etting yourself into tip top shape ahead of your wedding day can be a daunting task but it needn’t add unnecessary stress to your already busy life. We’ve enlisted the help of three of the region’s top trainers to share their advice on getting aisleready.
When to start depends on your personal fitness levels, time and desired results. “Frequency is key for anyone and any programme,” says Devinder Bains, the co-founder of Fit Squad DXB. “But it really depends on whether you’re a beginner or have already been training prior to your wedding programme. As a rule of thumb, 12 weeks is a good amount of time to get plenty done without too much pressure.” Estie Brits, a trainer at F45 Training Dubai Marina, agrees, saying: “The more time you’ve got on your hands the less stress of making sure all is attained before the wedding day.” As for the frequency? “If you have an ‘on/off’ training routine that never lasts very long, it would be best to start with twice a week and slowly build up to three days, and later four to five,” says Estie, adding that sustainability is important. “One thing you should keep in mind when you want to lose weight is starting early to avoid burnout. Don’t try to lose a lot all at once, rather make a plan and work gradually towards your aim.” If you’re reading this and are already under the 12-week timeframe, fear not says Devinder. “Goals can always be hit quicker if needed with the right trainer and a great nutrition plan.”
The right programme will depend on your body type, so it’s important to work out what you enjoy doing and what will yield the best results. Stefani Bertoncini, an instructor at Define Dubai and founder of Stef BFIT, suggests “sticking to low impact exercises like barre, Pilates, spin, functional weight training and outdoor cardio sessions like running or walking.” No matter what programme or exercise you choose, Estie stresses the importance of keeping a healthy approach. “Many brides-to-be resort to extreme measures and quick fixes to drop kilograms too quickly. It’s important to enjoy the process and not take on too much too soon.” In the last weeks leading up to the wedding, Devinder advises avoiding exercises like “skipping with a speed rope which can leave marks on the arms and legs, heavy bar work like chin-ups and pull-ups that can leave calluses on the hands and CrossFit-style burpees on a hard floor that may leave the knees bruised.”
Now, find your style and get to sweating!