The wedding workout needn't just be for the bride. Most guys want to look their best for their I Do moment, too, but advice on how to slim down for your tux is far less available. That's where Minnetonka native Dustin Pederson can help. The nationally recognized body builder dishes a few tips on how to help your guy get buff for the big day.
What should an average Joe who wants to lose a little weight before the big day do when at the gym?
To lose weight, you need to gain more muscle mass—so work on strength training to increase muscle, which also increases your natural metabolism throughout the day. But, don’t look at the scale every day. Instead, take self-portraits of your progress because the scale could go up from muscle gain, but you’re still losing inches. And, it’s also about clean eating. If you know you’re eating healthy, and you’ve been going to the gym and getting a good workout three to five days per week, you should see results after that first month.
Break it down: What’s the ideal routine?
Unless you do your cardio first thing in the morning, I say lift weights first and do cardio second. If you use your stored energy to lift weights first, you’re going to feel stronger and better than if you did cardio first because your body will have used all the simple energy, simple carbs, and simple sugars to power lift your workout. So when you do cardio at the end, you’re reaching into that stored calorie system to burn fat.
How can you tell if you’re getting an effective workout or just overdoing it?
You should lift what you’re comfortable with at the gym, and if the next day your arms aren’t sore, you can increase the weight. You want to be a little sore the next day to know your muscles are getting a good workout.
Any last pieces of advice?
Cardio doesn’t have to be done every day. Keep it to 20 or 30 minutes every other day, and focus on strength training. You want to add muscle to your entire body—there’s no such thing as spot lifting to get rid of fat in certain areas.