The Bikini Body Cardio Workout for Every Fitness Level

The Bikini Body Cardio Workout for Every Fitness Level

Summer’s not here yet, which means that there’s still plenty of time to get your body into tip-top bikini shape. Whether you’re looking to trim down your belly, sculpt your thighs or tone your arms, the first step is to reduce your body’s overall percentage of body fat. This cardio workout will do just that by using high-intensity intervals.  Whether you like to run, use the elliptical, climb stairs or cycle, this simple, yet effective cardio workout will blast away fat from your body’s trouble zones and get you in bikini shape in time for summer.

Try to fit in these cardio workouts between 4-6 days a week, although something is always better than nothing! If you’ve never done interval training before, start with the beginner workout and work your way up once you feel comfortable. The best thing about this workout is that you can do any kind of cardio – you only need to be able to adjust the pacing.

Interval Workout: Beginner
Warm up for 5-10 minutes at a slow pace. Once your muscles have loosened up, increase machine to a moderate pace. You shouldn’t have to work too hard to keep this pace – it should feel natural. Keep this pace for 2 minutes. Then increase the pace to a moderately hard pace (a light jog or slow run). You should be able to speak, but not very easily. Maintain this pace for 30 seconds. Repeat this cycle 8 times.

Interval Workout: Intermediate
Warm up for 5-10 minutes at a slow pace.

-Slow Interval – moderate pace for 1 minute

-Fast Interval –  hard pace for 1 minute

Repeat 10-12 times.

Interval Workout: Advanced
Warm up for 5-10 minutes at a slow pace. Because this workout is very intense, you may need to increase the slow interval to 1 minute 30 seconds or even 2 minutes on occasion.

-Slow Interval – moderate pace for 1 minute

-Fast Interval – near your max pace for 1 minute. This pace should tire you out as if you were sprinting.

Repeat 10-12 times.