Bridal Boot Camps: Get Ready for the Big DayPosted on May 17th 2010 3:00PM by Vanessa Voltolina
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Summer is wedding season, and while many brides have been preparing for months with healthy eating and extra workout sessions -- not to mention planning for the big day -- there is often panic as the wedding draws near. Fear not! While That's Fit can't fix any bridesmaid dress disasters, we can help you find the right bridal boot camp to help sculpt your best body for walking down the aisle.
It was definitely a challenge (my inner thighs are still burning) and forced me to use my body in ways that I don't normally consider. My only complaint -- yes, only one -- is that the instructor went through each move (which were intermediate to advanced level) rather quickly, and I (as well as others in the class) couldn't always keep up. The exercises definitely came easier for those who had participated in a Physique 57 class before, enabling them to focus on form and breathing instead of rushing to get the exercise right. Any bride doing this workout three to four times a week pre-wedding would definitely create a long and lean dancer's body, as the class promises.
There are two Physique studios in New York City, one in Bridgehampton, New York, and a studio set to open in L.A. later this month. While these bridal boot camps will certainly get your heart pumping (and under-worked muscles screaming), if you can't get to one of these locations you can check out the Physique 57 DVD workout series.
There are also a number of bridal boot camps offered throughout gyms nationwide. Ask about these classes at your local gym, or check out a few new options for some last minute prenuptial toning:
The Wedding Dance Workout at NYSC
New York Sports Club has just started to offer "The Wedding Dance Workout," a fun, cardiovascular, fat-burning workout that utilizes dances done at weddings -- basic waltz, foxtrot, tango, country line dances and disco. The class is ideal for couples, members of the wedding party, or guests. This will be offered at Washington, Philadelphia and Boston Sport Clubs in addition to New York Sports Clubs.
Tone Up and Tie the Knot at YMCA
This YMCA boot camp is for soon-to-be brides, bridesmaids, or even a guests at an upcoming wedding that uses cardio and circuit training to help increase muscle tone and confidence. Find out if this class is available at the nearest YMCA location and register on their site.
Want a get-in-shape-fast bridal workout without schlepping to the gym? Bootcamp DVDs Buff Brides: Count Down to Gown Workout, Bridal Workout: Shape Up Before You Ship Out and The Healthy Bride's Bootcamp Workout are all good options to get you in shape on your own pre-wedding day schedule.
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