The Wedding Dress workout: Here’s how to tone up for your big day

These specific exercises focus on the assets that your dress will show off, depending on its style

Vahdaneh Vahid

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Every bride-to-be wants to look her very best on her wedding day and there are many features and styles to choose from when picking your prefect wedding dress. These specific exercises focus on the assets that your dress will show off, depending on its style. Here’s how to tone specific areas to look great on your big day.

1. Halter neck and open back dresses
reveal the upper back. Focus on the lats, rhomboids and rotator cuffs to make sure it looks great.

Exercise: One-Arm Rows
1. Grasp a dumbbell with palm facing in.
2. Try to maintain good posture
3. Keep the upper body steady.
4. Pull the dumbbell up as high as possible, keeping your elbow back and ensuring that the upper arm does not travel away from your torso
5. Lower the dumbbell back down until arm is straight, but elbow does not lock, to complete one rep.
Perform 3 sets of 15-25 repetitions

2. Spaghetti straps and strapless dresses
place a huge emphasis on the arm and shoulder muscles. Focus on biceps, triceps and deltoids; you can combine them in a circuit or isolate each one.

Exercise: Single Arm Lateral Raises with Band
1. Hold one end of the resistance band in your left hand.
2. Place other side of resistance band on the floor and stand on it with feet hip-width apart.
3. Stand tall with back straight and core engaged
4. Keeping left arm straight, slowly lift your arm up to shoulder height. Slowly return back down to the start position to complete one rep.
5. Finish set on this side and then switch sides.
Perform 3 sets of 15-25 repetitions

3. The mermaid and hourglass-style dresses cling to the body and draw attention to the belly, hips and derriere. Focus on the core muscles, obliques, and glutes with these body-shaping exercises.

Exercise: Skater Squats
1. Stand tall with feet shoulder-width apart and back straight
2. Squat by bending from the knees and hips, keeping back straight, chest lifted and weight in your heels.
3. Straighten legs to push up to standing, shifting weight into the left leg while lifting your right leg off to the side.
4. Place right leg back to the floor (hip-distance apart) and bend knees and hips to squat again.
5. Complete one rep and repeat the same on the left side.
Perform 3 sets of 15-25 repetitions

4. Shorter wedding gowns draw the eye to your lower body and show off the legs. Focus on quads, hamstrings and calves with these leg-defining workout ideas.

Exercise: Walking Lunges
1. Stand with your feet about hip distance apart from each other toes pointed forward.
2. Make sure you have plenty of room to move forward several feet. Step forward with right leg and lower your body to 90 degrees at both knees.
3. Keep your weight on your heels and don’t allow your knees to cross the plane of your toes.
4. From here, push up, bringing the rear leg forward until you are standing straight again.
5. Step forward with opposite leg and repeat, walking forward for all reps.
Perform 3 sets of 15-25 repetitions