Get Fit Quick: Your 2-Week Summer Slimdown Plan

Updated 09/23/16

Like it or not, summer—or what is often referred to as bikini season—is right around the corner. So maybe your New Years resolution to “exercise more” has been overshadowed by other more pressing matters (say, for example, your Netflix queue). Before you bid your bikini adieu, know this: there’s still hope. We spoke with Gino Caccavale, trainer to celebs like Carmen Electra and creator of the Rezist workout, and asked him for a fitness plan for procrastinators. Turns out, two weeks is plenty of time to play catch up—in fact, he says you can expect to tone up and drop four to six pounds by following this plan.

 

Click through the slideshow to find out how you can look (and feel) amazing by Memorial Day! 

 

Photo courtesy of Wee Khim for Style Singapore

The Plan

Caccavale suggest exercising for at least 40 minutes a day for the 14 days you have to get toned. “Alternate between resistance training and cardio [on each day],” he says. Common forms of cardio are running, jump roping, or spinning, while resistance training (also called strength training) can consist of anything from crunches to lifting weights—he shares his some of his favorite moves ahead. On days when you’re focusing on cardio, he suggests squeezing in a quick ab workout afterwards to maximize your results.

The Exercises

When it comes to exercise, Caccavale says to make sure you’re doing multi-joint movements. “Multi-joint movements work your upper body, lower body, and core simultaneously,” he says. “This way, you’ll build as well as burn.” Keep clicking to see four of his favorite workouts. 

Exercise #1: Squat, Curl, Press

Reps: Three sets of 15, 12, and 10.

Click here to see how to do a squat, curl, and overhead press.

Exercise #2: Dumbbell Push Up and Row

Reps: Three sets of 15, 12, and 10.

Click here to see how to do a dumbbell push up and row.

Exercise #3: Rear Lunge With Side Lateral Raise

Reps: Three sets of 15, 12, and 19.

Click here to see how to do a rear lunge with side lateral raise.

Exercise #4: Dumbbell Burpees

Reps: Two sets of 20 reps

Click here to see how to do a burpee.

 

The Rules

1. No complex carbs after 3 p.m., period. This includes pasta, rice, and breads.

2. Eliminate artificial sweeteners. This means saying goodbye to sodas and Splenda. On the plus side, you’ll feel more energized.

3. No meals after 8 p.m., no matter what.

4. Eliminate all beverages other than water or coffee.

5. Never skip breakfast. Caccavale says this will boost your metabolism!

Remember—the goal of this plan is to help you feel fit, not necessarily to drop a bunch of pounds quickly. After two weeks, you can cut back the exercise to just three or four times a week, but keep following the diet rules to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Good luck! Will you join our summer slimdown? Comment below and tell us if you’re in!

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