Gino Caccavale may be pushing 50, but he has no intentions of slowing down. His personal dedication to fitness, he admits, is “a little crazy.” The technical consultant for Muscle & Fitness maintains 6% body fat through a strict dietary regimen.
“I wake up at 4 a.m. and start eating. I eat like eight times a day and train twice a day," Caccavale says. "I’m going to be 50 soon, so it scares me.”
Before Caccavale became an established fitness instructor, training celebrities like Carmen Electra and Backstreet Boy Nick Carter’s fiancé Lauren Kitt, Gino was making ends meet as a bounty hunter, which he assures is nothing like you might’ve seen on A&E’s “Dog the Bounty Hunter.”
“We don’t have badges around our necks. We don’t have a black SUV. We would never roll up like that. They would see us coming from a mile away,” Caccavale says.
In 1989, four years prior to his time as a bounty hunter, Caccavale won Mr. Connecticut, his first bodybuilding competition, after only a year and a half of training. “It happened pretty quick,” Caccavale says. “I come from a pretty overweight family. I started weightlifting to break out of that.”
Now with nearly 30 years of training under his belt, Caccavale will soon be releasing his own workout, “Rezist,” which specializes in multi-joint training in order to maximize calories burned.
“The more joints you move, the more muscles you move, the more calories you’re going to burn,” Caccavale explains. “We incorporate ‘mini plyometrics’ with weight training because of the calorie burning. We’ll do jumping bicep movements. We’ll squat, touch the weight to the floor, jump, then squat again and curl.”
Rezist is for people of all levels of fitness, including beginners. “We take the beginner/lightweight from just bicep curls and bench press, and incorporate some sort of movement, whether it’s a lunge and curl or squat and press,” Caccavale says.
Caccavale created Rezist to right the wrongs he was seeing on countless infomercials. “If anyone on TV tells you that you don’t need weights, that you can just do calisthenics in your own house and be in shape, it’s just not going to happen,” he says. “If anyone tells you it can happen in 10 to 15 minutes, it’s just not going to happen. You need cardio. You need weights.”
Though Rezist can be done both in one’s home and at the gym, Caccavale encourages gym use for the atmosphere it provides and the help other gym goers can offer.
“I live in a building that has a gym in it, and I usually go to Equinox, half a mile away, only because I like the people, the music and the whole atmosphere,” Caccavale says. “Some days you might want to do it alone; some days you might want to go to the gym.”
Nutrition is an important part of any fitness regimen, and Caccavale has his own take on how Americans should view each meal: “We go into every meal thinking it has to taste really, really good, and that’s how we get fat. Have a plain chicken and some plain brown rice with nothing else,” he says. “Eat to live; don’t live to eat.”