Holy crap my wedding is about 4 months away. Among the millions of things I need to do, one thing is to be in the best shape possible. Now I know I’m not overweight or anything, but I just want to look my very best. So here are a few things I’ve been doing lately, in case any of you are also “sweating for the wedding” or just trying to get into good summer shape.
I’m continuing with my ballet classes 1-2 times per week. The classes are 90 minutes and a good mix of cardio and toning. It gives me a good sweat and is a great workout. I used to also take separate classes in pointe shoes, but instead I am just taking my regular classes in pointe shoes to get more bang for my buck. Classes aren’t cheap so saving some money is a good thing and my muscles are extra sore afterwards.
I’m trying to diversify my workouts so I’ve been adding in some more cardio lately. 1-2 days a week I do the typical HIIT workouts (intervals) on the elliptical for about 20 minutes. Then 1-2 days a week, I have been trying to do longer consistent cardio workouts of 30-40 minutes. It’s kinda boring, but it’s a good way to change up my workouts.
I used to belong to the most amazing all women’s gym in college. It was called “New Attitudes” which is such a hilarious name. I was 20 and was the youngest and fittest person there, since it was mainly for older women who didn’t want to be at a gym with grunting dudes. But the best part about that gym was that when you started, a worker walked you through all the weight machines and made up a workout schedule for you – which machines, number of reps and size of the weights. Since starting on weight machines can be intimidating, it was a great start to me using weights since I was clueless. In the 2 years I went there, I was in the best shape and lost over 10 lbs of beer belly weight. Good stuff.
Anyways, so back in the day, I learned the importance of weight training. I’ve been lazy with weight lifting in the meantime. However, this year I’ve returned to the weight machines and am loving it. Sometimes women worry about weight training making them bulk up, but I can attest that I’ve only seen the opposite when I do weight training. I’m not a big person, so doing some weight training helps keep me lean and toned. If you’re questioning whether weight training will help you, just start right now and you won’t be disappointed.
I do lots of stretching in ballet class, but I try to do it with my gym workouts at well. I also love the Ballet Beautiful workouts (which are ballet-inspired workouts for people who don’t do ballet) by former ballerina Mary Helen Bowers. She advocates doing stretches in between each move to help keep your muscles long and lean. Obviously ballerinas have long lines so I trust her advice. So make sure you’re stretching too.
Anyone else working on their fitness this summer? Any tips of what else I can be working on? Also any plans for the long weekend? We’re going to an out of town wedding for my friend from law school, which should be really fun. Hope that everyone has a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend!