The Malibu body

Steal the beach-physique secret of the locals: Working out on the sand.

From Point Dume to Zuma, the beaches of Malibu are gathering spots for some of the fittest bodies around—and it's no coincidence. The allure of sea breezes and sunshine (with SPF) aside, left-coast dwellers know that working out at the beach can confer some serious better-body payoffs. In fact, if the last thing you sculpted in the sand was castle-shaped, you’re missing out.

Stephanie Vitorino, group fitness manager at Equinox West LA, recommends mixing up your routine with plyometrics-based sessions by the shore, specifically. “The instability of sand requires more core activation and creates resistance as you pull, push and jump, so your body gets fit fast,” she says. “Since sand is so forgiving on the joints, it really allows you to take your plyometrics training to a higher intensity.”

And you can consider this routine, modeled by group fitness instructor Frank Mentier, a prelude to your session on the water, as Vitorino designed these moves with hydrophilic Malibu-ites in mind: “These dry-land moves are designed to work your body functionally for summer activities like surfing, swimming, and paddle-boarding.”

Do this workout as a circuit, completing all six exercises without rest, then repeat 2 to 3 times with one minute recovery in between each circuit. And then, yes, by all means hit the towel for a well-deserved beach nap.

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