It’s wedding season again, which generally leads directly into engagement season, so we’ve put together some easy workout tips for brides to be.
Virgin Active Personal Trainer, Hugh Hanley, says that for fitness and nutrition preparation for your big day, timings and consistency are key: “Many brides want instant results but forget that it’s so important to factor in recovery, you’ve got to give your body enough time. Last minute crash diets or crazy regimes will risk you looking exhausted on your big day.
To feel and look your best, I would advise planning to start at least 12 weeks at from the set date – be realistic, look at your diary on a Sunday, plan nutritious meals and schedule workouts 3-4 days a week. Be sure to include a mixture of weight training and cardio, to create a polished physique with toned shoulders and arms. Commit to these as appointments in your diary and think of them as meetings which you can’t skip!”
When it comes to measuring progress Hugh recommends steering clear of the scales: “Invest in an old fashioned measuring tape to track results and keep you motivated. Recruit a workout partner (cue MOH) and head along to fun classes together – when you have a training partner it will increase your commitment to your workout programme, plus you both get quality time together.”
To see and feel results Hugh recommends building these efficient exercises into your workout regime:
To get your bum ready for the big day, these simple exercises will target your glute muscle group:
Kick off with squats (3 sets of 12)
Then go into walking lunges (3 sets of 12)
Followed by a glute bridge session (3 sets of 15) to really feel the burn!
Or use our detailed Booty Busting Workout!
For long and lean arms:
Incorporate bicep curls into your regime (3 sets of 12)
Then sets of shoulder presses (aim for 3 sets of 10-12)
The triceps are a key muscle group as they make up 2/3 of the arm; overhead triceps extension will whip these into shape (10-12 reps) and finish off with tricep dips (15 reps) to really see results.
Diet is the big player here, as well as remaining stress-free and centred. A yoga class will help to leave you feeling rested, refreshed and rejuvenated.
Virgin Active offer a range of yoga and meditation classes - the perfect antidote to combat any last minute aisle nerves!
Mother of the bride
Don't forget mum! If the mother of the bride is also looking to join you in preparations for the big day, classes like Pilates Reformer, Barre and Zumba are all great feel good classes to attend in a group.