The Best Exercises for a Beach Workout

Athletic couple doing push ups on the beach, workout training

Whether you live by the ocean or are getting ready for your trip to the sea, the beach is a great place to complete a workout! Sometimes we don’t have the motivation or time to get into the gym, but outdoor workouts can be just as effective!

Research shows that training on an unstable surface like sand improves gait endurance since it recruits various muscle groups and increases joint mobility.

Here are a few exercises that are perfect for a beach workout.


Sprints primarily work your lower body muscles, including the calves, glutes and hip flexors, hamstrings, and quadriceps. Sprints also engage your abdominals, chest, back, and triceps, making them a perfect whole-body cardiovascular activity.

Squat Jumps

Squat jumps are a classic plyometric exercise that works your glutes, hip flexors, and quadriceps. Your abs, calves, and hamstrings will also be working hard here, especially on the unstable surface of the sand. 

This move is normally tough on your knees if you’re not landing properly, so the sand can help cushion that impact. Start with your feet hip-width apart and in a squat position. Jump up and then land back down, ensuring you’re landing in a squat position. Do 12-15 reps and three sets.

Sand Bucket Deadlift

Sand buckets aren’t just for the kids! Bring your sand bucket and fill it with sand to use as a weight. To do the deadlifts, hold the bucket with both hands. Bend at the waist and use your legs to help you lean forward, engaging the core and glutes. Touch the bucket to the ground and engage your glutes to return to standing. Do three rounds of 10-12 reps.

Burpee to Push-Up

This move works your entire body. Start by standing, jump into a high plank, lower into a push-up, and back up to a high plank. Accelerate upwards and jump up. The move should be done in one fluid motion. If the push-up is too much for you, you can either lower your body completely to the ground and back up or stay in a high plank. Do three sets of 10 reps.

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