Thursday, November 8, 2012

Weddings and Weight Loss

Image by Craig Bourke Photography.
Used with permission.
Over the past week or two I've had a bit of a brain wave and been working on developing a program specifically aimed at getting people into the best possible shape in time for their wedding day. I have a habit of talking about "Weight Loss" because that's a huge slice of the potential market for Personal Trainers, but not everyone wants to (or needs to) lose weight. Guys might want to buff up a little bit, girls may want to to buff up a little bit too! Usually if people aren't actually overweight they use the term "tone up" which is a little vague, but perhaps best interpreted as "lose a little fat, gain a little muscle tone, just look sexier in general". Right?

When you think about it, when could you possibly be more motivated to look your best, than in preparation for your wedding day?

Especially for the ladies, you're going to find the perfect dress, the perfect hairstyle, perfect make up... let's hope you've got the perfect partner too. There should be an audible gasp from the guests when you first walk into the ceremony, at how amazing and beautiful you look. And then there's the wedding photos, you have to look amazing in those as well. What's more, I'm going to assume you're going to the beach on your honeymoon and you want to rock a nice new bikini for that.

That's starting to sound like a LOT of pressure but the good news is you have plenty of time to make it all happen. Working to a deadline is also an advantage, believe it or not. When you've got "forever" to do something, you're more likely to keep putting it off, right?

So here's what you need to create the body of your dreams in time for your wedding day.

  1. A Realistic Approach.
    Extreme methods that promise fast results are usually too hard to stick with, and the results are temporary at best. Remember, slow and steady wins the race and consistency is key.
  2. A Positive Attitude.
    This is true at any time, but if you see exercise as a chore and approach it with a reluctant attitude... that's not going to work out so well. Start looking forward to exercise as your chance to blow off whatever frustrations you've faced during the day, and enjoy that post-training endorphin rush that only comes from a good hard session.
  3. A Healthy Relationship With Food.
    Something else I have spoken a lot about lately. Maintaining a great figure at a healthy weight is not about avoiding food or starving yourself. Remember; the question is "how much delicious food can I enjoy while maintaining my goal weight?", not "what is the least amount of calories I can survive on?".
    Steer away from obviously bad choices of empty calories and you can actually enjoy a lot of nutritious food while getting great results.
  4. The Right Advice.As far as the finer details of training and nutrition, since you have a specific goal and a specific time frame, you do need a specific approach. Hiring a trainer who's business is based on delivering such results can only be seen as a wise move. If the trainer you are considering has a focus more on "physical entertainment" than actual results, you might want to shop around some more.
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