How to get toned before wedding

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2019

Weight lifting, yoga, Pilates, some running/walking but it doesn’t work as well as strength training. Overall I’m just trying to eat less carbs and more protein and guzzle water.

I think you just have to know yourself when it comes to losing weight. There are certain foods I binge eat, so I don’t keep them in the house. I feel terrible if I eat too much bread/pasta, so I try to eat more meat and leafy greens.

Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

Strength train for toning. There’s a million YouTube workouts you could use or get a personal trainer at the gym. Or you can just do your own workouts with weights but make sure you are using correct form so you don’t injure yourself.

And don’t cut calories/diet. You need calories to build muscle. Getting enough protein will be important.

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2019

I trying to tone my abdomen before my abdomen in July and am freaking out because I don’t see any process.

Post # 5
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Worker bee

Everyone’s body is different but for me doing HIIT workouts (I like BBG but only do once through each workout instead of twice for those who are familiar) and strength training to create definition. I already run regularly but am adding in more miles, hill sprints and speedwork both for an upcoming race and because I find it tightens everything up. I’ll probably eat pretty normally up until a few weeks before the wedding when I’ll cut out alcohol, salt, refined carbs and processed foods but still will eat complex carbs before big runs and drink a ton of water. 

And hatha yoga mostly for mental health/stress relief!

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Before my wedding I also cleaned up my diet and exercise habits to get in better shape as well as just to be healthier. It’s something that has been a priority for years but I’d definitely slipped off it for a while. I got serious about it again about 6 months before my wedding and I’d essentially met the goals I wanted to though of course it’s sort of always a work in progress!

i don’t follow a specific meal plan. That just doesn’t work for me. I follow the simple concept of expending more calories than I take in – the deficit varies based on my goals. If I’m just focusing on toning, I try to eat closer to the number of calories I’m burning. I don’t count macros but try to be aware that I’m getting roughly proper amounts of everything, both for satiety and health purposes. I don’t avoid any specific food or food groups completely though of course there are many things I don’t tend to eat much of because of the calorie count or calorie/nourishment relationship. 

I think diet is important but really excercise is probably what actually helps me achieve the muscular/toned look I desire. Weight/strength training is important to me. I prefer a variety of workouts so I don’t get too bored, but I actually think boxing is probably the workout that does the most good for my body. I feel I get both a lot of good cardio and quite a bit of strength as well – a lot in my arms but if I’m using good form and really working, I’d say it’s a full body workout especially if I add some squats or other drills in. I’ve done a variety of types of workouts in the past but feel like with more boxing I actually get the defined arms I want! But I still gotta mix it up some – HIIT, barre and just basic lifting are also a part of my routine. 

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Bumble bee

Barre is the trick for me. Pure Barre 5 times a week had me looking great.

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

Like PP, I also do a boxing class. It’s the best for me because I know it is a full body workout, and I’m getting in cardio without thinking about it (i.e. running on a treadmill or something). I actually really enjoy boxing and its a great stress reliever. I also lift 4 times a week and do 2-3 days of HIIT (boxing usually once or twice a week and then orange theory, which I’m not a huge fan of, but my friends are there so it keeps me going). 

I also do the keto diet, and that has been the best for me in terms of toning. I lost a lot of fat in areas that are usually pretty hard for me to lose from (stomach, chest, arms). I’m back on it really hard right now, and I’ve already started to see some slimming down in my stomach!

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Worker bee

Pilates plus running worked pretty well for me. If you’re not a runner already, try to find a couch to 5k running class near you

Post # 10
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Helper bee

Pilates primarily. But that depends on if you want to lose fat or just tone up! Can’t beat jumprope if you want to loose fat too!

Post # 11
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Helper bee

I do 100 pushups a day, which has worked wonders for my arms and abs. It suits me because it’s free and very much achievable. 

Post # 12
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2018

If you want to get into Pilates, I would recommend Cassey Ho’s Blogilates. I like her because she focuses on exercising in order to feel stronger and more confident in your own skin, not just to fit a certain beauty standard. She has a ton of free workouts, workout calendars, and meal ideas and her workouts can be done at home or in the gym with no weights required. She also has PIIT workouts which combine Pilates and HIIT. Casey has a 28-day Bridal Bootcamp that I just started getting into and it’s great so far. You can find her on Youtube and via her website. 

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

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iloveyou100 :  A lot of speciality class gyms let you try their first class or two for free, as well. Take them all up on it and see what you like! If you enjoy it, you’ll do it more often and get into a routine! 

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2019

I’m doing the lift4 program by beachbody. If you never have lifted weights it’s great program combine with hilt moves. There very good at explaining how to do it properly and when to go up or down in weights.  I have lost some inches but gained weight. I just try to eat a healthy meal plan. Useing My fitness pal is great way to see where you need to make adjustments. As much as I would love to lose weight I always have a tough time so I’m just trying to eat healthy and make an effort to workout.

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