If you are getting ready for a Wedding this year, you do not want to miss this! I was interviewed by a couple lovely wedding planners from Paisley Events Inc. awhile back and I thought I would share it with you…
1: My wedding is in a year. When is the best time to start training for maximum results but minimum cost?
The sooner the better! I am a firm believer in slow, gradual results rather than “quick fixes”. I say this because the results from many “crash diets” will not last and most individuals rebound causing them to gain the weight back quickly or even more than when they started.
As for minimum cost, any one can get outside and get active – especially during these beautiful Summer months! However, if you need more guidance or motivation, group fitness classes tend to be cheaper than one-on-one Personal training sessions.
2: I don’t have any money in the budget left to hire a personal trainer. Is there a certain class or sport that will give me better results than others?
To ensure optimal results, I believe you need a combination of cardio and resistance training. Look for classes that offer a mix or alternate between the two. Most “bootcamp” type classes will offer a good balance of both.
A personal favourite of mine right now is spin class. Spin classes have always been an amazing cardio workout while toning the legs and glutes. The current studio I go to, Ride Cycle Club, dedicates a full song to weight training where you complete a full upper body workout with dumbbells while still peddling – it’s great!
3: I eat pretty healthy normally but we have all these parties to go to. They all have cake and alcohol. How do I get through these parties and still enjoy myself without going overboard?
I like to live by the 80/20 rule which means 80% of the time I am eating healthy foods while 20% of the time enjoying my favourite treats.
If you know you are going to be going to an event, watch what you eat leading up to it and then view the event as your reward/cheat meal. This being said, aim to choose 1-2 sweets at the event rather than eating until you become uncomfortable.
If you are preparing for a major event (like a wedding!) I strongly suggest to omit alcohol in the weeks leading up. Alcohol will strongly hinder your athletic performance and appearance during the big day!
4: What’s the most weight I can lose per month while still being healthy?
This answer will vary for each individual depending on how much weight they need to loose. As a rule-of-thumb, it is healthy and maintainable to lose 0.5-2 pounds per week. On a monthly scale, this would be roughly 8 pounds.
5: When and how intense should my diet be for optimal results?
I strongly suggest choosing a diet that is maintainable. I recommend being strict on your diet until you hit your weight goal, body fat %, etc. Once you have reached your goal or a milestone, you can start to add back in foods and become less intense with your diet.
6: I want to get a personal trainer but I don’t want to be too muscular on my wedding day, how can we guard against that?
This is a concern that so many females have! As a female you will not naturally get bulky like men because you physically cannot due to the fact that our testosterone levels are much lower.
Hire a Personal Trainer who is knowledgable and they will know the correct exercises and rep ranges to ensure the perfect toned arms for your wedding day! Lower reps with higher weight builds muscles while higher reps with lighter weight will tone/shape the muscle.
7: I’m a very busy woman, besides all my normal responsibilities I now have a wedding to help plan! How often should I be working out? I don’t want to exhaust myself.
This answer will vary for each individual as I do not know how much they are currently doing. For a beginner, I would recommend getting in three one-hour sessions per week. You can complete these every other day to ensure optimal recovery time and avoid exhaustion. After consistently achieving this for 4-8 weeks, I would recommend adding in a fourth session and progressing from there.
8: I’m wearing a strapless wedding gown. Can you give me a couple of workout ideas I can do to tighten up my arms?
Definitely! Check out this Arm Workout on my YouTube channel that hits your shoulders, biceps and triceps. For strapless wedding gowns I would also incorporate chest and back exercises to avoid that unwanted “flab” that sometimes hangs over.
Three chest exercises: push ups, lying dumbbell chest press, and lying dumbbell flies.
Three back exercises: pull ups (assisted if needed), bent over or seated rows, and straight arm pull downs.
9: I’ve had some bad relationships with personal trainers in the past. How do you know when you click? Are there specific questions I should be asking them?
The relationship between a personal Trainer and client is so important, therefore I strongly recommend asking to meet with them to have a consultation before agreeing to anything. You want to feel secure with this individual as they will get to know a lot about you and you will be spending a lot of time together.
Do not be afraid to ask any questions you may have! The trainer should be able to answer you, be certified, have experience, look the part and make you feel comfortable.
10: (From the ladies at Paisley) tell us about your dream wedding!
Something simple yet classy. I am very into bohemian styled weddings. I want all my loved ones there and have a great party into the night!
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