(Closed) How long before my wedding to start personal training?

posted 5 years ago in Fitness
Post # 2
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Blushing bee

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I mean, i presume this is about health, so I would start now. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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
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Blushing bee

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
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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
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Helper bee

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

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
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Sugar bee

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 # 12
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Sugar bee

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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
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Blushing bee

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. 

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