No one knows more what it means to get in shape for your wedding day better than FlyBarre instructor Alyse Zwick (her class blends Flywheel's popular cycling regimen with the total body toning benefits of Barre), who also happens to be a bride-to-be! Whether you want to lose a bit of weight or just tone up, Zwick has rounded up the best ways to not only see results quickly but how to make them long-lasting as well.
1. Figure out your fitness goals right after your engagement
You should shop for their wedding dress anywhere from six months to a year before your big day. And nothing causes more issues during the alterations process than extreme weight loss. "Your goal 'look' includes the shape of the gown you want, as well as your goal weight," advises Zwick. "Will it be a drastic change or will it only be a few pounds? Perhaps you are content with the number on the scale, but you long for tone and definition. When seeking more of a drastic change, future brides need to do so safely and effectively so that there is no crash diet leading up to the wedding."
2. Examine your current diet and make any necessary changes
"Once a workout regimen is established, it's just as important to assess diet," states Zwick. "What are you currently eating and how much are you eating? Are you a heavy carb eater? Do you need to increase fruit and vegetable intake or perhaps cutback on guilty pleasures? When you plan ahead, not only will you be able to establish a routine but you'll be practicing a healthy lifestyle which will allow you to feel and look your absolute best on your wedding day."
3. Stick to your plan the best you can
Taking the time to schedule your workouts each week will work wonders for your fitness. Zwick suggests, "Physically plug the time into your calendar and purchase or book your classes in advance so that you're less likely to cancel, and catching up with friends by trying a new class or going for a hike, etc. It's inevitable that you'll have many last minute meetings with weddings planners and vendors, but it's important to stick with your fitness regimen as closely as you can."
4. Blend light weight training, dance, and core strengthening exercises
"When planning specific workouts, incorporating strength training can help change the numbers on the scale," says Zwick.
5. Keep up with whatever works post-wedding to maintain your weight loss
The best way to maintain your shape once you are happy with your wedding dress and how you feel in it is by not changing your fitness and diet habits too drastically. "Stick to what is working," recommends Zwick. "Continue along with your regular workout routine and don't reduce or increase your calorie intake. If you feel that losing too much weight will make an adjustment with how much you're working out, perhaps cut back to three or four classes a week instead of your usual five."
6. Use your workouts as stress relievers.
"Turn off your phone, don't pin before class, and just get lost in the music and the workout — this is your 'me' time," recommends Zwick. "It will be a great time to clear your mind, kick your butt, and get steps closer to becoming that fit bride you've always dreamed of."