8-week Wedding Workout

Apr 7, 2016 | Health

OK, so the wedding is a mere eight weeks away and you’re no closer to your goal weight than you were when you got down on one knee.

We get it! Planning a wedding can be incredibly time-consuming, hugely stressful and pretty exhausting, leaving you little to no time to fit in regular exercise sessions.

With just eight weeks to go, you may feel like there’s absolutely no point in starting now, but that’s where you’re wrong.

The changes that can be made and the results that can be achieved in eight weeks are astounding, so don’t fall into the ‘it’s too late’ trap.

You’ve got two months; it’s go-time, champ.

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SmartGroom’s 8-week wedding workout plan…

Combine weight training with cardio

The most effective way to lose weight while building muscle mass is to combine cardio exercise with weight training.

Hours spent running on the treadmill will not create the change you want in eight weeks, while small bursts of cardiovascular activity in accordance with strength sessions will burn fat and increase muscle.

Similarly, there’s no correlation between the time spent training and the results rendered, so don’t spend all night in the gym under the assumption you’re working hard.

Dedicate a 30-minute window to your daily wedding workout session, tackle it head-on and leave the gym knowing you couldn’t have done any more.

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Do high-intensity interval training

High-intensity interval training is the way to go when you’ve got an eight-week window in which to tone up and trim down.

By alternating short periods of intense anaerobic exercise with less intense recovery periods, your body will automatically burn more fat.

Not only is high intensity more effective in an eight-week wedding workout programme, but it also continues to work long after you’ve left the gym with your body burning calories for an incredible two hours after you’ve ditched the trainers.

Hey, there’s a reason why most athletes favour this form of exercise over any other!

Cut out booze

If you’re serious about getting in shape for the big day, then it’s time to cut back on the booze or, if you’re up to the challenge, abstain completely.

Not only does alcohol fill your body with empty calories, it also lowers your motivation levels and causes you to stop off at that chipper you’d no intention of hitting before that third pint was bought.

Eight weeks without alcohol may seem a long time, but believe us, it will go a long way towards achieving that goal of yours.

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Pack in protein

Protein, protein and more protein is the name of the game when you’ve eight weeks to get yourself in tip-top condition for the big day.

Filling up on eggs, fish, nuts and lentils is absolutely vital if you want to build muscle and burn fat.

By replacing your standard carb-heavy breakfast for a protein-based one, you’ll feel fuller for longer, which will in turn remove the desire to needlessly snack throughout the day.

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail

When it comes to an intense eight-week programme, preparation is key.

Ensuring you have healthy food in stock for the week ahead should be as important as making sure you have your gym bag packed for the morning.

Dedicate a small window of time every evening to prepare food for the day ahead so you don’t find yourself hungry and reaching for the nearest convenient snack food. Also apply the same logic to your exercise routine and be sure you have everything you need for the next day’s session packed the night before.

It’ll soon become routine, don’t worry!