Breakups are rough. You’ve been through them. I’ve been through them. We’ve eaten through tubs of ice cream and eaten more junk food than we care to admit after getting our hearts broken. I’ll tell you a story. I ended up breaking up with my boyfriend a day before I had to run a big race. It was already too late to cancel since I paid the registration fees and I even convinced my sister to join for once. There was just no backing out unless I wanted to feel even worse about myself.
Did I feel horrible during the race? Yes. Did I feel like crying as I ran up the hills? Shamefully so. Did I get a bad time? Surprisingly, no. In fact, I broke my personal record.
Here’s the trick, folks. All that anger and sadness? Put it all into exercise. Are your legs shaking? Push just a mile further. Do you feel like giving up? Show that prick exactly what he lost. Here’s where the revenge body comes in. After a breakup, you want to look your best. Since spring is here and summer is just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to work on self-improvement. Trust me, it’ll also help you get over your breakup.
Here are some workouts you can use to get a revenge body to be proud of.
Focus Area: Arms and Biceps
Do you have some loose fat on those arms? Don’t worry, there’s nothing to be self-conscious about. In my opinion, this is the easiest part to tone up. Hold the dumbbells at your shoulders with your palms facing frontwards. You’re going to push up and straighten out your arms. Make sure to keep your shoulders down. Then bring the weights back down. Try to do three sets of ten reps.
Focus Area: Abs
If you’ve been in a gym class then you know how to do bicycles. You’re going to sit down in a way that only your butt is touching the floor. Then, you’re going to put your hands behind your head and bring your elbow to the opposite knee. You’re going to feel the burn, but it’s for a good cause. Trust me. Try to do about 15-20 reps.
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Focus Area: Abs
Difficulty: Easy to Medium
I used to do these a lot because it almost combines pilates with normal workouts. Turn on your right side with your legs out on top of each other. Prop yourself up with your elbow and try to keep yourself straight. You’re going to lower your hip until it barely touches the floor and then bring it back up. The key is not to drop down completely. This will work your core and your triceps. Try for three sets of 15 reps.
Focus Area: Thighs and butt
Squats are the bane of my existence, but they are essential to the revenge body. Today we’re going to focus on burpees, otherwise known as squat thrusts. You’re going to drop down into a push-up position, bounce back up, and then do a jump with your arms to the sky in a single motion. Sounds a little confusing on paper, but once you see it you’ll understand. This exercise is meant to get your heart pumping and burn those calories. Try to do at least three sets of ten.
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Focus Area: Arms and back
Difficulty: Easy to Medium
This is a simple exercise but it works your arms, back and core. Go into a push-up position with your dumbbells shoulder width apart. Push the right dumbbell down into the ground while you raise the left to your side. Repeat on the other side. Keep your body as straight as you can. Again, go for 10-12 reps. Additionally, you can include a lunge in the mix to spice up the workout.