It’s no wonder February is considered the month of love. According to the National Association of Bridal Consultants, it is also officially National Wedding Month–due to the number of couples who start planning for the big day. And with an estimated one million couples who got engaged over the holidays, you might be one of them! If you’re planning a summer wedding, check out this move of the month plan from Stephanie Walker and Sarah Ashenden, personal trainers from Fitness Formula Clubs, located in Chicago. To start, they recommend strength training for 30 minutes twice a week along with 30 minutes of cardio 3-5 days per week. Get started with the first move below and then add on a different exercise each month.
February: Triceps Dip
Since you’ll be standing with your back to all your guests for your ceremony, you want the back of your arms to look sleek and toned. Sit on a weight bench with legs slightly bent, feet flat on floor. Place hands on bench by thighs and press palms into the bench to lift your butt. Slide your butt off edge and bend elbows to drop hips 3 inches from floor. Straighten arms and slide hips back without sitting down. Repeat 8 to 10 times for 3 reps.
March: Chest Fly
This exercise will eliminate any bulges for brides who choose a strapless dress. Lie on the floor or a bench with dumbbells, knees bent and feet touching the floor. Hold weights over chest with palms facing each other. Keeping elbows slightly bent, lower arms out to the sides until they are level with chest. Squeeze chest to bring arms back up to starting position. Repeat 8-10 times for 3 reps.
Walker and Ashenden also say that now’s the time you should start increasing weight or repetitions if exercises are getting too easy. If toning is your goal, choose lighter weights with more reps and if you want to build muscle, go heavier with fewer reps.
There’s no faster way to tighten up your lower body and get a bridal booty your bridesmaids will definitely be jealous of! If you’ve mastered the traditional squat, try a ball squat. Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and place a stability ball between your lower back and a wall with your hands on hips. Bend your knees 90 degrees, making sure they don’t go past your toes. Return to start and complete 12 times for 3 reps.
May: Standing Wood Chop
Using a cable machine or a medicine ball, work your abs, obliques, glutes and back muscles with this exercise. Stand with feet slightly separated, left foot forward, holding medicine ball in both hands up high to your left side. Engage abs and bring the medicine ball down and across your body, keeping your torso and head straight and forward. Return to starting position. Repeat 8-10 times and then switch sides for a total of 3 complete repsR
June: Downward Dog
Whether your wedding is in June or anytime in the summer, it’s time to breathe and relax! Not only will yoga in general help, downward dog specifically requires hamstring flexibility, upper body and core strength. All the things you need to break loose on the dance floor!
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