Post # 1
So as of this past Saturday- we are officially 8 weeks from the wedding. I’m currently about 10-15 pounds overweight and not very toned. At this point, while I’d still love to lose at least 10 of those pounds (for health reasons as well as overall look)- my goal is to do the best I can to LOOK the best I can by the wedding. I’ve been eating well and will continue to do that to be healthy, and have been doing some basic cardio. This tends to help me stay at my current weight, even with a food splurge here and there. I know you can’t "target" weight loss- and any weight loss will help- but I think I really need to target my arms/shoulders/back for my dress. My hips, while I’d love them to be a little smaller are fine in my dress and I have a pretty small waist (comparatively)- so my dress just accentuates that. (I’ve attached a photo of my dress, so you can see what the focus areas will be).
So Hive- what do you think? What would you do to focus on these areas or overall toning? I have just about every workout video under the sun- Shred, Beachbody (Slin in 6, P90X, Turbo Jam, etc). My thought is to maybe try to do cardio 3-5 days per week (probably from the P90X- Cardio X and KenpoX) and then do 3 days a week of weight training for upper body (again from P90X- there are a few shoulders, chest, arms, back videos- so I can vary it). Any other thoughts??
Post # 3
Those p90x vids should do it if you do not belong to a gym. You’ll especially want to do the upper body work out. My brother gave me similar workouts to do.
Just remember that what you eat is just as important as the work out itself.
Post # 4
Eat clean, healthy foods, go to the gym… and remember to life weights before doing cardio!
Lifting weights burns the most calories by far. Your arms will get toned fairly fast as well, you will be able to see the definition in them before anything else!
Good luck to you!
Post # 5
@msashleymarie- Thanks– I had no idea you were supposed to lift weights before doing cardio- I totally would have thought it was opposite. I will actually be doing one workout in the morning and one in the evening on those double up days– but I’ll definitely take that advice!!
Post # 6
I just started a Boot Camp class (which kicks my a** is an oh so awesome way) and the trainer would tell you: Cardio, Cardio, Cardio. Get yourself breathing hard everyday. When I go for walks, I try to get at least one significant hill in there, or I will run a block, walk a block. And, I would definitely do weights so that you are toning the muscles. You want to have some tone that will show up as you lose weight. But it is the Cardio that will speed up any weight loss.
Good luck! I am 5 weeks out and trying to lose about 5 lbs before then.
Post # 7
I was considering doing a boot camp type class here, but the schedules are pretty intensive and I’m worried that I won’t be able to get them all in with the pre-wedding madness. I’ll definitely check them out though– there is nothing like having someone else pushing you while you work out!
Post # 8
I am only doing Bootcamp twice a week. The rest of the days I try (key word is try ) to go for a walk, or do some other cardio on my own. I also take a cardio/circut class once a week. I don’t like it as much as it is mostly machines and I prefer the bootcamp style of strength training.
Adding the bootcamp has really helped me “kick it up a notch”. Even if you can only do this once a week, I think it would be helpful.
Post # 9
My friend who is doing P90x says that in 9 days “my love handles are all but gone and I have quads of steel” (he’s a guy).
It seems like if you need a quick fix, P90x would be it if you can really eat well and commit to exercising 6 days per week.
Good luck no matter what you decide to do! Keep us posted on your progress!
Post # 10
I cannot agree with @mhirni more! Cardio is KEY! I’m telling you 45 minutes/day – 5 days a week. If you get bored with your cardio, mix it up. Run outdoors, run indoors, do a cardio kickboxing class, Elliptical machine, stair stepper, etc.
Post # 11
I feel like p90x is geared more towards men. My boyfriend and I did this about 6 months ago and he lost like 30lbs in 2 months. This was sooooo frustrating because I lost 7lbs and was trying wayyyy harder than him (did extra cardio, running, etc)
anyways it got to the point where i was so resentful of him losing weight so easily, i stopped doing it and started my own program.
Post # 12
Riding the bike, like a stationary one, will tone your whole body and give you cardio. For arms you could do weights. What about workout classes?
Post # 13
Cardio helps to slim but you need to be doing some total body workouts with weights. (Muscle burns more calories!)
Post # 14
the 30 day shred. like seriously.
i did it every day with 1 rest day a week (for the 28 days till my wedding!), and i shrank down, toned up miraculously, and found new muscle strength i never knew i had!
just stick with it!
Post # 15
I love your dress. Is it by Enzoani?? To answer your question, I think you should focus on your arms. The structure of the dress will be enough to make your body look good. The arms are really the only muscles that anyone will be able to see if they are toned or not.
I agree with the cardio advice, but I also think something as simple as doing as many pushups as you can each day will make a difference in your arms (and it only takes 2 minutes max).
Have you tried Women’s Health DVDs? The one I have is called Total Workout in Ten. There are four 10-minute sessions, and you can do just one or all of them. If you are pressed for time, I think the arms and cardio sessions back-to-back would be perfect for you (the arms workout is great!). And the instructor (Amy Dixon) is so motivating. There are other women on the video that are really supportive (somehow through the DVD!).
Post # 16
What you eat is almost more important than what type of workout you do. Drink a lot of water and cut your calories and cut waaay down on the sodium the week of your wedding. As far as excersize, you could stand in your bedroom and do jumping jacks for 20 minutes each day followed by pushups and that would be great! In order to tone muscles, you’ve got to do cardio too.