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Get In Shape for Your Wedding

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    You've found the perfect gown—now get the body to rock it. Our wedding-dress workout, designed by New York trainer Shaun Zetlin, will help you target the parts your frock will be flaunting. Bring it on.

    FOR AMAZING ABS: SIDE PLANK Lie on your left side, with your legs and feet stacked; your knees, hips, and shoulders should be in alignment. Prop yourself up with your left arm while keeping your shoulders, neck, and spine relaxed. (Your abs should be tight.) Push upward with your hips and glutes. Hold for 30 seconds, then return to the start position. Do two repetitions on each side.

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    FOR AMAZING ABS: TABLE CRUNCH WITH BALL Lie with your back neutral (not arched). Your feet should be in the air, your legs bent, your hands holding a four-pound medicine ball above your head, your elbows slightly bent. Use your abs to come up into a crunch position; avoid relying on momentum from your arms. Return to the start position. Do two sets of 15 reps.

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    FOR A BEAUTIFUL BACK: ZOTTMAN ROW Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Bend your knees, and angle your torso forward from your waist. Holding five-pound weights (palms down), extend your arms forward. Rotate your palms up as you bring your hands to your hips. Tuck your elbows, and squeeze your shoulder blades together. Return to the start position. Do two sets of 15 reps.

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    FOR A BEAUTIFUL BACK: SCAPTION Holding five-pound weights with your palms facing in and your hips aligned, bend one knee so the foot is three inches above the ground. Extend your arms forward into a V shape. (Don't raise them above the shoulder.) Return to the start position; repeat with the other knee. Do two sets of 12 reps.

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    FOR AWESOME ARMS: OVERHEAD TRICEP EXTENSION Stand with your knees slightly bent and your right foot on one end of a resistance band. Holding the other end with your right hand, bend your elbow, creating an angle. Keeping your shoulders down, straighten your right arm until it's almost fully locked. Return to the start position. Do four sets of 12 reps on each side.

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    FOR AWESOME ARMS: ARCHER PRESS With your feet shoulder-width apart, hold five-pound weights with your elbows bent and your palms in. Take a step forward with your right foot while slowly extending diagonally upward with your left hand. Alternate hands and feet. Do two sets of 12 reps.

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    FOR SMOKIN'-HOT HIPS: PRONE BACK KICKBACK Resting on your elbows in a plank position, round your back slightly and bring your right knee close to your chest. With your left leg completely straight, your butt down, and your shoulders relaxed, extend the tucked leg up, keeping your glutes tight and your back flat. Return to the start position. Do two sets of 15 reps on each side.

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    FOR SMOKIN'-HOT HIPS: ONE-LEGGED BRIDGE WITH OVERHEAD PRESS Lie with your back slightly arched, holding a four-pound medicine ball an inch above your chest. Bend your right leg, and lift your left leg three inches. Raise your lower body three inches, using your glutes, as you extend your arms up. Return to the start position. Do two sets of 12 reps.


    —Marina Khidekel, BRIDES magazine

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