Do you think looking physically good on your wedding day is a healthy goal to have?
I feel like every bride wants to look their very best on their special day, and really, who wouldn't? But the focus for me is to keep stress levels down and keep them focused on being in the present moment (even if it's only for a couple hours a week).
Initially brides come to me to lose weight or to tone-up, but once we start working together they realize there is much more to it than “just” the fitness aspect. Most times they are quite surprised at the results they’ve achieved, as well as the mental stimulation it's given them.
What advice would you give a bride who wanted to get in shape for her wedding?
Time! Please give yourself time to get in shape. Reality is, it will not happen overnight and you need consistency.
Yes, it is work. Daily. But I would rather assist someone with a lifestyle change than have them struggle with a fad diet. I want all of my clients to be healthy and have balance- that's my main goal.
Read Gill's testimonial about her experience with Coach Compton's bootcamp.
Do you have any healthy weight loss tips?
- Be Patient: Give yourself time- not just to lose weight, but to add and tone muscle too. The key is to understand your body and listen to what it needs, when it needs it.
- Eat More Often: Starving yourself does not aid in weight loss, nor do fad diets. Eating 5-6 small meals a day will keep you consistent and reduce cravings. A great rule of thumb is 80/20; make 80% of the food you eat healthy and have fun with 20% of your daily calories.
- Prep and Plan: No matter how busy you get, be sure to plan and prepare your meals (and have a few healthy snacks ready for when you're on the go). Never leave an opportunity for you to be tempted to grab something just because it's quick. Stay focused on your goal!
- Drink Lemon Water: Time to zest things up! Water is your best friend. Drinking your required amount will help your skin to look fresh, it will keep your body hydrated, and it'll stimulate weight loss!
- Get Some Sleep: Get your required 7-8 hours of sleep. It plays a huge role in weight management because of the impact it has on the hormones that control how you burn fat, how you store fat, and how you're maintaining muscle. The better your hormone balance, the better your weight management.
- Change Up Your Workouts: When you work multiple muscles at the same time, you're getting your cardiovascular exercise in while you strength-train. You're not only saving time, but you're burning more calories while you're doing it. This is great if you are short on time!
Is weight loss the #1 reason a bride would enrol in your bootcamp, or any of your programs?
Brides enroll with me for many reasons! Weight loss tends to be the most popular goal for women who contact me either for bootcamp, on-line training, or personal training. I've had other brides join simply to tone-up, to reduce stress, to take care of themselves and remain active, and some enroll just for something fun to do with their bridesmaids. I’ve witnessed some really good bonding amongst the ladies in those situations!
Where does the Compton fitness philosophy fit in?
For me, my philosophy is something I truly believe in. Knowledge is power.
Loving yourself enough to take care of yourself at all stages in life- no matter what size or shape you may be- can be difficult for some people, but everyone should believe that they are beautiful. I don't think the women walking through my doors believe this about themselves...at first. It comes with time, understanding, and positive affirmations. It isn't until later, when you see each of them progress, that they start to embody the philosophy.
Physical activity becomes part of your lifestyle, and it extends to those around you as well. Most recently I had a group of girls that completed The Color Run 5k. Before starting bootcamp, they had never dreamt about doing a 5km run, but now it's making their bucket list!
For some motivation, here are a few everyday women that are seeing their full potential by embodying the Compton fitness philosophy:
Do you have tips for maintaining momentum post-bootcamp?
- Once your 6 week Bootcamp program is done, you are more than welcome to sign up again- many do!
- During the summer, some people find it easier to do the online training; this tends to keep them on track with their goals while on vacation, but still accountable because of the follow up meetings.
- Everything I show during my bootcamps you can also replicate on your own.
- I host drop-camps as well, so if you need a greater challenge in your personal routine or a motivating push, you can always join in (and you can bring friends too!)
- Education is key to lessening the intimidation factor of walking into a gym. I hope that with the information you learn from my bootcamps about muscle structure, equipment set-up, and routines, you will be able to confidently continue your workouts.
- Along the way if any of my clients need assistance, they know where to find me. My door is always open.
Do you feel like your own personal experience has helped you relate to brides?
Definitely. Before my own transformation of a weight loss of 80lbs, I knew what it was like to not fit into that perfect dress or pair of pants. Now, my experience and education has brought me to this point where I can help women overcome their own worries and fears.
When they're not seeing that number on the scale move and the wedding date is creeping closer, it becomes about embracing all the highs and lows and having someone who understands and supports you.
What is your Bridal Training Program all about?
This program is for all women ages 16 and up; brides, bridesmaids, even the mothers of the bride (or groom). All fitness levels are welcome too, from off the couch to athlete. The training is diverse and changes weekly covering weight and conditioning training, HIIT, plyometric training, boxing and kickboxing, and even yoga.
What is most rewarding for you about working with brides?
My favourite moments are always the dress-fittings! Yep, I get my own private dress rehearsal; no bridal party and no parents, just the bride and I. This is when I get the chance to see the results of all their hard work and make note of any fine tuning we still need to do (provided time is on our side).
How did you prepare mentally and physically for your own wedding day?
For me, whenever I felt overwhelmed with all the preparations, I would make a point of going to the gym to do my workout. It seemed that was the only hour that I had to myself where I could be in my own thoughts and my own space. That one hour reduced my stress and was the source of new energy for me, as well as mental clarity.
On the day of the wedding I woke up and ate a good breakfast. I also had healthy snacks packed for later. The wonderful Hacienda Sarria team had everything else my wedding party and I needed to eat and drink while we got ourselves ready in their bridal suite.
It's critical to stay well hydrated and eat healthy foods throughout your wedding day. This will help you maintain a proper blood sugar level so that you don’t end up "running on fumes”, and it also helps to keep your stresses to a minimum!
Have a good support team, and not necessarily family. A great sounding board will make a world of difference! Your event planner, coach, or best friend- these are all people who can help you have the best day possible.