Swimsuit Season: How To Get Bikini Ready

Step one in the race for the beach is getting yourself healthy & in shape. And, of course, mentally preparing yourself… 🙂 So read on for what my Swimsuit Shape-Up plan is and some great tips & suggestions for getting yourself ready for your first beach, river, pool trip of the season!

Swimsuit Shape-Up:

My four-week plan to get bikini ready hinges on three important factors: (1) Spending some quality time at the gym, (2) Making healthy food choices, and (3) Staying motivated. For me the third is almost as important as the first two in terms of reaching my goals. We’ve all gone on a super healthy kick only to burn out a few days later and fall off the wagon!


Here’s my plan for the next four weeks:

  1. Eat Clean – No takeout, nothing processed, no packaged foods. Whole foods only. Smoothies, salads, stir fried or sautéed veggies & raw produce. Not sure what to snack on when you’re busy or traveling? Try baby carrots + hummus, Larabars, raw almonds, or a healthy sweet treat like mini gluten-free protein cakes or energy bites.
  2. 4-5 Weekly Workouts – Getting to the gym consistently is incredibly important so I’ll be aiming for 4-5 workouts a week including full-body circuits, core focused routines, and physical therapy. Plus daily walking.

Tips & Recommendations:

Sometimes, as hard as you work, the day you have to suit-up is thwarted by bloat or water weight. FitSugar is full of tips for getting back to your lean self – Flat Belly, Fast: 15 Ways to Debloat Today.


Your mentality when it comes to bikini time is important – Like with most of life’s obstacles, if you approach it with a negative mindset you won’t get the results you’re hoping for. Not sure how to improve your outlook? Read Garance Dore’s Don’t Freak Out.

Does the idea of adding weight training to your fitness routine intrigue you but you’re not sure what the first step should be or where to start? Check out Natalie Jill Fitness’s You HAVE to lift HEAVY if You Want to Lean Out and Change Your Body for some great insights!

Not sure what foods are best in the last few days before a trip? Try rehydrating and fiber-filled fruits and vegetables – MindBodyGreen has all the details in their 5 Best Foods For A Beach Body.

Something to keep in mind when you’re working hard to meet a fitness goal are the perils of over-training. If you don’t give yourself enough time for recovery and get enough sleep, you won’t see the results you’re hoping for. Check out this great piece on rolling our your muscles from Women’s Health – Soothe Muscle Soreness.

What are YOU doing to get yourself ready for swimsuit season?


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49 Responses to Swimsuit Season: How To Get Bikini Ready

  1. wow great tips… -gig-

  2. I never thought of lifting some weight cause I always had this idea of what kind of body image as the result from weight lifting…but your post made a good point actually…it is still pretty much needed for a more toned body…thanks! 😀

    • I can’t recommend weights highly enough – My body is so much leaner & stronger now, with NO added bulk! 🙂

  3. Great plan! I’m soo tempted to try this.. My Ortho banned me from lifting weights 🙁 for another year until I recover from my Knee Surgery .. 🙁


    • Bodyweight exercises like push-ups, horizontal pulls, planks etc. are great alternatives. And bonus, you can do them at home! 🙂

  4. I just recently hit back to gym as I have upcoming travels especially on beaches in the coming months, shaping up might be hard for the food lover like me but self discipline would be a plus 😉

    • I’m in the same boat Cheryl – The kitchen is my happy place! 🙂 I’ve found that you feel much less deprived if you give yourself some small indulgences, just keep portions in mind!

  5. Great tips! Thank you!

  6. Loved that Don’t Freak Out image (and article). You look pretty fit to me, but it’s always nice to want to stay in shape and be healthier. Definitely a great regimen of workouts, better eating and inspiration. I have 2 weeks before I go to Jamaica and my main hurdle is the eating part, so you’ll be my inspiration. 🙂

    Oh to Be a Muse
    Shop Layered Muse

    • I’m honored! 🙂 I think if you stick to healthy, whole foods you’ll be good – I find that I lose water weight almost immediately when I cut out processed & pre-made foods due to added sodium, sweeteners & synthetic ingredients.

  7. Over here, we can wear a swimsuit on a daily basis if we wished to? I don’t care about that because I prefer to stay AWAY from the sun hahaha

    • Haha. Me too! I love water & vacations with swimming, snorkling & SCUBA diving – But I’ll never be a sunbather. SPF 60 for this pale girl! 🙂

  8. Wow, you have some serious willpower girl! Good for you!! Thanks for sharing your tips! 🙂

  9. lovely tips and goals! Good luck – stick with it! ♥

    • Thanks for the support Tianna! 🙂 Nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable in your suit.

  10. I recently started my gym routine again ( at least 5 days a week) and have started eating much healthier again. Kale is my best friend 🙂 I too have cut out processed food and fast food, yuck! I love to snack on celery with dried cranberries it’s so delicious and healthy.

    Good luck on your fitness journey

    xx Donald of Très Charmant

  11. nice tips. time sure flies…it was my new year’s resolution to get swimsuit ready by summer, and it’s already summer!

    Win a Summery Blue Satchel!

  12. Dora

    I totally agree. Having the right mindset helps a lot!I found your lovely blog on IFB and started following 🙂 Stop by sometime for a visit. If you like what you see you can follow through GFC, Bloglovin or Facebook for the latest updates 🙂

    • Thank you for stopping by Dora, I’m so glad you enjoyed the site. I’ll be sure to visit you! <3

  13. This is a great post I have been working really hard to loose some weight specially around the belly and your totaly right eating healthy and exercising helps a lot.

    Thanks for the tips 🙂

    Leslie xoxo

    • I’m so glad that you’re making progress Leslie – That’s great to hear! Keep up the good work. <3

  14. Yay for Swimsuit season, while I am in no means ready- I could use a little sun in my life. 😉 I did go for a 4 mile run today. You should join me one of these wednesday’s at Nike Run Club.

    xo Carlina

    • I wish I could Carlina! I’m recovering from a spinal injury so high-impact activities are still out – Core & PT are my bread & butter. Fingers crossed I can come out with you in a couple months!

  15. Great tips you got here dear! Although I wont be able to wear a bikini very soon, I still think these tips are the best!

    • I’m *hopefully* getting bikini ready – Though I don’t actually have a vacation planned… 🙂

  16. Great!!! I think that bikini season will never arrive to Austria!



  17. I really need to follow the first one! I keep getting psyched and then feeling tired and lazy 😛

    But I’m gonna try again!

    The Style Hippie

  18. Great tips!! I agree with clean eating; I’ve been trying really hard to eat more ‘real’ food 😀

    • I think that’s key. I feel like most of what we eat shouldn’t have packaging! 🙂

  19. Wow!!! Now this is really necessary in this scrotching heat.. Great tips you’ve given <3 GIG xoxox

  20. Here we getting into winter, but will keep this post in mid for summer 😀 Visiting thanks to GIG
    <3 Val

  21. I bought a healthy sports juice today 🙂 Tasted natural and fresh.

  22. Those tips are really amazing!!!

    GIG member
    Style Without Limits

  23. Great tips! I think it is important to be taking care of yourself and doing what YOU want to do, otherwise you can lose motivation quickly. So take care of other parts of your life as well!


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