We've officially entered holiday season! Halloween candy in October, Thanksgiving feasts in November, Christmas cookies in December, Valentine's Day chocolates in February...our bodies — and willpower! — are certainly put to the test when it comes to food and healthy eating during this time of year.
No need to feel guilty, though. Just work it off! Whether you've been working out consistently or just starting, this workout will help you tighten up and look your best.
This workout consists of exercises that are meant to be done with a challenging weight and few repetitions. The heavy weight, low rep program helps your body burn fat more efficiently, builds lean muscle and speeds up results.
You don't have to worry about bulking up because your body won't be under tension for an extended period of time. The longer the body is under tension (10-15 repetitions) the more muscle breakdown occurs which results in a bulkier look. Fewer repetitions with heavier weight will get you that toned, lean look without adding mass.
Pre-Holiday Shape Up Workout
You'll need two sets of dumbbells: one set for lower body moves (30-40 lbs), one set for upper body moves (20-30 lbs). Perform the entire routine five times through, and repeat 3-4 times per week.