From bellinis at Nello’s Summertime to scoops of pistachio gelato at Sant Ambroeus, the Hamptons offer plenty of devilishly delicious indulgences. Luckily, thanks to Fred DeVito, the co-founder of Exhale’s Core Fusion, that doesn’t mean we have to hit the beach with extra jiggle bulging from our Pucci two-piece. DeVito has developed a slew of classes that target multiple muscle groups at once allowing for major calorie burn, in a short amount of time.
I spoke with DeVito about how to stay fit while on vacation, his go-to Hampton eateries, the biggest diet mistakes people make, and more…
Q. Do you have any suggestions for losing those last few pounds standing between us and our swimwear?
A. The game plan for quick weight loss and improved muscle tone is to reduce calories while sustaining nutrition and regular exercise. A good way to do this is by combining a juice cleanse with a daily core barre workout like Core Fusion. (The Core Barre method uses the ballet barre to target abs, tone the thighs and tighten the arms.)
Q. What’s the biggest diet mistake people make?
A. They skip meals, which causes the metabolism to slow down and with it calorie consumption slows down as well. I suggest eating five small meals a day and doing strength training and core exercises to maximize your fitness potential.
Q. How can we stay fit while on vacation?
A. Honestly you should use the Core Fusion DVD series. The reason I say this is because you can do these DVDs anywhere and you don’t need equipment. Also, walk with family members or friends and challenge each other to take the lead and set a pace, and if you have a pool there are a number of aqua exercises you can do to tone your muscles and stabilize your joints. That aside, try to stay away from the salt and sugar and don’t take a mini bar key when offered!
Q. What are your go-to eateries in the Hamptons?
A. My secret spot for the best pasta fagioli in the Hamptons is The Pizza Place in Bridgehampton. My favorite night to go there is Monday nights, when I sit in on string bass for the Jazz Jam Sessions! I also love Estia’s Little Kitchen on the Sag Harbor Turnpike.
Q. When you’re not teaching Core Fusion, do you partake in other physical activities?
A. I participate in all of our signature Core Fusion classes – Cardio, Sport, Yoga and Boot – for my fitness and then I like to bike, swim, garden, and beach walk for my recreational movement experiences.
Q. What are your favorite post and pre-workout snacks?
A. Before class, I like a light breakfast such as peanut butter on toast, oatmeal, smoothies or a scrambled egg. After class I love a Blue Print Cleanse Green Juice. Great energy food!
Q. Any favorite fitness apparel brands?
A. I exclusively wear Anatomie these days for exercise. They use the most comfortable clothing with stretch fabric and I can use them for all my fitness needs. As for shoes, I like the Zems that we wear for Core Fusion classes and recently discovered Vibran FiveFingers shoes!
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