Prepping for your HomeBody Boudoir Shoot with IzzyFit Personal Training

Occasionally on the HomeBody blog we chat about things you can do to prepare for your boudoir session with HomeBody Photography. Everything from ‘what to wear?’ to ‘how do I prepare my home?’. Today we’re super pumped to have an expert share a few tips, tricks and secrets with us on how you can prepare your body in the weeks leading up to your HomeBody boudoir photography session.If you’re in Chicago and looking for a personal trainer to get you motivated and on the right track, look no further then Izzy with IzzyFit Personal Training!



by Isabelle Libmann (aka Izzy) of IzzyFit Personal Training, Chicago

A HomeBody boudoir shoot is one that celebrates YOU in your element. There’s nothing worse than showing up to something important feeling even the slightest bit unprepared, so I’ve come up with these tips to help you feel your most confident by the day of your shoot. If you’re new to exercise and clean eating, consult with a medical professional before doing any of the below.


  • Get off the elliptical and lift heavier weights during your workouts! You will not look like a body builder by your shoot date but what you COULD get is a little bit more tone by the time you’re in front of the camera. Aim for 3 sets of 8-12 repetitions. The weight should be heavy enough that by the end of your set, you could have done two more reps. Try to get 2-3 strength training workouts in a week.
  • Get the most bang for your buck and do exercises like squats, assisted pull-ups, pushups, deadlifts. These work a lot of muscle groups at once so you get WAY more of a return on your investment where time is concerned. Not sure how to do these properly? Talk to a trainer or consult a book like The New Rules of Lifting: Supercharged by Lou Schuler and Alwyn Cosgrove or Rachel Cosgrove’s Drop Two Sizes: A Proven Plan to Ditch the Scale, Get the Body You Want & Wear the Clothes You Love!
  • OK, you can get back on the elliptical but make sure to get your heart rate up. Doing intervals once or twice a week can keep your body burning calories long after your workout is done. You want to spike your heart rate for a short period of time (I’m talking 15-30 seconds) so that you feel like you’re at an 8 or 9 on a difficulty scale of 1-10; then, recover until you’re back at a level 5-6. Repeat 5-15 times. If you’ve never done intervals before, start by doing them once a week so you don’t burn out.
  • Try to limit your starchy carb intake to the three hours after your workout when your body can best process those carbs. Starchy carbs include bread, rice, pasta, potatoes, whole grains. You can still have veggies, fruits, legumes/beans any time of the day.


  • Start adding more veggies into every meal. Aim for two servings per meal. Two servings equals 1 cup raw cut-up veggies or 2 cups of raw, leafy veggies.
  • Is there a food that you know makes you feel gross/bloated/lethargic but you eat it anyway? Now’s a good time to cut it out. It can take 3-4 weeks for your body to let go of stuff it doesn’t like. Over that time you may start to feel lighter, more energized, your skin may look more radiant (which will make you look that much more stunning in your photos!).


  • Drink lots of water! Aim for 2-3 liters a day. It will not only help you feel more awake and clear-headed, it’ll give your skin more of a glow. A good way to keep water-drinking on your mind is to carry a large bottle with you at all times. New to drinking water? Gradually up your intake over time.


  • A little color on the skin helps give your body a more solid and toned look. If you’re super pale like me, try airbrush tanning (not spray tanning in a booth). When you go in for a professional airbrush tan, you can get a customized shade that will keep you from looking orange and unnatural.


  • No alcohol. Drinking the night before a shoot can cause you to wake up puffy.
  • Get a really good night’s sleep! Everyone has their magic number of hours; whatever yours is, do what you need to do, to get it!

Remember that these are only tips and strategies to get you feeling like your body is a temple. Incorporate one or all of these, it’s up to you. Fitness needs to be a sane, fun and integrated part of your life in order for it to work, so find what’s best for you and you’ll soon find yourself camera-ready!





The New Rules of Lifting: Supercharged:

Drop Two Sizes: A Proven Plan to Ditch the Scale, Get the Body You Want & Wear the Clothes You Love!:

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