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VENDOR SPOTLIGHT – Fitness Crazed

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. 

 

photo (1)ABOUT REBECCA:

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.

For health and fitness tips or services, visit her social pages below:

Instagram : @fitnesscrazed
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Wear your bridal gown with pride with these pre-wedding exercise tips!

Congratulations! You are newly engaged — you’ve picked the date, booked the location and now beginning to eye bridal magazines looking for that perfect gown to say “I do” in. Fast forward to the last few months before the wedding at a fitting and you want the dress to be just right…

Before you start worrying about whether or not you’ll manage to squeeze into that beautiful gown on your special day, take a few minutes to realize the amount of resources that are at your fingertips for managing your weight in a healthy way during this important time in your life. The last thing you want to do is over stress about the planning, work obligations and other life events that can easily distract you from keeping your ideal weight and more importantly, removing the excitement out of the once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Photo Credit: BuffBrides.com

Shape Magazine dedicated an entire website to bridal fitness and health: (http://www.shape.com/bride) Tips they provide can be extremely helpful during wedding season as well as any time in your life!

Here are a few highlights from healthy living expert Lauren Taylor: (www.yourhealthyeverafter.com)

Identify Specific goals, rewards, and consequences:

  • Set yourself a few realistic goals per week that can be attainable. If you reach your goals, you can reward yourself by buying yourself something new or meeting friends for a nice dinner. In another line item, list out a consequence – something you want to avoid doing to help further your drive to meet your goals.

Make exercise non-negotiable:

  • Put it into your schedule like any other meeting, doctor appointment or dinner plans. For those who go to work early, try to allocate time after work (or lunch time if you’re able to get some time out of the office.) For those who arrive at work later, try to practice waking up an hour or two earlier and making your way to the gym or power walk outside on these beautiful spring mornings.

Be happy:

  • This is one of the happiest times in your life – keep the positivity by sharing your goals with friends and family. They will help you to keep on track with your bridal plans and personal goals!

Everyone has a different schedule and circumstances that work for each individual bride-to-be. What is consistent throughout the process is identifying the motivational factor (which could be fitting in the dress, setting a goal to accomplish, adding exercise to your pre-wedding routine) and finding the desire to work towards something. It will give you a feeling of success and may help influence others around you to follow your path of healthy living! Starting with baby steps (walk to work instead of taking the subway or make lunch instead of ordering in) will help continue to urge to make healthier choices for your wedding and for your future!

Here’s an inspirational article from Brides.com:  (http://www.brides.com/brides/2011/04/brides-magazine-real-brides-weight-loss#slide=1) that may help jumpstart your weight loss plan! Nothing is more powerful than hearing personal real life stories for how other women overcame their weight obstacles to reach their goals right in time to say their vows!

Photo Credit: NY Times

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Healthy easy to make snacks for your St. Patrick’s Day party!

St. Patrick’s Day is here!  While most eateries are serving the generic green beer, you can try some unique and healthy food ideas for a St. Patrick’s Day party! Here are a few simple do-it-yourself food ideas that will make your guests green with envy that they didn’t think of it!

Fruit & Vegetable Platter

:: Colors of the rainbow in fruits (strawberries, cantaloupe, pineapples, grapes, bananas, blueberries)
:: Use Mini Marshmallows for “clouds” on one end and banananas as “gold”

Shamrock Shake

:: 2 cups lime sherbet, 1 banana, 1 cup milk
:: Mix ingredients in a blender

Green Mac n’ Cheese

Ingredients

:: One box of macaroni
:: 8 slices of cheese singles
:: 1/3 cup of milk
:: One bag prewashed baby spinach

Recipe

:: Saute spinach in oil  until it reduces in size, it will turn bright green and soft
:: Add wilted spinach in food processor and puree.  Add milk if you need consistency
:: Cook and drain pasta
:: Add cheese to empty hot pasta pan along with milk, stir until combined. Add spinach puree and mix.
:: Add salt and pepper to taste. Return drained pasta to pan and coat with spinach cheese mixture

(Photo Credits: Savingslifestyle.com, Mygrattitudeattitudes.com, foodwithkidappeal.com)


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