Summer is almost upon us.  Not sure about you, but I love the trim, tanned and toned look for the California weather.  A few tips to keep in mind for your training and nutrition to help bring out the detail we work so hard for.

1.  Prioritize: If you want to see more detail in those ab’s  (for example) then you should prioritize your workout.  Start with ab work in the beginning, and throw some sets throughout the entire session.  That way you have more volume of work for the chosen targeted area.

2.  Fat burning zone:  The leaner you become will directly effect just where your fat burning zone is.  When you have less body fat to give up, your body will want to hold on to it for fear of survival.  Your chosen cardio should be kept at a lower intensity and to be used sparingly to help keep your lean look all summer.

3. Maintenance of muscle:  If your wanting to stay lean, then your probably not in a ‘growth’ cycle at this time.  However, you do want to keep a certain level of intensity in your workout to maintain the muscle you currently have.  Get the intensity up, however, keep it under 30 minutes.  After a good warm-up, plan the muscles/movements you want to target and go at it.  Your looking to create enough of a stimulus to maintain, moreover , not too much where you begin to muscle waste trying to keep up with the high intensity of the given session.

4.  Stay hydrated:  Your muscles will look healthy when you keep them nourished and water is the largest nutrient in them.  Drink up!

5.  Nutrient timing: It’s more important when you eat as supposed to what your eating (I’m speaking to those that already have an awareness of the quality foods they use for their fitness needs).  Be more aware of the meals closer to your workout, after your workout, and before you go to sleep.  Those will keep your body well nourished for the necessary recovery to keep that physique you work so hard for.

Come on summer!

Daniel J Sanidad

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