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Tips for toning up to get a beach body

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For many people, a trip to the beach comes with sunscreen, drinks, snacks - and a some concern about showing their bodies in swimsuits.

Maintaining a beach bod might seem like work. For Karlee Perez, it's her job.

Karlee is a former WWE Diva. She's now moving out of the ring and onto the stage competing in bikini-body contests.

We sought her expert advice on how to shape up.

"I'm going to be training lots of abs, lots of gluts and thighs and your buttocks and calves," she says.

We met with Karlee on her first day of training at Powerhouse Gym in Tampa, hoping to better tone our bodies just in time for summer.

Karlee says daily cardio is a must -- three days a week, she runs stairs.

"I do at least 30 minutes of cardio on an empty stomach," she says.

Now add weights: Use dumbbells or even cans you keep in your kitchen. Both tone your arms.

Karlee shows us simple flexion, extension exercises using her forearm.

(VIDEO: Click the player above to see more from Dr. Jo's training session.)

"You can do these sitting down and this is a great way to get definition to your arms."

Don't forget the back of your arm. It's next.

Karlee shows me, "You can lean against the table or chair, you bring the weigh tup aligned with your chest area and flip the weight back and this will give you this definition here that you get in your arms."

Reaching out and up targets your shoulders. Again, we use simple dumbbell weights you can buy at a sporting goods or discount store.

And here's a blast from my past: push-ups. Karlee assures me plank or men's style push ups are the way to build your chest muscles.

Abs are next. For this, you'll need a partner and some hand-eye coordination.

"There's a ball exercise that's great. If you sit down at your ball, you're using all your ab muscles to pull you up."

In this exercise you lie down on the floor, and sit up to catch the ball, and throw it back to start another round.

Karlee uses barbells to help me work my legs.

"As you're going up, you have to have everything tight, have your glutes and your buttocks tight," Karlee says, reminding me to keep my body straight. Otherwise you can risk injury.

You can get the same effect at home without the weights by doing simple standing squats.

Another big problem area: "cankles" caused by too much fluid or too much fat.

But Karlee believes all the exercises won't work unless you watch what you eat.

"People don't realize how important the diet is. It's very lean protein, lots of veggies."

A winning recipe for Karlee, and anyone looking to tone up for their next trip down to the beach.


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