5 Workouts for brides

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1.)  Total-Body Burner

This move will tone and sculpt just about everything, so you’ll want to add it to your routine no matter what your dress looks like.

Come into a full push up position, balancing with your toes on a step.  Lower into a push up.   Bring your left knee toward your chest, then raise the knee out to the side until it’s at hip height.   Bring the knee back to center, then lower your foot back to the step and return to start.   Repeat the sequence for 8 reps.   Rest for 30 seconds, then switch sides.


2.)  Beat Bra Bulge: The Kickback

An amped-up version of yoga’s Cobra pose, the Kickback can get you closer to those sculpted shoulder blades your backless dress is begging to reveal.

Lie facedown on a mat with your legs together and a resistance band under your chest, holding one end in each hand, arms by sides.        Lift your chest and reach your arms straight out at shoulder level in front of you, keeping your shoulders down.   Hold for 1 count.


3.)  360 Shaper: The Push-Up Progression

Start with this all-in-one move that’ll lead you down the aisle toward a stellar upper body, no matter what your dress style.

Place your hands on a windowsill, table, or bench with your toes on the floor. Keep your body in a straight line, with your arms fully extended.    Bend your elbows 90 degrees; then push back up. Be sure to keep your abs engaged and your head in line with your spine. Continue doing push ups for about 30 seconds.      Next, hold yourself in the start position for another 30 seconds.

Advanced Version     Assume a regular push-up position with your hands on the floor, palms below your shoulders and your abs contracted.    Do 30 seconds of push-ups.      Hold the push-up plank position for 30 seconds. Contract your abs and squeeze your inner thighs together.

To Make It Even Harder… Add an alternating leg plank: Do 30 seconds of floor push-ups, then hold one leg out behind you in plank position for 30 seconds. After 15 seconds, switch legs.


4.)   360 Shaper: Cheerleader Raise

This move will raise your heart rate as you target your shoulders, helping to take care of excess flab as you tighten and tone the muscles underneath. Stay motivated: Imagine those dumbbells are 5-pound bouquets.      Stand with your fee hip-distance apart, one hand on your hip, the other holding a dumbbell at your side.     Raise the dumbbell above your head. Try to lengthen your opposite arm and leg away from each other.        Then drive the knee toward the elbow. (The more the legs work, the higher the calorie burn.)


5.)   Triceps Toner: Pullovers with Dumbbells

You’ll be toasting your guests at some point during your big day — here’s a move that’ll make your arms look tight as you raise that glass.

Lying on an exercise bench or large couch cushion, hold a 5- or 8-pound dumbbell in both hands with your arms extended over your chest.     Slowly lower the weight behind your head and return the weight back.   Do 15 reps. (Want it harder? Raise your legs and bend your knees 90 degrees.)




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