Post # 1
Bees who are into fitness, please help me out!
I’m pretty casual about working out. I run maybe 3x a week and go to yoga occasionally. I’m planning to start seeing a trainer 2x a week in anticipation of the wedding and get in another two workouts each week on my own. Personal trainers, however, are ridiculously expensive at my gym, and I’m wondering what is the latest I can start this regimen in order to look good for my wedding, which is in mid-June 2016.
I don’t have any specific weight loss goals in terms of numbers. I do want to get toned arms, shoulders, abs, and back (right now I’m “skinny fat” with very little muscle tone, so I don’t have a great base to start with). I’m also planning to clean up my eating somewhat for a few months before the wedding, so that will factor into my fitness goals, but I could never entirely give up wine, cheese, and desserts, not even for a month or two before the wedding. Given all of this info, would six months with a trainer be enough time to see results? Thanks ladies!
Post # 2
If I were you, I would start now. Get in as many sessions as you can afford, then keep up with the routine and eating habits they start you on… But you have to be disciplined and diligent. Good luck to you.
Post # 3
I mean, i presume this is about health, so I would start now.
Post # 4
I was going to say 2 months, but if you’re tight on the funds, I’d say 6 wks hard core, ending 1-2 wks before the wedding. Then just keep up the work on your own the last 1-2 wks.
Post # 5
I went to school basically to be a personal trainer and I am going to tell you, do not go see a trainer. Buy the book Strong Curves http://www.amazon.ca/Strong-Curves-Womans-Building-Better/dp/1936608642/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1427152487&sr=1-1&keywords=strong+curves and follow that program. And start now. There’s nothing wrong with being at your goal a couple months ahead of time, and chances are it will take longer than you think.
Post # 6
You can buy DVDs that show how to tone specific areas. Womens Health Wedding Workout was a favorite to get muscle tone years before I even started dating my Fiance. I was skinny fat too. You can go to a personal trainer now for a couple sessions to get an idea of what you need to start, work on your own and come back a few months before the wedding.
Post # 7
FantasticFawn: Get on to myfitnesspal, start eating clean + moderating your portions, and start working out to the BeFit channel, Jillian Michaels videos, and Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Workout.
Also, Pure Barre / Bar Method / Dailey Method. Just watching my calories and working out took me from a size 6 to a size 2 in 6 months. I have sculpted shoulders, arms and upper back. I do not have great abs though. Still working on those.
Post # 8
FantasticFawn: Can you do private training as an optional add on with your gym? If so, could you sign up now for maybe 3-4 sessions (or add private training for a month)? I did this and basically had my goals drawn up before the first session – then the trainer can guide you though the first 3-4 sessions and then you use the workouts they give you and the guidance they provide to work out yourself. Then maybe 1 session a month (if finances allow, otherwise just keep yourself honest) until your wedding should work because that way you can track yourself how you’re doing (myfitnesspal etc) and the monthly check in will keep you motivated i.e. trainer will know if you’ve been slacking off. You could commit yourself to doing a similar fitness test at the end of each month and see how you improve over time. I find private trainers can give you way better movements and exercises than you could do yourself and they supervise you doing them until you have correct form. Then you’ll be all set to do it yourself over the next year.
I wouldn’t wait til 8 weeks before the wedding and sign up for a ton of PT hoping that’ll do the job because in a lot of cases people can gain weight when starting a new fitness regime, can become exhausted and burnt out from trying to adjust to the new movements and generally it can take 3-4 months to see improvements – especially if you’re already slim (skinny fat or otherwise!). You won’t suddenly turn into a toned goddess 🙁 I was just like you – skinny fat (still not super toned but I’m getting there) and it’s difficult to see improvements when you don’t really have weight to lose, you’re just trying to get a better balance between muscle gains and body fat reduction.
Post # 9
FantasticFawn: if you’re motivated, I would start now! We got engaged January 2014 and I waited a full year before joining the gym and counting my calories in Jan 2015..
I’m average size, but ate my fair share of junk food and carbs, so I figured I would get to my goal weight pretty fast by cutting the junk and joining the gym, my goal was only to lose 10 lbs or so and get toned up. I thought I’d get to my goal really soon, and was worried I couldn’t maintain it and might put the weight back on before the wedding… so I aimed to keep my weight with the goal of going hardcore closer to the wedding.. expecially since I’d have more motivation with the wedding being closer.
So I started in Jan being strict with my calories and going to the gym 4-5 times a week and I haven’t lost any weight yet! I’m seeing some definition in my arms and bum, but after 3 months I’m not seeing nearly as much progress as I thought of. I wish I had started a year ago so I would know what works for my body, and then closer to the wedding I would only have to work on maintenance.
Good luck! But it sounds like you’re on track, before a few months ago I hadn’t been to a gym in YEARS, so going from nothing to 4-5x a week was a big jump for me.
Post # 10
Heya. As PPs have said I would start now. See if you can find a trainer who can draw up a plan which you can follow in between check ins and have a session once ever month or six weeks. Then I would absoutely up the ante for three months prior to the wedding. You’re thinking of this so I’m going to assume your figure is important to you so focussing on it big time in the lead up will leverage all of your hard work right now to have you in the best shape of your life.
And while I don’t hate the likes of Jillian Michaels and Kayla Itsines for their workouts pleas be very careful of falling into the trap of thinking a severely calorie restricted eating plan is going to help you either physically or mentally.
Good luck 🙂
Post # 11
Thanks for the responses, everyone. I’m definitely getting the sense that I should start sooner than six months – I’m thinking I’ll get my Fiance to teach me his lifting exercises (which I’d obviously do with lighter weights than he uses) and alternate that with cardio. As for eating clean….it’s pretty tough for me to completely cut out junk food (be it Cheetos or “fancy” junk like cheese and foie gras), so I need to seriously consider whether it’s worth the misery to be in amazing shape at my wedding, as opposed to being in good shape but not perfectly skinny and toned.
megan.daisy: Just out of curiosity, why would you not recommend going to a trainer after going to school to be one? I was thinking it would be helpful to have someone show me different exercises and how to use all the fancy machines at my gym and help me set progressive goals, but I’m interested in hearing why you don’t think it’s necessary.
Post # 12
FantasticFawn: 6 months can do wonders to someone who is dedicated to eating healthy and working out. I know how you feel though i am skinny fat and my gym routine consists of 2 times a week lifting. I use to work out 6 days straight and it showed. I dropped down to 124 but i am 140 now so i am a bit depressed about it. I can’t help it cookies and coffee just make me happy.
Post # 13
FantasticFawn: ehhh, I still eat cheese, foie gras, caviar and other snacks (ohhhh tech worker perks) and indulge at the office happy hour.
I just watch what I eat the rest of the time!
Post # 14
FantasticFawn: They’re just not necessary. Maybe go for an intro session to learn your way around the gym, but you don’t need someone to supervise your workouts on a daily basis. There are TONS of free programs on the internet, find one that interests you, follow it, eat well and you will see results. A workout partner helps with the accountability side of things without shelling out a couple grand a month.
Being fit or losing weight is not as complicated as personal trainers like to pretend it is.