Get in shape with Kettleworx

June 13, 2009 5:48:39 AM PDT
We're in the middle of wedding season. For all the brides and bridesmaids trying to get in shape for the big day, we have some tips. Fitness expert and Kettleworx creator Ryan Shanahan joined us with some exercises that require just one piece of equipment. BRIDAL BOOTCAMP WORKOUT:

Four of Ryan's Signature "Must Do" KettleWorx Kettlebell exercises for a Hot Wedding Day Bod:

Core Rower
S.W.A.T. Lunge
Figure 8

These exercises flatten the stomach, sculpt the butt and tone the arms, which are the most visible areas in a wedding dress!


Pre-Wedding Day Parties
Eat healthy food at home so you aren't starving at the party. This will prevent you from eating too much of what is typically high calorie foods.

Alcohol = Empty Calories
Limit your alcohol consumption or have a wine spritzer to dilute the alcohol.
Wine Spritzer=2 parts white wine to one part sparkling mineral water.

Feeling overwhelmed or stressed??
SWING A KETTLEBELL! Even just a few minutes will help--the rhythmic swing, tight grip on the handle and physical movement will help by both burning calories and releasing endorphins-the feel-good hormones!

Enlist a friend to work out with you!
With all the focus on the wedding, plans, etc, invite a friend/sibling/parent to join you in working out! It is a great break from all the "to-dos" and gives you some uninterrupted time to be with someone special you might not have had time for lately.

Feed yourself throughout the day (every 2-3 hours) to keep energy up
Eat a healthy breakfast within 1 hour of waking, mid-morning snack 2-3 hours later, lunch 2-3 hours later, light snack 2-3 hours late and dinner at least 3 hours before sleeping!

Follow the "Food-Fist" Rule
Use the size of your fist as a guide for portion control. Don't eat portions that are bigger than the size of your fist! You're almost to that big day, so maintaining your fit, fabulous body by limiting intake is especially important.

"Must Do" Nutrition Tips for Radiant Skin on your Wedding Day
Starting three Days before your wedding, eat plenty of the following:

Green Salad with Olive oil & Lemon Juice
Berries and Melon
Switch from Coffee to Green Tea
Drink 10 Glasses of Water per Day

These foods act as natural anti-inflammatories, making you look and feel slimmer, while producing radiant skin in just a few days!

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Ryan Shanahan is the world's leading kettlebell trainer and foremost expert in kettlebell fitness. He is an internationally acclaimed trainer who regularly works with superstars and exclusive private clients, including the cast and crew of major feature films. For more than ten years, Ryan has conducted private kettlebell training sessions working out of the Toronto Film Studio and now has now developed KettleWorx for the general public. Other facts about Ryan: Over the last 20 years, he's played professional hockey, represented Canada at the World Duathlon Championship, completed 22 triathlons and two marathons. After just seven weeks of intense training, he earned 2nd place at the Heavyweight Drug Free Bodybuilding Contest in 2007. In addition to movie stars and models, Ryan has often worked with athletic trainers, physiotherapists, physicians and other fitness and health care professionals.