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.
Happy Hump Day! HUMP DAYY! What, what! It’s also my first official day hosting the Wild Workout Wednesday Link Up! Each Wednesday from here on out, I’ll be linking up with Annmarie from The Fit Foodie Mama, Angelena Marie from Angelena Marie: Happy, Healthy & Balanced & Michelle at Fruition Fitness (make sure you swing by all their lovely blogs, as well) to bring you workout ideas, motivation, inspiration and recipes to try. Join us each week by reading along, linking up and grab the button to proudly display on your blog/in your posts!
I’m very excited to be a part of this link up crew. This is going to be a very special union of bloggers, which is fitting, because this has been the year of weddings for me!
You see, Will and I are at the stage in our lives where everyone is getting married. Just this summer/fall, I went to/will attend a bridal shower, an engagement party, a bachelorette party and three weddings. Hello, lots of fun and celebration. Goodbye, all my money (but we won’t get into that right now…).
Anyway, I’ve had a few requests from brides-to-be to help them with wedding workout plans. 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:
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 your 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
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.
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Are you caught up in the wedding season shenanigans?
Favorite wedding pun. And GO!