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Summer Workout Tips From L.A.’s Top Trainers

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    We have a love-hate relationship with working out in the summer. Yes, we can finally get off the treadmill and into the open air, but there are a lot of other things calling our names. Out-of-town wedding? No choice but to attend. After-work drinks with colleagues at a beer garden? Don't mind if we do. A Saturday lazing in the sand with a new book? Necessary.

    That said, nothing motivates us like a good group fitness class — complete with plenty of swag, if at all possible. That's exactly what we got when we co-hosted SIX-Hour Burn, a series of sweat-inducing 50-minute workouts, with SIX:02 at the retailer’s Santa Monica store. And, just in case you couldn’t make it, we tapped the event’s six star trainers for their best summer workout tips. Add them into your routine — after that beach day and before happy hour, of course.


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    "Summer allows more freedom in our schedules, so it’s the best time of year to change it up every week, whether that means beach workouts or trying a new studio. When we see the same thing or work out at the same place, our bodies get comfortable, which can potentially make us stagnant. When we see something new, we can motivate our bodies to push harder." —Roddy Gonzalez, group fitness instructor at Cyclepathic

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    "Set your alarm for 9 a.m., stop what you are doing, and hold a plank for as close to one minute as you can. Regular ab work is crucial for all sports, general fitness, and overall cross-training. It's the simplest and quickest way to make a huge and noticeable difference in your body." —Pat Bailey, bhakti flow yoga teacher

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    "I believe that journaling is a fun and useful tool. Writing down goals, workout sessions, how you feel, and daily successes is huge. Challenge yourself to be better than the last day — it’s rewarding both mentally and physically." —Joni David, NTC trainer

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    "Take advantage of longer days. Begin your workouts earlier in the morning, or try doing them a little later at night. With the sun out for a longer period of time, your mind and body are more receptive to working out at different times, which makes it that much easier to create a schedule that you can stick to. And, set a goal. Are you looking to run a marathon? Hike a large mountain? Whatever it may be, work toward something." —Jennifer "JJ Dancer" Johnson, creator of the JJ Dancer Technique

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    "For a quick full-body workout, complete one-minute worth of high-knees-to-burpees. Bring knees up to your waist as quickly as possible, five times on each side. Then, do a burpee by squatting with your hands on the ground, jumping both feet back into a straight-arm plank, and then moving back up to your starting squat position. Repeat. This hits your legs, arms, and core — and it gets your heart rate up." —Rachel Bocchino, cycling instructor at Cyclepathic