To look top-notch on your wedding day, work on your fitness with this bouquet of poses!
I know it's a little late to talk about the Superbowl, as it happened last month (woo hoo, Giants!!!), however, the commercials are still in my head. One of my favorites was the M&M commercial with the female "brown" M&M "showing her chocolate." Just in case you need a reminder, check it out here. The red M&M rips off his shell, thinking it's that kind of party and LMFAO's "Sexy and I know it" plays in the background. My favorite part is the ending with the wiggle wiggle that he does. I'm even laughing now thinking about it.
I do have a point to my rambling on about that commercial, specifically about the wiggle wiggle part. I think it's safe to say, that on your wedding day (and mine) I don't want to have anything wiggle or jiggle on my body, especially my triceps. I'm wearing a strapless gown so my arms, shoulders and back have to be in tip top shape for my big day. I know I'm not the only bride concerned with this area, all eyes are on you and the photos that will be taken will last all of eternity.
Our first series will be targeting the problem area: arms and abs. Holly Jean Cosner, a certified YogaWorks instructor says that many brides are concerned with having to pose a certain way, or "suck it in" during their wedding photos to hide a certain body part. The workouts below are sure to tone up the triceps and other problem areas so brides can be camera-ready and confident on their special day.
Our first exercise is The Tricep Press that targets the tricep muscles. While our second exercise The Walking Plank, targets the core and arms simultaneously. Brides who are planning a Summer wedding should aim to do at least one set of these moves everyday, increasing repetitions each week and pulling all of the exercises together.
-Sitting up tall, hold the weights/bottles with your arms extended straight out in front of you at the same height as your shoulders with the palms facing down
-Pull your shoulders down away from your ears and lift your chest
- Keep your upper arms still as you bend the elbows to a 90 degree angle (without letting your elbows get any wider than your armpits) and then extend again repeat 15x
-Set up in plank with your hands on the floor directly below your shoulders, tailbone slightly tucked and the belly lifting into your back.
- Have your feet about hip distance apart or wider and keep your legs very straight.
- From full plank , take your right elbow and place it down on the mat exactly where your right hand was , then follow with the left so that you are in "forearm plank" with both forearms on the ground and palms flat.
- Shoulders should now be directly above your elbows.
-Now take your right hand and replace it exactly where your right elbow was sitting , follow with the left and your are back to full plank
- Repeat 6 sets (alternating your starting side each set)
Be sure to save these exercises as we will be adding to the series every week. Also, check out SHAPE's Fitness Channel for all of the latest and greatest workouts to get your butt in gear for the big day.