Brides feel an enormous pressure to look perfect on their wedding day. Working out is definitely key to rocking that strapless wedding dress. If you don’t know where to start, read these easy to follow tips below and get toned in 3 weeks!
Lisa Corsello is a nutrition consultant, fitness expert and owner and creator of the Burn method, and now she is sharing exercises that tighten and tone 4 key areas — your biceps, shoulders, triceps and core — so you look amazing on your wedding day!
Lisa tells HollywoodLife.com readers how to tone 4 main areas below!
“Wedding gowns, especially popular during summer celebrations, often include strapless and sleeveless styles. More often, I see brides who really want to try to tighten and tone their arms. The best areas to target will be the biceps and shoulders.
Biceps: Target the entire bicep by changing the way you rotate the weights as you lower and lift. Begin with basic bicep curls with your elbows in and palms facing up. Repeat 20 times. Make sure you aren’t using your wrists to pull the weights up. Continue to do your bicep curls but slowly begin to rotate so that you begin the curl with your palms facing each other and halfway up, gently rotate the weights so that your palms face up. As you lower, reverse the rotation. Repeat 20 times. Complete the set by doing 20 hammer curls, with palms facing each other the entire time.”
Shoulders: Begin with arms down, palms facing the thighs (weights hovering about one inch in front of thighs). Slowly raise the arms up to shoulder height and lower stopping just before weights touch the thighs. Repeat 15-20 times. Continue to raise arms but slowly rotate the palms out with your thumbs up and pinkies down, palms facing one another. Make sure not to use the wrists or shrug the shoulders. Repeat 15-20 times. Just like the bicep set, finish with both palms facing each other and repeat 15-20 times.”
Workout For Strapless Wedding Dress
Lisa continues: “For strapless or low v-cut gowns, brides should focus on targeting their chest and triceps.
Chest/Triceps: Push-ups can be done anywhere and, if done correctly, can tone the chest, triceps, and even the abs. Begin with hands slightly wider than shoulders, fingers spread evenly on the ground. On the knees or toes, push-ups are easy to modify. Make sure the shoulders are above the hands so that as you lower, your elbows bend out at 90 degrees. Lower until you’re about 2 inches from the ground, exhale, draw the belly button towards the spine, and push back up to starting position. Do as many as you can. Make sure to lead with your chest, rather than with your forehead, and keep your abs engaged. When your form begins to suffer, take a break and then repeat when you’re ready. For the next set, bring your hands shoulder-width apart and lower your body, keeping your elbows close to your sides. Aim to actually feel your elbows skim your sides as you lower down and up. This should feel more challenging than traditional push-ups because your triceps (smaller muscles) are being targeted. Repeat both sets 3-4 times with plenty of breaks in between to avoid wrist strain.”
Workout For Mermaid Wedding Gown
“Brides who plan on wearing a slim-fitted, silhouette-style gown on their big day will want to focus on tightening their midsection. Abs and upper body exercises are key to looking perfect in these types of gowns.
Core and Upper Body: Plank-ups are very challenging, but they’re worth it! Begin in a basic plank position, making sure that your hands are firmly planted on the ground and your shoulders are directly above the hands. Keep your abs engaged and try to think about the back of your neck getting longer to avoid neck strain. Hold the position for 10 seconds. Slowly, without placing your knees on the ground, lower your body down one elbow at a time starting with your right arm. You should now be in a forearm or “dolphin” plank. Hold for 10 seconds, and then raise your body up by placing your right hand on the ground. Remember to keep your abs engaged, as this is still a plank. Repeat the first 2 steps, leading with the left hand.
Next, rotate to the side so you’re in a side plank on your right forearm (gives your wrists a break and focuses on obliques). Hold for 30 seconds. Come back to a forearm plank facing the floor, tighten the core, and rotate to the left so that you’re now in a forearm plank on your left side. Be sure that your shoulder is directly over your elbow and that your hips are stacked. Hold for 30 seconds.”
“Focus on these target areas 3 to 4 weeks prior to the wedding, and look flawless as you take that special walk down the aisle!”
Thanks, Lisa! Will you be trying her wedding workout?
— Dory Larrabee-Zayas