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GET FIT FOR YOUR GOWN!


Exhilaration: “I’ve dreamed of this day since I was a little girl.” Anticipation: “I can’t wait to be center stage, all eyes on me.” Apprehension: “Oh My God! All eyes are going to be on me!“

You’re getting married! You’ve picked out your dress. Bare shoulders and arms, sweetheart neckline, drop waist; it is perfection. This is “The Dress.” But wait. The pressure is on. You want to be perfection in the dress. You may start to ask yourself: “What can I do to make my body look striking in this dress? How can I have toned arms and shoulders? Can I look and feel my absolute best in this dress on the most special day of my life?”

The answer is yes… but you have work to do. Here’s how:

Be realistic. Look at your wedding dress and honestly assess your areas of concern. This will help you set goals for your first fitting. The time to start training is the day after you pick out your dress. The more time you allow yourself, the more pragmatic you can be in your approach. Your plan begins with assessing your body, including your weight, body fat percentage, and circumference of your upper arms, thighs, waist, hips, and chest. You will need to re-assess every four weeks to keep yourself on track.

Circuit Training. While each bride has unique goals for her wedding day transformation, the wish for a toned and taut body is universal. A technique that is tried and true for bringing the sexy back is circuit training. Pick three or four exercises per body part and perform them consecutively with little or no rest in between. After the last exercise in each group, perform one minute of cardio. If you don’t have access to a gym, you can do jumping jacks, run in place, or jump rope for your cardio. Repeat the circuit 3 times. Try to do your full body workout three times per week. On your “Active Rest” days you should perform 45 – 60 minutes of cardiovascular intervals. An example of this is two minutes of moderate intensity, followed by one-minute of high intensity for the duration of your workout. Intensity can be varied with speed (walk, run), incline (flat, elevated), position (sitting, standing), etc.