You're hiring a caterer, florist, and wedding planner, so why not also enlist the expertise of a personal trainer? If you're trying to lose weight for your wedding, having a trainer can be one of the best ways to help you reach your goals. But since you're on a timeline, it's important to ensure you're getting what you need from your training sessions. Here's how to hire the right personal trainer before you walk down the aisle.
- Start early: Personal trainers can help you get results fast, but they're not miracle workers. Waiting too late to lose the weight can add unwanted pressure, which can make workouts stressful and ineffective. To ensure you have enough time to lose weight the healthy way, celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson recommends that future brides start shopping for a trainer at the beginning stages of their wedding planning (like when you start looking for the venue).
- Know your goals: Your personal-training package will start with an initial assessment of your fitness level, but you should have an idea before you begin your trainer search of what you want to get out of your sessions. Are you already a pro on the elliptical but want to know how to get your arms in strapless-wedding-gown shape? Do you need your trainer to recommend a healthy eating plan to complement your time in the gym? Knowing what you want in a trainer helps you both ask the right questions before designing your fitness regimen.
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- Maximize your investment: You're not going to see results by just dropping by the gym to see your trainer once a week. Supplement your sessions with your own workouts, and ask a lot of questions whenever your trainer has you do an exercise that you've never done before. You'll see results faster and will be able to use the information you learn during your sessions on your own time. Read more on how to maximize your personal-training investment here.
- Move on if you need to: Don't stick with a personal trainer you're unhappy with — planning for a wedding means you don't have time to waste. Let your trainer know of any concerns you have right away, and if you find that your fitness philosophies or personalities don't quite click, don't be afraid to break up with your trainer and find a new one.
- DIY it: You may need to start looking for a trainer early on in your wedding prep, but no need to spend thousands of dollars on a year-long training package. Once you've spent time with your trainer and have set goals, take what you've learned from your sessions and do the workouts on your own time. It may help to schedule sessions every few weeks to ensure you're staying on track and doing the moves correctly, but if you don't have the money to drop on a dedicated personal-training plan, spreading out your sessions can be a cost-effective way to use your trainer's expertise. Read our ideas for using those personal-trainer tricks during your own workouts here.
Will you be hiring a personal trainer to lose weight for your wedding?