FITNESS/Brett Hoebel

Brett Hoebel is founder of Hoebel Fitness and trainer on NBC’s The Biggest Loser season 11. Hoebel is one of the most sought-after weight-loss, nutrition and lifestyle coaches in the country. His integrative philosophy and body-mind approach come from his diverse experience in Eastern and Western disciplines, including his martial arts training in capoeira and Muay Thai kickboxing, as well as his educational background in functional strength training, nutrition, yoga and holistic health. He was a pre-med student at Claremont McKenna College, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree with a dual major in psychology and biology. He furthered his education taking graduate courses in biomedical science at Rutgers University.

I have known Brett Hoebel for 15 years. I sat down with Brett to discuss fitness and health for those wanting to know about trimming down for that special day…

SR:  I’ve known you as my personal trainer and friend and someone that I am very proud of in terms of what you’ve developed in the world of fitness. What made you decide to go into fitness?

BH:  My father, a Professor at Princeton, gave me a great piece of advice, “If you do a job that you love, it shouldn’t feel like work “… I had grown up seeing that with having his example. I had no plans on doing fitness and fell into it accidentally, but learned soon after that I had a great passion for fitness after having been the fat kid.

SR:  What I want to chat with you about is getting fit for a wedding. A lot of women want to know, “When is the best time to start preparing for a wedding?”

BH:  12 weeks in or as long as it takes to prepare for the wedding… Making sure to do lots of cardio or exercises that lean you and that do not bulk..

SR:  And for those career girls that are busy women who just seem to not have the time? Are there any exercises you can recommend? How often to see results?

BH:  There are programs online and apps that you can download.. 3 times a week is what you want to do as a minimum of training but any additional days leading up to the wedding is always a great thing…

SR:  Are there exercises that streamline the body a lot faster so that the fittings for the dress happen at a pace that’s comfortable to the bride?

BH:  By taking weights of 8 to 12 pound dumbbells, perform as many reps with excellent form within 30 second intervals, resting 30 seconds. Repeat this sequence three times …By alternating high intensity rounds of toners, you’ll torch calories while creating sexy curves… I do a “Bridal Boot Camp” for those who are interested in shaping the body just right for that special day.

SR:  Would you consider it a good thing for bride and groom to start a program together.

BH:  Yes, if you both are on board. I have found that most enjoy this goal that they can share.  It’s a great sense of accomplishment that you both can share and talk about at the wedding and years to come.

SR:  What is the BEST advice that you can give to a bride in terms of fitness? Crash diets i.e. etc?

BH:  Stay away from crash diets. I find it a bad idea juicing without a supervised program. There are several companies that offer well balanced systems that provide enough of the essentials.

SR:  Thank you Brett for taking the time to share your insight… Can’t wait to take another one of your amazing classes…

~ Though the planning is all so consuming, taking the time to workout to clear stress and reshape the body to wear your perfect dress will make you feel just that more special…

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