Trainer Brendan Comer


Courtesy of Peak Performance NYC

Whether you just announced your engagement or your wedding is a few months (or weeks) away, you're probably looking to get in shape for the big day. It's never too late to start a wedding day workout program, but it's important to have a plan as to which areas of your body you want to tone. We asked Brendan Comer, Trainer at New York City's Peak Performance for his expert tips on how a bride can get in shape for her wedding day. Here's what he had to say: —Anne Chertoff

How soon should a bride-to-be start a wedding day workout program?

Any trainer or fitness specialist will tell you the sooner, the better. If the bride is serious about looking her best for her big day she should aim to start a year ahead of the scheduled date (or, if the date is within that year timeframe, the day after the groom proposes). That way, a detailed, realistic, goal-oriented program can be undertaken. It can ensure proper progression (i.e., avoiding too-much-too-soon burnout or overuse injuries) and takes pressure off the bride to get it all done in 2 or 3 months).

Wedding dresses will leave certain areas of the body bare—backless-backs, minis-legs, strapless-shoulders and arms—should a bride focus on one area or tone her whole body?

While some body parts will be shown more than others in a wedding dress, effective training programs...

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