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.
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)
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 Deadlift: 4 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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