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10 Questions You Have About Getting in Shape for Your Wedding

Getting wedding ready takes a lot of work. There’s finding a hair and makeup team you trust, prepping your skin with monthly facials and getting your body in tip top shape. Any needs for hair, makeup, and skin, Magda’s Designs Inc. has you covered. For fitness, we sat down with expert, Jenn Hansen. We asked and she answered the top 10 questions brides want to know about getting in shape for their wedding.

Jenn Hansen, fitness guru, does TRX, HITT, body sculpting, cardio, kickboxing, pre and post pregnancy workouts, and has worked with many brides. It’s more than just getting ready for your wedding, she points out, it’s about picking up the right habits that will stick with you throughout your life. “Be proactive rather than reactive.”

1. What’s the quickest way to slim down?
“Follow the 80%-20% rule. More like the 75% – 25%. With 75% nutrition and 25% exercise. Exercise to build a little muscle and tone.”

2. What can I do to get my arms and shoulders in good shape?
“Incorporate your workouts with other things. i.e. lunge with dumbbells, so you’re working your core as well. Do higher reps with lower weight, and constantly change tempo and speed.”

3. Any Natural Detoxes?
“I do a cleanse twice a year, before the holidays and before summer. It’s a 9 day cleanse called the Beyond Diet by Isabel De Los Rios. I follow her because you’re still eating. I don’t work out during my cleanse, I just rest as much as I can and let my body heal.”

4. What can I do to lose weight if I don’t have much time to work out?
“Always make time. When you’re at work, try getting up every hour, grab a notebook, walk around, sit on a stability ball. Even at home, they have workout shows on On Demand. Educate yourself on healthy eating. There’s always something you can do.”

5. After the final dress fitting I don’t want to lose anymore weight, how can I maintain?
“I like to use the My Fitness Pal app. It helps you keep track of your diet. So if you notice with a certain diet and workout, you’re losing weight each week, you could either increase your calorie count, or don’t work out as hard.”

6. How often should I be working out?
“At least 5 days a week, 3 days of body sculpting, the other 2 can be cardio and core.”

7. What are the best exercises for getting rid of a muffin top?
“Muffin top is mainly diet. You could do a ton of crunches and core work, but it won’t go away without a diet change.”

8. How often should I see a trainer?
“Ideally 2-3 times a week. Find a trainer that will work to fit your needs.”

9. What is the best diet for weight loss?
“Eat food that give you natural energy: avocados, chia seeds, good fats etc.. Don’t eat bad sugars that will cause you to burn out in a few hours.”

10. Do I have to switch up my workout?
“Yes, after two weeks of the same cardio routine, you won’t see a difference. If you see you’re not winded, your body got used to it and you’re not exerting as much energy. You won’t get the results you want.”

“With any ‘quick fix cures’ you’ll end up putting the weight back on,” says Jen. “The best things in life don’t come easy, you have to work at it.”

It was such a pleasure meeting with Jenn. She really knows what she’s talking about, and it’s easy to see she loves what she does. To book Jen for in home fitness training or at Platinum Fitness in Verona N.J. email her at jenhansen@yahoo.com.

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