Last-Minute Fitness

Mar 26

I have a fitness photoshoot in, like, a week. Although I haven’t been slacking in my workouts, the intensity hasn’t been where it should be, given that I have to look like a legit trainer on camera.  Time to step it up, PRONTO.

So here’s the million dollar question:  What’s the quickest, safest way to slim down?

Many people say the fastest way to get in shape at the last minute is to do a juice cleanse, but as we know, after a week or so the dieter gains all 3 pounds back and then some…it’s just not worth killing the metabolism for 3-5 pounds!

As a trainer with more than 6 years’ experience, the tried-and-true fastest method to healthy, permanent weight loss is:
  • Clean up the diet.  I’m talkin’ about eating clean, whole, plant-based foods…and avoid inflammatory foods, like animal products (steak, cheese, etc.) and be nit-picky on portions.
  • Increase water intake to flush out the crap from your system. Literally. Add lemon for added cleansing.
  • Green tea helps.  I drink a cup each day.
  • Make yourself uncomfortable:  increase workout intensity.  By wearing a heart rate monitor, you’ll know exactly how hard you’re working.  High intensity interval training will give you the best bang for your buck:  Sprints. This workout.   Kickboxing.  Lift HEAVY:  go hard or go home.  Don’t give me this lameness of “but I don’t wanna bulk up” ’cause I’ll kick you in the ribs.
  • Decrease salt intake to reduce water retention.
  • Sleep 8+ hours = sleep burns fat!!
  • Keep stress levels at a minimum or do your best to combat it with yoga.
My week’s workout will look a little something like this:
  • Saturday:  Kickboxing 1hr
  • Sunday: Run Central Park’s 15K (but I have to add 2 miles for my training, so I’ll run to the starting line from my house)
  • Monday: Heavy strength training 45 minutes, yoga 45 minutes
  • Tuesday: High intensity interval training: 10 all-out 1-minute sprints with 1 minute recovery
  • Wednesday: 45 minutes low-intensity cardio, like the elliptical
  • Thursday: Heavy strength training
  • Friday: High-intensity interval training: calisthenics, baby!
  • Saturday: yoga and extra sleep
  • Sunday:  Half Marathon in Central Park and photo shoot in the afternoon.
FYI, I wouldn’t advise this workout for yourself unless you’re in peak condition and have received clearance from your doc.  Just sharing my insanity with you, dear reader.

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