Bridal Fitness: Pre-wedding Workouts
Being a bride can be stressful, not only to make sure everything is in place for your wedding day, but also the need to look and feel beautiful on your special day.
Check out my quick pre-wedding workout I did for Inside Weddings with must have exercises that will tone your upper body, sculpt your lower body and turbo charge calorie burn to help and make you feel strong and beautiful on your wedding day!
Planning a wedding can be time consuming, but brides will be able to fit in these quick workouts from fitness insider, Christine Bullock. Bullock gives Inside Weddings an exclusive, first-look at easy, at-home exercises that will whip brides into shape before their big day.
Bridal gowns highlight two areas: the upper body and the waistline. For the ultimate effect, focus on exercises for the arms, upper back, chest, front abdominals, lower back, and obliques. These exercises will concentrate on toning the upper-body and waist but also give a full-body workout.
Exercise #1: Bridal Dress Press
Don’t stress about going strapless with this exercise that works the shoulders, chest, biceps, triceps, and waist.
Start in a plank on forearms with palms facing down, elbows below shoulders, and legs long.
Place left hand underneath shoulder and press body upward. Bring right hand in so that the final position is a full plank position with both arms straight.
Jump both feet in, tucking knees toward the outside of the left elbow. Jump feet back into full plank and quickly repeat on opposite side.
Lower left elbow down to the floor, followed by the right elbow. Final position should be forearm plank. Repeat these steps 10-15 times, alternating the lead arm.
Exercise #2: Super Bride
Step aside, Super Man. Take a break from running around while planning, and work the upper body like a Super Bride!
Place hands on floor slightly wider than shoulder-length apart. Extend legs back into a wide V-shape.
Bend elbows wide and lower chest to floor into a push-up.
Press body back up. Once a stable point is reached, lift opposite arm and leg like Super Woman! Lower hand and foot to floor before repeating the exercise. Alternate arm and leg. Repeat these steps 5-10 times on each side.
Exercise #3: Kick Off Those Dancing Shoes
Tone the entire back while focusing on the triceps and abs by practicing your best moves and kicking off those dancing shoes.
Sit with legs long and together so just heels are touching the ground. Place hands behind hips facing forward.
Press down through hands and feet to lift hips into a reverse plank.
Bend elbows into a tricep press. Make sure hips continue to stay lifted in reverse plank.
Press back to reverse plank while kicking right leg to the sky. Repeat movement 10-15 times with alternating leg kicks.
Christine Bullock has spent the last decade of her life working with health and beauty industry leaders all over the globe and has counseled and trained thousands of people looking to improve their heath and well-being from the inside out. She has a B.A. in Psychology and Education from Chatham University and is a certified Nutrition and Wellness Counselor. Christine has been featured in Men’s Health and was the face of a national video campaign for Equinox. Visit christinebullock.com for more fitness inspiration including at-home workout videos, beauty advice, and nutrition tips. Fitness photographs by Nicholas Borsodi.
Adapted From: Inside Weddings