Photo: Remi Ishizuka via Instagram
Ask any bride-to-be and she'll tell you— planning a wedding could basically be a full-time job. Between securing all the vendors, picking out your color scheme and making sure you've invited every aunt and uncle on your dad's side, it's amazing that engaged couples are able to do anything else but wedding plan. As if that wasn't enough, getting into shape and making sure you look as good as you feel on your wedding day also becomes a huge priority. However, squeezing in a 6 a.m. spin class or committing to a post-work workout feels like the last thing you want to do. The good news is that working out doesn't have to take up two hours of your day. In fact, according to Remi Ishizuka, LA-based health and fitness expert, you really only need about 30 minutes.
"For busy brides-to-be, I would recommend a combination of HIIT cardio and full body strength training, three to four times a week," Ishizuka tells BRIDES. If anyone knows a practical, but effective workout that can deliver results, it's Ishizuka. The fitness coach has over 80,000 followers on her Instagram, where she shares her daily journey in balancing work, life, and fitness. Ishizuka created the following two-part, at-home workout that's easy to follow, requires zero equipment, and best of all, takes less time than it does to drive to and from a Pilates class.
Part 1: The Circuit (24 Minutes)
According to Ishizuka, this full body circuit will "accentuate your curves, targeting the glutes to be perkier, your waist to be tighter, and your arms to be lean and toned."
Directions: Set a timer for eight minutes and go down the list, doing each exercise for one minute (with no stopping). After you've completed all eight of the exercises (which equals one circuit), rest for one minute and then repeat the same circuit two more times. (Total of 3 rounds x 8 minutes each = 24 minutes)
Part 2: HIIT (9 minutes)
Ishizuka also recommends a HIIT (high intensity interval training) workout to burn off the layer of fat around the belly.
Directions: Set a timer for three minutes and do each exercise for 30 seconds. Take a 30 second break after each exercise. The three exercises equal one round. Rest for one minute between each round and repeat the workout three times. (Total of 3 rounds x 3 minutes each = 9 minutes)