Wedding Dress Workouts

Every bride-to-be wants to look her very best on her wedding day. Once you've found that perfect dress, you're probably working extra hard at sticking to a healthy diet and exercise plan. Our wedding dress workouts will help you focus on and play up the assets that your particular dress will show off. In combination with a healthy diet and regular cardio program (which will burn fat), adding these specific exercises will help you look tight and toned on your big day.

To get started, find the dress style that most closely matches yours, and then check out the various workout options for each. If your dress combines many of these different features and styles, then try more than one workout. Try your wedding dress workout at least twice a week, allowing one to two days of rest in between workouts.

Halter, strapless and open back dresses feature your upper back, so make sure it looks great! Along with cardio, you can tone those muscles (lats, traps, teres, rhomboids and deltoids) with any one of these three back-shaping workouts. Gowns without straps, as well as those with plunging or sweetheart necklines draw attention to your chest. Along with cardio, you can tone those muscles (pecs and deltoids) with these chest-defining workout options. Spaghetti straps, halter, and strapless gowns emphasize the arm and shoulder muscles. Along with cardio, you can tone those muscles (biceps, triceps and deltoids) with these arm-toning workouts: Form-fitted, sheath, column, hourglass, mermaid and trumpet style dresses cling to the body, drawing attention to the belly, butt and thighs. Along with cardio, you can tone those muscles (abs, obliques, quads, glutes, hamstrings, and hip abductors) with these body-shaping exercises. Short wedding gowns show off those gorgeous stems of yours, drawing the eye to your lower body. Along with cardio, you can tone those muscles (quads, calves, hips, and hamstrings) with these leg-defining workout ideas.
Click here to to redeem your SparkPoints
  You will earn 5 SparkPoints

Member Comments

Good article. Report
Thanks for sharing, a good article. Report
Good article. Nice exercise suggestions. Report
This is great! A person doesn't need to be getting married to do these exercises either. Just new exercises (or routines) is always a good idea. Report
Thanks for these exercise tips. The main thing is to feel as beautiful as you are on your wedding day. Choosing a style that is flattering to your beautiful body is so helpful. Report
Great information! Report
Thank you. Report
Good to know. Report
The first four comments were negative? It is so surprising that people take the time to post negativity .. especially as it relates to brides who want to look their best in photos they will look at for the rest of their lives. Lighten up people! Report
This article exemplifies the culture about women and weight that has created so much pain, eating disorders, and inequality in how women see their role (no reference to the groom needing to shape up?).I would expect this kind of thing in your typical women's magazine (right next to the receipes for Chocolate Death Desserts) but I am disappointed that Sparkpeople would print this. Report
I never tried to look "perfect" on the "big day", talk about stress and not enjoying yourself! Who started that nonsense? They should be hit in the head. You are getting married, not putting on a Broadway Show. Just do your normal exercise, happiness in your marriage has nothing to do with looking "perfect". Report

I am not reading that it is ALWAYS important to work on good health and having strong muscles, regardless of whether you're getting married or not.

What I did was get a dress that fitted ME instead of trying to fit myself into the DRESS. I think that saved a lot of trouble! Report
stupid shows like 'say yes to the dress' and 'bridezillas' are so ridiculous - all of you lovely brides out there - use your own head, pick a dress that suits you NOW and do not put pressure on yourselves that is so unnecessary.
if i were a young person looking to be married in today's oversell market - i would just go to whatever clergy or city hall with my two witnesses and do it. thousands of dollars for fifteen minutes is not worth it. STOP ALL THIS INSANITY and stop believing all the hype. you can buy a car or a house for what a wedding costs these days and it will last a lot longer!!! Report


About The Author

Nicole Nichols
Nicole Nichols
A certified personal trainer and fitness instructor with a bachelor's degree in health education, Nicole loves living a healthy and fit lifestyle and helping others do the same. Nicole was formerly SparkPeople's fitness expert and editor-in-chief, known on the site as "Coach Nicole." Make sure to explore more of her articles and blog posts.