Friday, March 5, 2010

Bootcamp Q & A

Know Your Limits

Q: I have a lot of weight to lose before my wedding. Do you think I should ramp up my fitness regimen so that I'm working harder than your average bride?

A: You may be surprised to learn that some of my brides have lost 100 pounds in less than a year, thanks to Bridal Bootcamp — but that's if you follow the program like a good, dedicated soldier. While these results aren't typical, there's proof that it can be done.

Got more than that to lose? I still recommend that you not attempt to increase the intensity of the Fitness Plan. I've designed it so that you'll be challenging your body more than enough to burn calories, gain muscle mass (picture yourself flaunting beautifully toned arms in your straplessVera Wang), and ultimately lose weight at a safe rate.

It's also crucial that you abide by my recommended number of rest days. From the day you start the program until you're 12 weeks away from your wedding, you'll have three days a week off. And you'll need this time off, especially if you're out of shape.

Also keep in mind that when you exercise, you're putting stress on your muscles, and that causes tiny tears in themuscle fibers and connective tissue (and the soreness you feel after a tough workout). As your body repairs these tears, it builds muscle and increases strength. So giving your muscles time to heal is essential — not to mention one of your best defenses against injury.

If you're worried about not reaching your target weight in time for your wedding, start right away! The longer you give yourself, the better your results. Nothing is worth sacrificing your health — not even your own wedding.

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