Katrina Hodgson, NASM CPT, BS Health Science, has helped thousands reach their goals by designing fitness programs with her workout videos and her website ToneItUp.com. As one of Diet.comís featured personal trainers she hopes to share her passion for fitness and continue to make a positive impact for the Diet.com community.

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Fitness Expert Katrina

by Katrina Hodgson, Diet.com Fitness Expert

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It's crunch time! Spring is finally here and soon you'll be soaking up sun at the beach or pool.

If the thought of slipping into your bikini and going out in public is a scary one, you may be in need of our Spring Into Swimsuit Shape Workout. Warm up to this 5-exercise plan and in just a few short weeks you'll be strutting your stuff with less stress.

This summer, when your family is going on a beach trip or your friends invite you to go to their summer home, I want you to be healthier and more confident! The first thought on your mind should be, "It's a good thing that I started Katrina's workout all those weeks ago, because I look great in my bathing suit!"

How to tone up for a swimsuit

1. Reduce fat

* Creating a healthy deficit in your calories by taking in fewer calories per day than what you expend.
* Exercise and sweat!
* Tone! Use strength training to build the smooth, long muscles that give you a nice shape!

The Spring Into Swimsuit Shape Video!

This circuit burns the most amount of calories while targeting your full body by mixing cardio with strength training exercises!

If you do not have a jump rope you can do the motion. If you cannot jump for fitness limitations I suggest stepping side to side for the given time.

Jump Rope (30 seconds)

Lunge to Bicep Curl to Shoulder press

What It Does: This is a thigh, butt AND arm blaster!
How Many to Do: 10-12 reps for each leg
How to Do It: Keep your knee in line with your ankle and behind your toe while engaging your core, then tuck your belly button into your spine.

Tricep Extensions in Stork Stance

What It Does: This lifts your butt by targeting the back of your leg; it also tones those triceps!
How Many to Do: 24 reps (12 balancing on each leg)
How to Do It: Stand on one leg with a soft knee, squeeze your core, keep your elbows tucked into your sides and kick back the dumbbell slowly and controlled without swinging.

Jump Rope (1 minute)

Physio Ball Push Up and Tuck

What It Does: This great move will not only sculpt your entire ab area for your swimsuit, but also targets your chest and arms!
How Many to Do: 12 push-ups and tucks
How to Do It: Make sure your hands are in line with your shoulders, your core is engaged and your shins and feet are balancing on the ball. Slowly tuck your body in using your abdominal muscles and alternate with a push-up. You can go down as far as you are comfortable.

Leg Lifts with Physio Ball

What It Does: This tones your stubborn inner thighs and flattens both your lower and upper stomach.
How Many to Do: 12 crunches
How to Do It: Press your lower back into the floor. While squeezing the ball with your inner thighs crunch both sides of your body.

V-Sit with Overhead Tricep Extension

What It Does: Wave goodbye to the fat underneath your arm!
How Many to Do: 15 reps
How to Do It: You can have your heels lifted or in the air. Squeeze your abdominal muscles while performing an overhead triceps extension. Keep your elbows tucked in.

Jump Rope (1-2 minutes)

Frog Kicks with Leg Kickbacks

What It Does: Another great exercise that works your entire core, including your lower back, abs and your beach bum!
How Many to Do: 12 each side
How to Do It: With your hands in line with your shoulders, bring one knee to your elbow while squeezing your abdominal and oblique muscles. Slowly kick your leg back by tightening your glute muscles (glutes is a fancy word for your butt).


Have fun! You'll feel it but it'll be so worth it when you slip into your swimsuit.


Katrina Hodgson, www.ToneItUp.com, NASM CPT, BS Health Science, has helped thousands reach their goals by designing fitness programs with her workout videos and her website ToneItUp.com.

@ 7:58am ET on March 21, 2008
there it is! :)

@ 8:28am ET on March 24, 2008
does this actually work

@ 12:30pm ET on May 11, 2008
Hi Katrina. Thank you for the tip! I've just started to workout and I'm currently a student and cannot afford a personal trainer. I was wondering if it would be possible if you can share our daily workout routine for those who don't know what to do and how to start.

Thanks and hope to hear from you soon!

@ 12:03pm ET on April 8, 2010
so i am in need of help...i love this video and it makes me want to go right now...but like others i don't seem to have time between work and classes...can i get some feedback on it...I have really hit the bottom and need to lose it for myself

@ 9:11am ET on January 9, 2011
Hey! Thank you so much :) This looks great, I'm starting today :D

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