Xavier Magazine

How to Stay in Shape this Summer

With summer days ahead, there’s no better time to finally get around to that New Year’s resolution to get in shape. But how? We consulted with a fitness expert—head strength and conditioning coach Matt Jennings—who offered this advice.

Sun’s out, guns out

“I love training outside. You can almost do something every day. Make it part of your daily plan.”

Keep it simple, not easy

“You’ve got to get out of your comfort zone. You’ve got to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. If you do the same thing all the time you’re not going to see progression.”

Don’t exercise, train

“With most people, exercise may be taking the dog for a walk or doing a little gardening. But that’s not conditioning. Are you breaking a sweat, pushing yourself? That’s training.”

Train like Milo

“Milo was a legendary Greek athlete who began training by carrying around a baby calf every day. The calf grows and by the time it’s a full-grown bull, Milo is big and strong. That’s the idea behind progressive overload.”

Lift like Semaj

“We train with a high intensity philosophy. That means doing every exercise to the point of momentary muscular failure.”

 Count your reps

“It may take you a work out or two to get your weight set, but once you figure out where momentary muscular failure is, then weight progression is simple. If I get to 15 reps in a minute, I add weight. If I can only do five reps, then I decrease weight

Work hard, rest hard

“Always eat breakfast. Always include protein and fiber with your meals. Drink plenty of water. Get plenty of rest. And always take time to switch off. Switching off means mental rest. Put away your phone, computer and Play Station.”

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