Bridal Fitness

When all eyes are on the bride for their wedding day, it can be nerve-wracking and pressurizing for brides to look their best. TanaRi Events was lucky to get the chance to talk to fitness trainer Nicholas Panebianco, founder of TrainWithNickNYC, for some bridal fitness tips to slim down, tone up, and be more confident!  

Q: What are the best workouts according to what gown the bride will wear? (Ex. Strapless, mermaid, ball gown, backless)

A: A strapless and A-line sleeve dress means that all eyes will be on your upper body; this workout would have to have an upper body focus to sculpt and lean, showing off those arms and shoulders while torching fat. A ball gown and mermaid style dress focus would be placed on the hips, thighs, and core, showing off a firmly tight core; shapely hits will be the most flattering for both those dresses.

Q: How can you squeeze in a workout during a busy schedule?

A: Finding time to workout may not be the easiest, but here are a few helpful tips to finding time to workout:

  1. Set your alarm early. An early start also means you get to cross it off your to-do list ASAP!
  2. Commit to your appointment. Hold yourself accountable to your workout just like you would to a work meeting. Don’t reschedule it for something else!
  3. Make daily habits into exercise. It’s not necessary to need a gym to workout; the key is to be more active! This could range from taking the steps vs the elevator, parking a little further from the train so you can walk more, or be doing bodyweight exercises in your home or office such as squats, push-ups or planks. Even a little bit of a difference could go a long way!
  4. Be efficient. Try workouts that target multiple body parts in a short amount of time, such as interval training, Tabata, bodyweight training and running. Not only will you burn calories, you will build muscle!

Q: Any dietary restrictions for brides to take on? What vitamins / dietary supplements are key with workouts for being fit?

A: It’s a common misconception for brides into thinking a juice cleanse or a strict diet is necessary before their wedding, but most times that leads to a large setback or binge eating. The focus is to be healthy and eat a well-balanced diet between protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats. Most nutrients and vitamins can be obtained from the food that we eat. Supplements should only be taken if certain key nutrients or vitamins are missing from our everyday diet.

Q: How much time should you give yourself before the wedding?

A: If your goal is to look your absolute best then the quicker you start the better. It takes around 6-24 weeks to start seeing a noticeable change in your body, depending on how efficient your workout and diet is. For individuals who already have a fitness background results should appear quicker, but nothing is achieved without hard work and dedication.

Q: Any suggestions for couple workouts/date night ideas related to fitness for some quality time together?

A: I am a firm believer that couples that sweat together, stay together. Having a support system from your significant other can have a huge impact on your fitness goals. Instead of attending happy hour one night, try a fitness class together. Instead of being couch potatoes over the weekend, try a walk or jog in the park. Trade in a dinner out for a couples cooking class to learn how to cook healthy meals. A healthier lifestyle will create a healthier relationship for you and your significant other.

Q: How do you maintain the weight after you’ve lost it?

A: Maintaining weight can be just as difficult as losing weight. Many individuals believe that once they obtain their desired weight, they can go back to their old routine of eating poorly and working out less. However, it should be the complete opposite, where losing weight should be a lifestyle change vs a temporary fix. Maintaining a well-balanced diet and staying active at much as possible will help keep the weight off. This also includes allowing yourself to indulge every once in awhile – moderation is the biggest key. Start by maybe having the burger and not the fries or the burger without the bun; little changes like this can create the biggest impact.

Q: Do you have any advice to brides having a tough time achieving their goals? How can they focus on enjoying planning their wedding versus thinking they have to lose all this weight before their wedding?

A: When you’re having trouble losing weight, it’s important to try to find out the root of the problem. Is it a lack of exercise? Unhealthy eating? Portion Size? Snacking? Finding the root of the problem can make a huge impact in the weight loss process, but it’s imperative to not be in denial; understand and accept that there is a problem and make a change. If the problem is a lack of exercise, try to be more active throughout the day. It can be changes such as your commute to work, taking the stairs more, or even sitting less. If the root is in unhealthy eating, make changes like trading in those sugary drinks for regular or flavored water or have a goal to add a green to each one of your meals. When it comes to portion sizing, try to use a smaller plate when eating or taking your meal and splitting it into two. As for snacking, try consuming a cup of water before indulging; many times our body is dehydrated and is actually craving water.

Remember, all the little things you change is an improvement on a path to a healthier lifestyle. Before stressing out about dieting and fitness, don’t lose focus on the bigger picture – your wedding and your significant other. Whether you feel you will have your dream body or not for your wedding day, feeling good is even more vital than looking good. Be confident and enjoy your wedding!

Follow Nicholas on his Instagram @TrooperNickP for more tips on getting in shape!

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