I’m Christie Wang, Principal Pilates instructor (PMA-CPT) at Endurance Pilates and Yoga. I teach classical NY style Pilates under the mentorship of Julie Erickson, the owner of Endurance Pilates and Yoga. I’m getting married at the end of September and know that many brides-to-be are looking forward to their weddings this year. For the next two months, I’ll be sharing my journey to feeling and looking my best; including healthy wedding prep nutrition, exercise and self-care routines.
First, I’ve found it essential to establish goals at the start of any wellness journey. My goals for the next three months is to eat whole, unprocessed foods (my definition of “clean”) and to keep up with my marathon training and Pilates practice. I don’t have a “goal weight” or dress size but, am focusing on cleaning up my diet and honing in on my workouts for more energy and focus
Given that I am a marathon runner and full time fitness professional, some of my physical activity levels may seem extremely high. The majority of my workouts center around Pilates and running as I am training the Chicago Marathon (one week after my wedding day). Here is what my training schedule in a week looks like:
As you can see, I run 5-6x a week and try to do Pilates 2-3x a week in a group class setting. My speed workouts are either done with the Heartbreak Hill Running groups (or the Studio) or on my own. They change between a hill workout, track workout and tempo workout. My long runs increase and decrease dependent on the plan I am following (13-22). I supplement this with an active rest day (Yoga or a Barre class where I take it easy) and some of my own personal mat Pilates practice at home. That said, it’s important to understand your physical abilities and build your exercise plan based on your personal schedule and goals. Everyone’s journey will look a little different!
Some may opt for weight lifting, boot camps or HIIT classes for cardio. For others, running or taking a Vinyasa Yoga class can give you a similar experience. Pilates offers a great combination of weights (springs/tension with apparatus), body movement to tone, and stretching to lengthen muscles and increase flexibility.Stay tuned for Part II: Maintaining a balanced pre-wedding diet
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This post is written by Christie Wang, an instructor at Endurance Pilates and Yoga. It does not represent the beliefs, opinions or advice of Endurance Pilates and Yoga as a studio or of Julie Erickson, the owner of Endurance Pilates and Yoga.