Summer is here and it’s time to challenge your mid-section. Long lazy lunches, cocktail parties and probably a fair amount of over-indulgence are all par for the course. And while your core remains relatively easy to train – the results (aka a strong core and a bikini-ready body) can remain elusive, especially with all of the summer activities thrown into the mix. To assist you on your zero to hero bikini mission, Adventure Boot Camp franchisee owner and trainer, Michelle Rozowsky, has put together an ab focused exercise routine to ensure you are beach ready for the December break.

“Cardio, although vital to your fitness, doesn’t always tone those harder to reach places, like your stomach muscles – these areas need more focused exercises,” says Rozowsky.

Mountain climbers:

Get into a press up position so your hands are directly under your chest at shoulder width apart, with straight arms. Your body should form a straight line from your shoulders to your ankles. Lift your right foot off the floor and slowly raise your knee as close to your chest as you can. Return to the starting position and repeat with your left leg. Do 20 – 40 climbers and repeat a few times.

The plank:

Again, get into a press up position with your body forming a straight line from top to bottom. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms. Your elbows should be directly beneath your shoulders, and your body should form a straight line from your head to your feet. Hold the position for as long as you can. Your goal should be to hold it for two minutes.

Russian twist:

To begin, sit with your feet on the floor and knees bent. Hold your arms straight in front of you with the fingers entwined. Lean back approximately 45 degrees, and then twist side to side from your waist. For a more advanced option, hold a weight while twisting. Do 3 sets of 20 twists.

If you want a little help sticking to your workout plan then join Adventure Boot Camp.  ABC classes are available across the country, with each camp being run over a four-week period. Choose a class to suit your schedule – early morning or in the evening – for one, three or five days a week (4, 12 or 20 sessions per month). For more information or to sign up for a camp in your area visit the Adventure Boot Camp website here.