With summer's official launch, take a look at our list of ways to get your body beach-ready and looking its best. Balancing your work, family, and social life can be a challenge. However, fitting in simple workouts everyday might be easier than you thought.

The hardest part of any type of diet or exercise regimen is actually sticking to the plan. Many people get bored or lazy after the first few sessions. The key to kicking this bad habit is to develop a routine. This way, working out will be a part of your everyday life. Pick a time of day that works for you, and whether its morning or evening, stick to it.

You don't have to spend hours at the gym to achieve results. With a little bit of hard work and dedication, we you can tone up and slim you down in a few weeks. The first thing you want to do it target the areas that you want to work on. By picking a specific area of your body to work on, it gives you a goal that is much easier to attain. Shaping up certain areas are more attainable when they're broken down into smaller steps.

Celebrity trainers Oscar Smith and Kathryn Burggraf show us a few tips and tricks for getting ready to fit into your itsy bitsy teeny weenie yellow polka dot bikini.

Oscar Smith, owner and founder of O-diesel, is a former Olympic gymnast and has worked with Victoria Secret Angels, CEOs, and top fashion models. According to Smith, he believes that the best way to achieve any type of weight loss is to have a diet plan and stick with it religiously. No "junk-food" days or cheat days.

"People always cheat on their diets, one you cheat you're prone to do it again and again. So don't have a cheat day--stick to your diet," said Smith.

He also recommends before starting any diet, throwing out or donating all of your junk food is key. It helps to remove any temptation that might be in your pantry or fridge. Also, making sure that friends and family are supportive of your decision is key. When you go out to eat, don't be peer pressured into veering away from your diet plan.

"It's like when you were younger and people tried to peer pressure you into drinking or smoking. It's your personal goal that you're setting for yourself," said Smith.

4 things that Smith recommends to have in your kitchen:

1. Fresh fruits and vegetables

2. Mixed nuts

3. Almond, skim, or whole milk

4. Juices (cranberry, apple, pineapple), which should be 100 percent juice and not from concentrate

Kathryn Burggraf is a trainer at New York City's Focus Fitness Center. Her three key rules for getting into shape are staying hydrated (the more hydrated you are the less hungry you feel), lessening or cutting out your sugar intake, and strength training. Even if you don't have access to a gym or weights, you can still strength train using your own body weight.

"If you didn't do anything but eliminate the sugars from your diet, you'd start to notice the different right away," said Burggraf.

She also thinks that by eliminating any type of sweets or indulgences from your diet, you're depriving yourself and you might actually give up on your diet all together.

"If you eating clean 90 percent of the time, are eating a balanced diet, and you are staying hydrated, you can allow yourself to have one treat a day, whether that's a small candy bar or a cookie," Burggraf said, "Or you can eat good for the whole week and on the weekend treat yourself to a piece of cake, that's fine too."

Her favorite piece of workout equipment? The jump rope. "You don't need a lot of time, just around 10-15 minutes and you can get in a full body workout," said Burggraf.

Smith's 35-Minute Workout:

Smith recommends working out in the morning, when you're not distracted. The exercises listed below can be done in the comfort of your own home or apartment with no gym equipment.

  • Stretch all major muscle groups for three to five minutes
  • 10 push-ups
  • 10 dips
  • 10 triceps push- ups
  • 10 shoulder push-ups
  • Jumping Jacks for 1 min
  • 10 leg lifts
  • 10 sit-ups
  • 10 crunches
  • 10 knee to chest
  • Hold a plank for 1 min
  • Squats for 2 mins
  • Lunges for 2 mins
  • Run in place for 1 min
  • Reverse squats for 2 min
  • Run in place (knees high) for 1 min
  • Squat thrust for 1 min
  • Jumping jacks for 1 min
  • Pull-ups

Try to repeat this series of exercises three to five times. This type of circuit training keeps your muscles constantly moving without over-exerting yourself.

Burggraf's At Home Exercises:

Burggraf recommends exercises that are compound, meaning you should be using more than one body part. You might also want to increase your reps and do different exercise back to back, called super sets.

Warm up:

  • 10 Inch-worms (from standing position, walk your hands out into a plank position, and all the way back up to standing)
  • 10 body weight squats
  • 20 jumping jacks


  • 10 pushups
  • Two 30 seconds of bicycle crunches
  • Three 10 plank-to-pushup (plank up/downs). Start in regular plank position on forearms; push up to your hands leading with right first, then left.

(This can be a super set. Do this 'set' three times in a row with 30 seconds in between)


  • 30 plank-shoulder taps (push up position, feet wide, opposite hand taps opposite shoulder and alternate)
  • Two toe touches (on back, feet in the air reach for toes, chin to ceiling) for 30 seconds
  • 3 mountain climbers (push up position, bring knees to chest alternating, going faster for higher intensity) for 30 seconds each.

(Do three sets with 30 second-rests in between)


  • 10 burpees (bring hands down to ground, pop legs out into a plank, pop them back in and jump up)
  • 20 bird dogs (on feet and hands, raise opposite arm out with opposite leg out. Alternate)
  • Side plank holding for 30 seconds for each side on your elbow

(Do three of them with 30 seconds or rest in between)

The last you should do after any of these exercises is to cool-down and stretch. Stretching prevents injuries and increases muscle flexibility.

Happy summer!