Power Up For Sum­mer

Take your body in a badass new di­rec­tion with our ex­clu­sive four-week trans­for­ma­tion plan

Women's Health (South Africa) - - CONTENTS - BY JEN ATOR PHO­TOGRAPHS BY SEAN LAURÉNZ

This four-week tone-up plan is your ticket to a hot bod

Whether you’ve been crank­ing out sweat ses­sions all spring or you haven’t set foot in­side the gym in months, right now is the per­fect time to shake things up. And we’ve got the per­fect twist. Dy­namic, ex­plo­sive work­outs – what ex­perts re­fer to as “power” or “re­ac­tive” train­ing – use leaps and bounds, jumps and throws to build func­tional strength and boost your ath­leti­cism. They also en­gage more mus­cles with ev­ery rep and teach your ner­vous sys­tem to re­cruit those mus­cles faster, which helps burn more kilo­joules dur­ing your work­out – and for hours af­ter as well. Con­sider them your ex­press ticket to a hum­ming me­tab­o­lism and a lean, strong bod. Ex­cited? In­tim­i­dated? Not to worry. “A lot of peo­ple feel daunted by the speed of some of the moves, which is to­tally un­der­stand­able,” says Joe Dowdell, owner of on­line train­ing plat­form Dowdell Fit­ness Sys­tems. Our four-week chal­lenge isn’t about end­less burpees and box jumps. In­stead, we’re set­ting you up with doable moves that nat­u­rally build mo­men­tum as you work your way through the plan, so you feel stronger, fit­ter and more con­fi­dent, all sum­mer long.

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