn.

Exercise 3: Single Leg Dip x 10 each side

Get down on the floor with one leg in the air, pushing on the other leg while dipping your arms down and then pushing at the top. Squeeze your arms, and allow your weight to go through them. Repeat 10 times for each leg.

Exercise 4: Reclining Cycle x 20 Rep

Also referred to as mountain climbers; come down onto your hands making sure your weight is on your shoulders, then drive your knees through inwards fast while keeping your abs tight. Repeat 20 times.

Exercise 5: Plank Builders x 30 seconds

Go back down to the plank position and keep your abs tight. Push up on your right hand and left arm, then push up on the other side and go back down again for 30 seconds.

Now watch the demonstration of the above in the video below.

That concludes the end of our intense, quick and versatile workout which you can repeat 3 to 4 times a week, and make sure to check out our other fitness videos for a perfect summer body – and lower body workouts in those other days.

What’s your favorite way to workout this summer? Let me know in the comments below!

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