I've been hearing a lot of talk about how SoulCycle—a Manhattan-based workout studio that offers intense spinning classes—is an amazing way to get in shape for your wedding day. After all, it's how Chelsea Clinton got into such fabulous shape for her wedding last year. To get a better sense of how the program works, we asked bride-to-be Allison Holmes (pictured above with her fiancé), a manager at SoulCycle Tribeca, to share her wedding-shape-up program with us—we'll be checking back in with Allison over the next few months to follow her progress. But first, we asked her to share a bit about herself and her goals:
"I got engaged in August, 2010 and purchased my wedding gown a month later—a strapless dress with a trumpet silhouette. I love it, but it's absolutely unforgiving. When I saw the photos my mother took when I tried on the sample, I knew I had work to do. I was a dancer for years, but after I sustained an injury and transitioned to a desk job, I have struggled to maintain my ideal shape. Then I found SoulCycle. It's a perfect fit for me because the classes are centered around music, and the instructors keep it new and fresh.
"I started my wedding regimen about a month ago, with four SoulCycle classes a week and a 30-50 minute gym workout five days a week, consisting of light free weights for my upper body, loads of squats, lunges, and plyometrics for my lower body, and plenty of core work. I rest on the weekends. Along with my workout plan, I've also modified my eating habits. I'm terrible at dieting, so I've tried to make small changes. I've greatly reduced my intake of complex carbs, and I try to fill up on protein, whole grains, vegetables, and fruits.
"My goal is to walk down the aisle on July 16th looking and feeling like I did when I was dancing every day. Iwant to see long, lean muscles. So far, the journey hasn't necessarily been harder or easier than I expected. Since I stay so busy, the trick is fitting several fully loaded workouts into short amounts of time—rather than one daunting two- or three-hour workout to tackle each day. I spend about 45 minutes before and after each work day either in the gym or in a SoulCycle class. I'm looking forward to seeing what I can accomplish by my wedding in July!"
To track Allison's progress over the coming months, keep checking back into Aisle Say. Find out more about the SoulCycle program at soul-cycle.com, and check out all of our diet and fitness content. —Lauren Matthews