May 31

Summer is fast approaching for those of us in the northern hemisphere – hooray! Do you want to be in tip-top condition to enjoy those long sunny days? Look no further, because ARKive’s animal personal trainers are on hand for some one-on-one sessions to build those biceps and tone those tummies.

Leo-tards at the ready!

First off, every workout should start with a good stretch and warm-up. This lion has the right idea…

Lion photo

Small but mighty

To build and tone your muscles we have the rhinoceros beetle to show you how it’s done. This guy can carry 850 times his own weight – that’s the equivalent of you benching 76 family-sized cars!

Rhinoceros beetle photo

Putting a spring in your step

A few star jumps should help to get your pulse racing. Capable of jumping up to 4.5 metres, a puma will be able to give you a few pointers on how to achieve such heady heights!

Puma photo

Cheet your way to a better bod

When it comes to sprinting there is only really one candidate fully qualified for the job – the cheetah. He’ll get you reaching speeds of 87 kph before you know it!

Cheetah photo

Slimming swimming

Need some help perfecting your crawl technique? Look no further, the California sea lion will teach you everything you need to know. Reaching speeds of up to 40 kph, the California sea lion is the Michael Phelps of the animal world!

California seal lion photo

Dances with lemurs

If aerobics is more your thing, then how about a zumba class from a world-class dancer – the one and only Verreaux’s sifaka.

Verreauxs sifaka photo

And relax…

Don’t forget one of the most important parts of your workout – a long cool-down. The desert-dwelling South African ground squirrel knows a thing of two about that…

South African ground squirrel photo

Worked up a sweat yet? Why not browse ARKive and find some more animal personal trainers to help you tone those mussels and get in shape for summer!

Bonnie Metherell, ARKive Media Researcher

  • primate (May 31st, 2011 at 11:13 pm):

    and siamangs for vocal lessons :)

  • Jake Brown (June 26th, 2011 at 10:12 pm):

    It looks like you spend a lot of effort and time on your blog. I have bookmarked it and I am looking forward to reading new posts (SOON PLEASE!). Keep up the good work!