Whether you’re the bride-to-be, a bridesmaid, a wedding guest or simply looking for a fun new workout, this Wedding Workout will leave you sweaty, happy and ready to walk down the aisle.
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Will and I got engaged about 4 months ago now, and we still have zero part of our wedding planned. I know most couples jump on the planning train an hour after getting engaged, but between being apart for a 6 weeks after our trip to Nice (Will moved to Austin and I was wrapping things up in New York), moving to a new state, trying to find a job, Will traveling constantly for his new job, and craziness that is the holidays, planning a wedding was pushed to the back burner. Now that things are starting to settle down, the planning can actually begin!
I’ve made a few wedding workout plans for friends over the years, and look forward to making my own! While each plan I’ve made is different and tailored to the bride, I thought it would be fun to create one overarching Wedding Workout to share with all of you. You don’t have to be getting married to do this workout. It’s pretty much just me having fun with puns.
So say, “I Do!” to this sweaty soiree. It’s The Wedding Workout!
How to do the moves:
Walk(ing Lunges) Down the Aisle: Start standing with feet together. Take a controlled step forward with your right foot and lunge into the step, aiming to bend both knees to 90 degrees. The back knee should point toward the floor. Then, press into your right heel, push off your left foot, and bring your left leg forward, taking another controlled step into a lunge on the opposite side. Repeat for a total of 12x per leg. Add dumbbells to make the move more difficult.
The Bouquet Toss: Start with feet about hip width apart and use both hands to hold a dumbbell. With a slight bend in the knees, rotate your torso to your left, bringing the dumbbell over to the left side in front of the left thigh. With a controlled motion, straighten out the legs as you rotate to the right, bringing the dumbbell up and over the right shoulder, like your tossing a bouquet behind you. Rotate back down and to the left and repeat 12x before switching sides.
Wedding Dress Press: This is a classic push-up. For tips on how to nail the perfect push-up, check out this post.
The Electric Slide(rs): Skaters! Start with feet about hip width apart. Squat down slightly and jump to the left, landing on your left leg. As you land, bring your right leg behind your left ankle. Don’t let that foot touch the floor. Immediately jump back to the right, landing on the right leg and bringing the left leg behind the right ankle, like you’re speed skating. Continue quickly but with control 20x per side.
Wedding Kiss Twists: Russian Twists! Sit on your bum. Lift your legs off the floor (knees bent) and lean back slightly to create a V-shape between your torso and your thighs. Keeping your core tight, twist your torso and hands over to the right and then to the left for a total of 20x per side. Add a weighted plate or a medicine ball to make the move more difficult.
Take Off the Garter: This is basically your classic single leg squat (stick out your leg so someone can take the garter off! I’m so creative, I know…). Start with your feet about hip width apart. Lift your right leg off the floor and slowly squat down as low as you can. Use a chair if you need to! Come back up to stand and repeat 12x before switching legs.
Take the Plunges: Around-the-world lunges. Start with feet about hip width apart. Step forward with the right leg and drop into a lunge position (front knee at 90 degrees and back knee pointing toward the floor). Push off the right foot and bring it back to start. Keeping the left foot rooted in the starting position, lunge to the right, straightening out the left leg and bending the right knee. Push off the right foot again and bring it back to start. Then step the right leg back and drop into a lunge position (front knee at 90 degrees and back knee pointing toward the floor). Push off the right foot and return to start. Do this cycle 5 times on the right side before moving to the left. To make the move more challenging, don’t bring the right foot back to the floor when you return to the starting position.
I Do Corkscrews: Start in a side plank position (beginners can start with their bottom knee on the floor). Raise your arm up toward the ceiling. Then, with the core engaged, twist the torso toward the floor and thread the arm through. Return to start. Repeat 12x before switching sides.
Favorite wedding pun. And GO!
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