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  • Getting in shape for your wedding takes time and patience.
  • Set realistic fitness goals for yourself.
  • Hiring a personal trainer before your big day can help you slim down and tone up trouble zones.

Are you thinking of hiring a personal trainer to help you get in shape for your big day? If so, you’re not alone. Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, so it’s natural that you want to look as good as you feel.

A qualified personal trainer is someone who will hold you accountable and keep your motivation level high.

An experienced trainer should be able to educate you on proper exercise technique, make dietary suggestions, and create a concrete plan of action. Your trainer can guide you down the right path and help you achieve your wedding fitness goals.

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What are the benefits of working with a personal trainer?

When it comes to looking gorgeous in your wedding dress, you need to give yourself enough time to produce the results you want. Even with all of the loose ends that need tying, setting aside time for yourself is important. A personal trainer can help you create realistic fitness goals.

Categorizing your fitness goals is the first step. Your plan of attack should be:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Realistic
  • Timely

For example, if you only have six weeks before the big day and want to lose a few pounds, a trainer can help you maximize your time in the gym. On the other hand, if you have several months before you tie the knot, you have the time for your personal trainer to create a workout regimen that specifically targets the areas you are most concerned with.

Are all personal trainers the same?

Just like no two people are the same, neither are any two personal trainers. There are many different training styles and techniques. Most personal trainers working at your local gym are happy to take you on as a client. Independent trainers will also come to where you work out, even if it’s in your home or another fitness studio.

Keep in mind that if your trainer makes a special trip to your gym, you might have to pay an extra fee, in addition to the personal training percentage that’s paid to the gym. It’s best to check with your gym for the specifics. If cost is an issue, many personal trainers will also work remotely, which means they’ll give ongoing support via telephone, internet, or a combination of both.

Meeting with your trainer at least once or twice a week for live sessions and then working with them remotely the other days is a sound fitness plan. Maintaining connection with your trainer is an excellent source of motivation.

Where can I find a qualified personal trainer?

You can start by asking around at your local gym. Most gyms have in-house personal trainers. You can also ask friends and family for recommendations. If you don’t find one you feel comfortable with, you can contact one a personal trainer credentialing organization. Visit the websites for the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) or the American Council on Exercise (ACE) to locate a personal trainer in your area.

What should I ask a personal trainer?

Once you find several prospects, jot down some questions for them to answer. You would be surprised by how many people forget to ask basic questions about their trainer’s experience, belief system, and most importantly — referrals from previous clients.

– When and where did you earn your certification?

Personal training is an unregulated industry, so you need to know which type of certification your trainer earned. Being employed at the gym doesn’t necessarily mean that the trainer is certified. Ask when and where they received their certification and if they stay current with recertification as well. All of the nationally recognized fitness credentialing agencies require a set amount of continuing education credits.

– When can I schedule a fitness assessment?

It’s important that you have a fitness assessment before you start a new exercise routine. Take note of whether your trainer wants to perform a physical assessment for your cardiovascular ability, joint stability, and flexibility.

– Will you demonstrate the exercises?

Your trainer should be more than willing to demonstrate the proper way to perform an exercise. Letting you observe demonstrates their level of confidence as a personal trainer.

– What types of exercises should I focus on?

Depending on your current level of fitness and what you want to achieve, your goals will vary. Your trainer will help you identify the body parts you want to improve. Whether it’s to tighten your core for your honeymoon or tone your triceps for a strapless gown, your workout routine should be tailored as such.

– Do you have bundle packages?

Training rates aren’t set in stone, so don’t hesitate to ask for a discount. Depending on the length of commitment, a lot of trainers offer bridal packages for customers with upcoming nuptials.

When should I start my training?

The condition of your body and your fitness goals determine when you should start training. If you are overweight, then you need to start training at least six months before your wedding day. Not only does this give you time to shed the excess weight, but it also allows for numerous fittings of your wedding gown.

On the other hand, if you’re already fit and only want to tone up a bit, three to six months before should be fine. Again, it all comes down to your personal fitness goals.

Body Positivity

Most importantly, remember to love yourself just the way you are. Wanting to look your best on your wedding day is natural, but you need to have realistic fitness goals.

A personal trainer cannot transform your physique overnight. Body transformation is an ongoing process.

What’s most important is that you live a healthy lifestyle and love the skin you are in.

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