Bikini workouts: Buffing up to brave the beach

Mon Apr 5, 2010 6:28am EDT
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By Dorene Internicola

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Spring is here and women everywhere are beginning to panic at the approach of bikini weather.

If you've let your workout slide under the comfort of bulky layers and winter coats, experts say now is the time to jumpstart a year-round fitness regimen.

"Spring shape ups, getting ready for that bikini are always a great thing to help inspire you to stay in shape for the long run," said Jeanette Jenkins, an LA-based fitness expert and founder of The Hollywood Trainer company.

For the very determined, Jenkins, who counts Queen Latifah and Christina Applegate among her clients, has created the Bikini Bootcamp DVD, a fierce, non-stop regimen designed to whip that winter body into summer shape.

"It's a super-high intensity workout to really maximize results so you can look good in a bikini," said Jenkins. "When you have a very short amount of time you need quick results."

The first 30 minutes rotate high-intensity cardio activities, like sprints, squat thrusts and jumping jacks.

"You do one circuit of four exercises for five minutes, then switch to another," she said.

That's followed by 30 minutes of sculpting moves to tone and define.   Continued...

<p>Jeanette Jenkins, creator of Bikini Bootcamp DVD, and class demonstrate the skate exercise in Van Nuys, California, April 2009. REUTERS/Ali Vossough/Handout</p>