The engagement that we’ve all been waiting for has come to pass – Prince William and Kate Middleton are slated to be married this spring. The eyes of the world have never been on Kate more than now, and it will only increase as the wedding comes closer. Women the world over have been under the same scrutiny, albeit in a less intensive light, and know too well the pressure to be a bride in top physical condition. Kate has always been in good physical condition, although she was seen to drop quite a bit of weight when her relationship with Prince William came into the public eye, quite possibly due to the harassment of the media. While in college, she was the captain of the hockey team. She loves to ski and goes skiing with Prince William several times a year.
Well, the final week of the wedding fitness plan is upon us and I hope that you have found success with your workout routines. Over the past few weeks I covered the importance of self-stretching as well as assisted stretching, but this week self-massage is the focus. Self-massage can be referred to as self myofascial release, which is a form of soft tissue therapy.
Wedding Season Week 10:
“Nothing takes as long as you think when you put your heart and mind to it.” (unknown)
Tip: Snacking before a workout is extremely important. By doing so, you will provide your body with enough fuel or energy to get through a long hard workout. Keep it small and simple, then grab a good healthy meal right after. A few quick healthy pre-workout snacks are fruit, granola, protein bar, egg whites, or a vegetable. (more…)
Week eight of the wedding fitness plan consisted of self-stretching exercises and I hope that you found them beneficial along with the previous weeks. Today the focus is on assisted stretching. Assisted stretching is a more advanced form of stretching due to the fact that you can stretch different parts of the body (that are unattainable by yourself) and stretch past the point of comfort. As a trainer, I stretch my clients after every workout to help lengthen the muscles and prevent the risk of future injuries.
Wedding Season Week 9:
“Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now!!” (Goethe)
Tip: Remember to listen to your body, it knows when enough is enough and when to push it. (more…)
Last week we discussed core stability training and the importance of staying hydrated. Over the next few weeks, we are going to discuss the importance of stretching. Today, the topic is focused on self stretching.
Wedding Season Week 8:
“Learn to relax. Your body is precious, as it houses your mind and spirit. Inner peace begins with a relaxed body.” (Norman Vincent Peale)
Tip: Remember to warm-up and cool down before and after your workouts. I understand that it takes time away from the actual workout, but it’s worth it. (more…)
Wow, it’s the middle of June already? Does time fly or what? Last week we discussed Olympic lifts/exercises and the importance of proper form and technique. By perfecting these lifts, your technique for easier lifts will be much better. This week we will be taking a trip down Core Stability Blvd.!
Wedding Season Week 7:
“If you think you can or think you can’t; you’re right!!”
Tip: Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day and during your workout. Try to avoid sugary sports drinks or high sugar/carbohydrate fruit drinks. These drinks are only necessary when you are working out for extended amounts of time and your electrolytes are depleted, otherwise water is the only necessary fluid to put into your body. Try to intake 80 to 100 ounces a day if you exercise at a moderate to high intensity level. (more…)