Boot camp puts brides on track to wedded bliss

Program combines all aspects of fitness training to prepare women for the big day

With a new batch of spring and summer bride-to-bes getting ready to say I do, fitting into that dream dress may be at the front of their minds but it isn't always at the top of their realistic to-do list. But Kim McGuire understands the importance of looking and feeling your best and she's found a way to help any bride " and her bridal party " squeeze into their once-in-a-lifetime dresses in a pinch.

Her solution is called "bridal boot camp" and it's a program that combines cardio, strength training and healthy eating, tailored to specific fitness goals and time frames. Bridal boot camp can be done individually, but McGuire suggests getting the party started early by inviting bridesmaids and the maid of honor to join, too.

"Boot camp with a whole bridal party is really fun. Organizing a wedding is extremely stressful and exercise really helps reduce that [stress]. If a group is all working towards more or less the same goal, then spirits stay high, people are in better moods and able to deal with the stresses of planning a wedding," said McGuire, who is certified in personal training, group fitness and senior fitness.

McGuire said she works with each bridal party personally to determine everyone's goals and schedules. If there's not a day or location everyone can meet on, she still makes sure everybody stays on track using an online logging program where they can enter their exercise and food intake for the day. She said she does a fitness and body composition assessment with each client so she can create appropriate exercises before the camp starts.

"A lot of people think they know what to do but they need that push or motivation. Depending on the schedule for that group, I will arrange times, days and locations that work best for that particular bridal party; we can do five days a week or once a week," said McGuire. "My approach is that, I'm your personal trainer whether you're in a group or one on one, and what I teach in my classes can be translated into a workout that everyone can do on their own. I don't do things that you can do only when you meet with me."

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