Friday, June 10, 2016

"Sweating for the Wedding"?

Being fit and healthy is definitely a positive choice for any lifestyle but it can take a bit of time in both results and commitment. With a fast approaching wedding date, it may seem like there won’t be time to get the appearance you would like. However, there are many workout routines that can help start the process fast as well as taking as little as 30 minutes per workout. I like to focus these wedding-time workouts on the arms and calorie burning workouts. I like to focus on these two since the arms are most likely to be exposed while in a dress and calorie burning is a good catch all to staying fit. There are so many that can benefit you but these are some of my personal favorites.


Dumbbell Overhead Press

-Start with gripping the dumbbells a little above shoulder height while standing with your feet firmly planted on the ground and stable. Extend the arms up while keeping a strong core. Return to the starting position with a controlled motion.

-Do 3 sets of 8-10 repetitions.

-This is a great workout that can target multiple muscle groups.

Lateral Raises

-Start with a lighter weight than the last workout (this one is a little tough). Start with the weights by your side and raise them out to the side in a controlled motion. Return to starting position with the same controlled motion.

-Do 2-3 sets of 10 repetitions.

-I really like this workout because it targets a muscle group that often doesn’t get used as much. You may start feeling this workout after the first set, if it becomes too much, go down in weight and try to complete the remaining sets. Remember that this is all at your own pace!

Chin-ups / Chin-ups with negative

-Start with gripping the bar about shoulder-length apart with your palms facing towards you. Engage the biceps as you pull your body up towards the bar until your chin is above the bar. Return to starting position in a controlled motion.

-Do 3 sets of 10 repetitions.

-Chin-ups are a great workout to get that bicep working. If they are too hard at just body-weight try the negative weight on the Dip/Pull up station or simply use a box/elevated position to give you the needed boost at the beginning.

Calorie Burners

Box Jump

-Start in front of your box/platform bend slightly and explode into a jump. Land with both feet on to your platform and stepdown safely to the starting position. Don’t jump off, you don’t want to hurt yourself!

-Do 3 sets of 20 repetitions.
-This exercise will really work up a sweat after just the first set! It’s perfect for warming up with or at the end of a workout. If you’re doing it as a warm up I would recommend one more set to really make sure you’re getting the most benefit out of the workout.


-Yes, hiking! It’s summer time and these can be as difficult or easy as you need. Typically, you get a beautiful view of nature and burn those calories. This is a photo at the top of Mineral Ridge, a great hiking spot near Coeur d’Alene, ID, where Lu Raquel is headquartered.

These are just a few of the workouts I love to incorporate into my life. Remember, your workout can be as fun as you want from weight-lifting to Zumba to aerobics. All of these are great workouts to get you in tip-top shape for your big day! Enjoy!


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