So you made it through swimsuit season. You got to soak up the sun after all those months hitting the gym extra hard to get toned enough to strut the beach (not to mention those months of maintenance to keep it that way). So, make a pact with yourself right now: Don’t do what you did last year. Don’t wait until May to start your New Year’s resolution to get more active. The beach days may be over for now, but this year, make your body a priority—no matter the weather. We sought guidance from some of the county’s top trainers. Here, they give us a few off-season workouts to keep you looking fit and fierce all year long.
The Move: Plank
1. Get into push-up position, lying face down with your toes curled upward, heels off the ground.
2. Bend your elbows, and keep them in line with your shoulders. Rest your weight on your toes and your forearms so that your body forms a straight line.
3. Hold this position for 30 seconds to one minute.
The Expert: Jason Turek, lead trainer at New York Sports Club in Hartsdale
The Move: Overhead Triceps Extension
1. Stand tall, feet shoulder width apart. Holding one dumbbell in two hands, lift your arms over your head until they are fully extended, palms facing the ceiling.
2. Bend your arms back so that they are perpendicular to the floor. Keep your elbows close to your head.
3. Return to starting position, raising your arms back up. Keep your upper arm stationary, only moving your forearms.
4. Complete 8-12 reps (women) or 12-15 reps (men), and repeat two to three times.
The Expert: Sal Gaglio, celebrity trainer and owner of Sal’s Pro Sport & Fitness Academy in Briarcliff Manor
The Move: Lunges
1. Stand straight with your feet apart at hip width.
2. Step forward with a long stride, bending your knees at 90-degree angles. Hold your back in a vertical position, keeping your spine still and tall.
3. Without moving your torso, bounce back into your original position, keeping your abdominal muscles tight.
4. Complete 8-12 reps, alternating legs or all on the same side before switching. Repeat three to four times.
The Expert: Vadim Vilensky, exercise physiologist and owner of Vadim Fitness Studio in Scarsdale