With wedding season approaching, Virgin Active national personal training manager Hugh Hanley has designed a specific workout plan for brides-to-be. With 15 years' experience, Hugh is a personal trainer and working with Virgin Active members to hit their fitness goals.
Hugh reveals that for fitness and nutrition, preparation 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," says Hugh.
"To feel and look your best, I'd advise planning to start at least 12 weeks before the day. 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 or Virgin Active's boditrax can help to track results and keep you motivated. Recruit a workout partner 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 feel and see results Hugh recommends building these efficient exercises into your workout regime:
To get your bum ready for the big day, use these simple exercises to 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!
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 makes up 2/3 of the arm; overhead triceps extension will whip these into shape (10-12 reps) and finish off with triceps push downs (15 reps) to really see results.
Reward yourself for all your hard work and the night before the big day and do a yoga class to leave you feeling rested, refreshed and rejuvenated.
- Virgin Active offer a Calm by Candlelight class which is the perfect antidote to combat any last minute aisle nerves!
If the mother-of-the-bride is also looking to join you in preparations, classes like Reformer Pilates, Kettlebells and Zumba are all great, feel-good classes to attend in a group.
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