Rock-That-Dress Workout Moves that Don't Require Hitting the Gym

Expert Wedding Exercise Tips

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You've got the gown — and we have the workout tailored to it! Celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak shares the targeted, no-gym-needed moves to get you aisle ready, whether your dress is a strapless gown or a body-hugging mermaid silhouette. Do three sets of 20 reps for each exercise, two to three times a week, starting now!

Target Zone: Arms
Close-Grip Press-Up
1. Lie on your stomach with your palms flat on the ground, directly under your shoulders, elbows bent.
2. Press your chest upward in a cobra-like position, keeping your elbows close to your ribs and your lower body on the ground.
3. Lower your body three quarters of the way down, then press back up.

Revealing Lower Back
Target Zone: Back
Single-Arm Row
1. Get into a lunge position with your left leg forward, your right leg extended back, and your left forearm resting on your left thigh.
2. With your right arm perpendicular to the ground and holding a two- to three-pound weight, gradually draw your hand and elbow up along your side (like you're starting a lawn mower).
3. Return to starting position and repeat.
4. Switch legs and work the other side.

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Tight & Slinky
Target Zone:
Spider Plank
1. Begin in plank position with hands on the ground.
2. Move your right knee toward your right triceps.
3. Return the right leg to start position.
4. Alternate with the left.

Target Zone:
Hip Thrust
1. Lie with your head and back flat on the ground and your knees bent and shoulder-width apart.
2. Push your hips up as high as you can, driving through your heels.
3. Hold for one beat, squeeze your butt, and lower back down.

Target Zone:
Walking Lunge
1. Begin by standing with your feet together.
2. Lunge forward with your right leg, lowering your body and bending both knees to an almost 90 degree angle. (Don't let the back knee touch the ground.)
3. As you rise, bring the back leg past your front leg in an exaggerated walk.

The home stretch
To really get those toned muscles in show-off shape during that last week, drink tons of water, cut out sodium, eat lean protein at every meal, and bump up the cardio to one hour of high-intensity interval training every day, says nutritionist and fitness expert Robert Ferguson.

For even more of the best wedding dresses, advice, and big-day inspiration, pick up the BRIDES October/November 2015 issue on newsstands now and available for download.

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