The Wedding Workout 2

You seemed to love my first Wedding Workout, so I thought I would hit you with Wedding Workout 2. My wedding is a mere 7 weeks away, and that means it's crunch time in the gym. This workout session even applied during a recent jaunt to the cottage!

The Wedding Workout 2:

Repeat this circuit 3 times to feel the burn!

  1. Jump Rope x 1 minutes
  2. Push Ups (full or modified) X 20
  3. Jump Squats x 1 minute
  4. Bench Dips x 20 (I did these off the edge of a Muskoka chair while at the cottage)
  5. Jump Rope x 1 minute
  6. Walking Lunges x 20 per leg
  7. Bench Bunnies x 1 minute
  8. Mountain Climbers x 40
  9. Jump Rope x 1 minutes

Incorporate it into your exercise schedule once or twice each week. It fits perfectly into the original Wedding Workout schedule, too.

P.S. Don’t forget that exercise can’t undo bad nutritional habits.

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The Wedding Workout

Wedding season is upon us, and within these magical months, I too will be celebrating my wedding. Whether you’re prepping for your own celebration, or participating in or attending the wedding of a loved one, it is definitely a time to get fit! We all want to feel our best, and look our best in photos that last a lifetime. There is no doubt about the value of exercise. In fact, as an ND I tout the benefits of this to my patients on a regular basis. In my previous training as a kinesiology student and personal trainer I developed a strong background in exercise physiology. It’s a passion of mine to help people understand how to train smarter and feel better. I have been working extremely hard over the past few months to get myself in wedding shape, and I wanted to share one of my workout routines with you.

The Wedding Workout:

Repeat this routine 2-3 times each week for 4 weeks.

Intersperse this workout with steady state cardio like swimming, running, Cellercising, or  spin class.

Intervals:

25 minutes on the treadmill

4 minute warm up at a light pace (ex. 3.2 mph)

8 x 30 seconds at a rapid pace (ex. 7.2 mph) and 1.5 minutes at a moderate pace (ex. 5.2 mph)

5 minute cool down at a light pace (ex. 3.2 mph)

Weight Training: 

I like super sets to keep things interesting. Take a 10 second break between each set and 30 seconds between each superset.I choose multi-joint exercises to tone all over. **Be sure to use a weight appropriate for you & avoid exercises that may aggravate injuries**

A1) Box Squats: 4 sets of 8 - Lifts the butt to keep it tight in your wedding dress or suit.

A2) Lat Pull Down: 4 sets of 8 reps - Balances out the upper body to make the waist appear smaller, while defining the back and arms for strapless dresses. 

B1) Walking Lunges: 4 sets of 10 reps per leg - Tones the entire thigh and the butt for strong, but elegant legs.

B2) Push Ups: 4 sets of 6-10 reps (work up to 10)- Tones the pectorals, triceps, deltoids, and core. **Modify to knee push ups if needed**

C1) Sumo Deadlift4 sets of 10 reps - Tone up the back of your legs and glutes. 

C2) Dumbbell Suitcase Carry: 4 sets of 12 reps - Tone your abs while prepping for your honeymoon baggage ;)

If you're looking for an extra boost during your workout, mix 1 minute of jump rope between each super set.

P.S. Don't forget that exercise can't undo bad nutritional habits.

How are you getting prepped for your wedding? Comment below.

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Portable Exercises for Those on the Go

On-the-go is the way most people describe their days in our crazy, supercharged society. This often involves business trips to any number of locales throughout North America and beyond. Traveling like this can throw a wrench into many a burgeoning activity schedule. If you’re training for a specific event, like a marathon, triathlon or fitness competition, you have special adjustments to make, but for the average person just trying to stay fit, portable exercises are the way to go. Here are a couple of things to try while you are on your next trip:

  1. Morning Workouts. I think this rule applies to most activity routines, but it especially applies on business. Most evenings on business trips are filled with dinners out or late meetings. Don’t miss your workout by scheduling it in the morning.
  2. No gym? If a gym doesn’t exist be sure to bring along your therabands for quick resistance training in your room. They don’t take up much room in your bag and they provide a great work out.
  3. No excuses. Always remember that travel isn’t an excuse to indulge and get lazy. It’s a great time to try something new, enjoy new sites, and stay energized and healthy during your trip.