When should a Bride start her exercise regimen?

How long before the big day should a bride begin her fitness regimen?
It all depends on the goal but the majority of brides I get start about 10months out with a few starting 8-12weeks before.. Some people want to be in the best shape of their lives, and definitely need to hire a trainer at least six to eight months prior. Get into the mindset that you’re going to be on a nutrition plan, as well.

Is there an ideal amount of time to set aside for workouts each week?
If a bride wants to be in great shape, I would say five to six days a week, and 45 minutes to an hour a day. I’m a believer in getting it over with in the morning. People get so busy, and at the end of the day, they just want to relax. But if you get up that extra bit earlier in the morning and get it over and done with, then the rest of the day is all yours because you already worked out and are feeling good.

What makes a good trainer?
You should do one workout for four weeks, and then start a new plan the next month. If a trainer keeps giving you the same workout on a piece of paper, they’re not good at what they do. They have to have a passion for it and not just be out to make money. They should do your measurements and track that it is working.

How important is eating right?
Food is 80 percent of the equation. You can work out seven days a week, but if you’re not putting the right type of food into your body, nothing is going to happen.  I always have a protein shake after a workout for recovery and eat my fruit in the morning as a snack. You also want to include natural fats like avocado, olive oil, and coconut oil in your daily plan. I don’t believe in fad diets.  I do give my brides a cleanse to do for 5 days but even then they are still eating food not just juicing. The clients that follow my plan (food and exercise) to a tee are the ones that get the best results every time and are blown away by the results.

What type of training or exercise routine delivers the best results?
High-intensity interval training, or HIIT. Warm up on the treadmill with a brisk walk. Then hit the weights with some compound (full body) exercises.  At the bootcamps I run we mix it up with hill sprints between exercises and in my programs I have a cardio plan which has it’s hard weeks and easy weeks.  It is important to have a easier week every now and then so you can avoid hitting a plateau.

What about weights?
So important to firm up and get rid of the jiggly bits like your triceps.  You cannot get those toned arms or hips with only doing cardio.

When will a bride start seeing results?
It depends on whether a person really wants to change, they have to want to make it a priority in their daily schedule. When women get engaged, the first thing they think about isn’t, Oh, I’m so happy, I’m in love. They think, I need to lose weight for my wedding. But you should be happy with yourself and do it the right way. It’s all about the time you’re willing to spend and the heart you have for it and what your real goals are. So you have to give yourself enough time. I do measurements every 4-6weeks and tell the  clients not to weigh themselves as we are focusing on fat loss and firming up, getting those lines on the arms, flatter stomach, more defined waist. .

How close to the wedding should a bride shop for her gown?
Most people start shopping a year out, but nine months is probably fine. And do schedule regular fittings. If you’re going to lose a lot of weight, make sure you that you don’t choose a dress that’s so ornate that a tailor can’t adjust it.

Is it possible for a client to focus on only one body part?
Spot reduction doesn’t work.  Remember you have honeymoon photos coming up too so it is best to focus on the entire body.  I do have some of the clients take photos at their dress fittings closer to the time so we can fine tune by adding more emphasis to those areas during a workout while still working out the whole body.

Do you often see brides and bridesmaids working out for the wedding together?
Sometimes the bridesmaids will join one of the bootcamps with the bride, or the bride will buy it for the bridesmaids as a gift. I have full bridal parties that come in once a week and do a workout together, and then I’ll do a nutrition seminar for them. It actually makes the whole process a bonding time.

How important is mental fitness?
When you’re getting ready for the wedding, don’t just worry about your body—worry about your mind.  When feeling stressed take time out for a few minutes and stretch or go for another run. Make sure you are getting enough sleep too.  Remember  it is all about how much you love each other.