Pre-wedding fitness

Hollyoaks star shares wedding weight loss transformation; see the AMAZING pictures

05 Jun 2018

Following her recent wedding to her now-husband Jon Smith, Hollyoaks actress Sarah Jayne Dunn has revealed her incredible 12-week body transformation. Here, she shares the secrets to her success...

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Getting in shape before the big day is a priority for most brides-to-be and the same was true for Hollyoaks star Sarah Jayne Dunn. 

Twelve weeks prior to her wedding day at The Holford Estate in Knutsford, Cheshire - which took place in May this year - Sarah embarked on a complete body transformation with Ultimate Performance Fitness. With an aim to look and feel her best on her special day, Sarah, 36, overhauled her body image with a bespoke diet and fitness regime that resulted in her dropping two dress sizes and 7kg in weight. 

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Sarah had hoped to achieve the pre-pregnancy body she had yearned to regain since giving birth to her son, Stanley, in August 2016 and the training and nutrition programme helped her to reach her goals and push her even further than she had hoped. 

Commenting on her what she wanted to attain, Sarah said: "I wanted fat loss, I wanted definition and I just wanted to feel my best. I wanted to feel energised and have healthy skin and all the things that go alongside being fit and healthy, and eating well and training well."

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Despite the impressive results, the Ultimate Performance Fitness regime was not rigorous or strict in its approach and offered a mix of online training and one-to-one sessions - perfect for slotting in to an already busy schedule. 

Sarah says: "What I didn’t want to do in the lead up to my wedding day was run myself into the ground, not eat properly, or make myself stressed out and not reach the goals that I wanted. What I found on the 12-week transformation is that it’s been the complete opposite: I was sleeping better, I had loads of energy, I was eating really well and I got into the best shape I’ve ever been in in my life. It’s made it effortless."

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The dietary side of the regime also proved straightforward, with Sarah learning how to alter and adapt her eating habits. She says: "It was much easier than I thought it was going to be. It’s just been about organisation and preparation. It’s more about portion control and getting into that routine of measuring out rice or sweet potato. There’s a huge list of foods that you can have. You’re in no way restricted and there’s loads of variety."

Sarah didn't even have to watch her intake during the pre-wedding celebrations: "I had two hen dos during the 12 weeks and still managed to lose fat on those weeks. I just had to ensure that between those occasions I was really bang on it with my programme, my training and my nutrition. It’s not been difficult. I really enjoyed my food."

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And it wasn't just Sarah who was pleased with the results. Her husband, Jon, and friends and family have also commended her dedication. Sarah says: "Jon is super proud of my transformation. He is a personal trainer, so he knew what was going to happen. It’s nice having someone supportive there with you. He has been able to help with meal prep and stand by me doing this. It’s important to have people around you who understand why you’re doing it and will support you."

 

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Here is a sample of Sarah's programme: 

Diet (Low Carb Day)

  • Breakfast - Omelette first thing
  • Snack/Post-workout - Pea protein and banana blend mid-morning
  • Lunch - Chicken breast and loads of greens with a tablespoon pesto
  • Afternoon snack - Tuna or chicken breast and half an avocado
  • Dinner - Salmon, loads of veg and sweet potato or brown rice

Sample Training

  • A1 - Split Squat -  4 sets x 8 reps
  • A2 - Seated supported row - 4 sets x 8 reps
  • B1 - BB Hip Thrust -  3 sets x 10 reps
  • B2 - Lat Pulldown 3 sets x 10 reps
  • C1- Incline hyper - 3 sets x 10 reps
  • C2 - Lat raise - 3 sets x 10 reps
  • C3 - Heavy sled push -15m

Read Sarah's full interview with Ultimate Performance Fitness here: https://upfitness.co.uk.