03/09/2013 10:42 am ET | Updated May 09, 2013

Beach Body-Approved Workouts

Crab Squat Walks
Just because you're on vacation does not mean the workouts are over! Whether you're lounging by the beach or at the gym, this workout will help give you the legs you've always wanted! If you're on the beach, don't give up until you reach the lifeguard chair -- this is a pretty silly-looking move, but it will get your booty burning!

a. Stand with your feet in a wide stance.
b. Drop your glutes down so that your thigh is parallel to the ground.
c. Hold that position and then take 12 steps forward and 12 steps back. You must remain as low as possible, keeping all the weight in your heels.

Seashell Reaches
While you're walking on the beach, why not kick it up a notch and make it a workout? Every few steps, practice this workout to pick up shells or rocks. If you're at home, use a dumbbell for an intensified workout!

a. Stand on your left foot.
b. Lift your right foot behind you and bend your knee so your right lower leg is parallel to the floor.
c. Bend forward at your hips and slowly lower your body as far as you can. Pause, then push your body back to the starting position.
d. As you come up, think about using your glutes to push your hips forward instead of lifting from your back.
e. Keep core engaged and chest up during the entire movement.

Towel Side Planks
While you and your friends are laying pool or oceanside, why not get an ab workout in as you tan? These side planks are a great way to tone up -- and you can do them on your towel!

a. Lie on your left side with your knees straight.
b. Prop your upper body up on your left elbow and forearm.
c. Raise your hips until your body forms a straight line from your ankles to your shoulders.
d. Hold this position for 30 seconds.
e. Turn around so that you're lying on your right side and repeat.

This workout takes the mountain climber exercise and revamps it! Before running into the water or off to the pool, take a runner's stance on the ground and get revved up to run into the surf. This will make the waves more fun -- and let you burn a few calories before your swim!

a. Get into pushup position with arms straight and hands directly under shoulders.
b. Walk feet forward, staggering them so your right knee is bent under your chest while your left foot is behind you with knee slightly bent.
c. Pushing powerfully into your legs, switch your foot positions, bringing the left knee in and extending the right leg.
d. Continue alternating for one minute, and then take off with a final burst of energy and sprint into the waves! If at home, do a small sprint!

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