You asked and we answered! In this edition of our Vendor Spotlight series, we wanted to tackle an important issue for all (including our couples): fitness and health. We often get questions about foods and exercise that are recommended or to avoid when preparing for a wedding so that the couple will feel confident walking down the aisle on their special day.
We’ve asked our friend & personal trainer Rebecca Crespo at Fitness Crazed the most commonly asked questions for wedding food & fitness! We hope this will guide couples to making smart and healthy decisions during the wedding process, all while having fun in the process!
tanaRi events (TE): When you get inquiries for wedding training, do you find that it is more common for women or men to approach you for training/exercise before their wedding?
Rebecca Crespo (RC): I find it more common for women to approach me for training services before the wedding. Women want to look their best for their big day.
TE: How many months prior should the bride or groom begin to think about an exercise/nutrition regimen for their wedding?
RC: It depends what their goals are – (eg. how much weight they wish to lose, etc.) I think anywhere from 1 year – 3 months before the wedding. Changes do not happen overnight.
TE: What are typical bride-to-be exercise requests/goals?
RC: Usually to lose 10 lbs and tone up. They also want to feel their best and that includes a healthy diet.
TE: What are typical groom-to-be exercise requests/goals?
RC: Men in general tend to want to build muscle. They want to look fit for their wedding day.
TE: For couples with crazy work/life schedules (we sure can relate!), when is the best time of day for exercise?
RC: The mornings are usually the best time for a workout. It gives you a positive boost throughout the day!
TE: Once one starts the process, it can get challenging from time to time; Where we feel like all we want to do is quit and grab that Shake Shack burger. What do you find is the best motivation to keep your clients on track?
RC: I send my clients inspirational photos, quotes, and articles throughout the week. I am always available if they have any questions. Personal training to me is not just those few hours of the week you are with the client; It is being there whenever they need you.
TE: Do you have specific music/songs that help get clients more energized or are good for high energy exercise?
RC: I have a few playlists I like to work out to and encourage my clients to find music that motivates them. It’s usually upbeat and fun music.
TE: The couple that exercise together, stays together! For couples that want to train together, are there exercises you recommend that both partners can do at home?
RC: Yes, there are plenty of exercises partners can do from home! High Interval training workouts are great for couples. These exercises can include a mix of cardio and strength training. A few examples include pull ups, jumping jacks, squats, pushups and planks.
TE: In addition to exercise, diet is just as important to creating a healthy living style. How do you ensure that people are maintaining a healthy diet/exercise routine VS the “quick fix” that doesn’t show long-term results?
RC: I provide my clients with lifestyle diets that can last them a lifetime. I interview them about their current diet and provide them with the necessary changes or alternatives. I check on my clients weekly to ensure they are following the plan we created together.
TE: Now, let’s get to the meat of it (no pun intended!) What foods would you avoid for pre-wedding nutrition/dieting?
RC: Anything that contains a high amount of sugar. Not only does it cause weight gain, but skin breakouts as well. Clear skin is important to people on their wedding day. I usually allow my clients to have one or two cheat meals throughout the week that allows them to have the occasional sweet.
TE: What foods are good for pre-wedding nutrition/dieting?
RC: High protein foods such as eggs, greek yogurt, and beans.
TE: What advice do you give your clients for their actual wedding day for health/nutrition? What are things to eat or stay away from on the wedding day?
RC: I always recommend my clients to have a good breakfast. Egg whites, whole wheat toast, fruit, etc. It is important that they maintain their energy throughout the day!
TE: The wedding may be over, but that doesn’t mean all the hard work our couples endure should go to waste. What do you recommend for clients to keep doing after the wedding to maintain their goals?
RC: Clients usually continue training after the wedding because they love the results and the way they feel! Just keep up with a balanced healthy diet and exercise program.
Rebecca Crespo is a personal trainer and Diet & Exercise writer for the well known publication “The Examiner .” Her career developed from the passion she has for helping others see and feel the positive change a healthy lifestyle can make.
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