Picture this: the perfect dress, sparkling jewels, flawless makeup, and not a hair out of place. But then you notice these: a little tummy pooch, flabby arms, or a bit of back bulge. Because you only have one chance to look your very best on your big day, nailing your fitness routine in the months leading up is critical. All brides want to look impeccable from head to toe — and every inch in-between — so whether the goal is to tighten up a tad or to lose significant weight, creating and maintaining a strong fitness regime in the months leading up is key (it's also a great stress-reducer).
Emma Garden, L.A.'s 220 Fitness operations manager and trainer — and newlywed, recalls, "My dress was a strapless sweetheart neckline, so I wanted to make sure my back and arms were toned, since that was all the skin I was showing." Her tip? "You want to keep your body guessing so it is able to change. Switching up your routines allows you to skip over or push through that plateau so many people struggle with."
That means sticking to a three-to-four-times-a-week schedule (remember, rest is necessary too) of things like high-intensity aerobic exercise, strength training, or even dancing or paddleboarding if you want to get creative. Monotony has no place in the pre-wedding game plan. If you prefer one thing, make sure it's comprehensive, like Lagree Method at The Studio (MDR), "a full-body, total conditioning program that brings every muscle group to failure with low to no impact on the joints," according to head trainer Lindsay Hallam.
Sadie Kurzban, founder/CEO of 305 Fitness — the home of full-body, endorphin-packed dance classes — says "It's also critical brides-to-be find a workout that feels fun and supportive. With the stress of planning a wedding and moving into a new chapter of life, they need a workout they look forward to, to help blow off steam and find that release."
We dove deep into the boutique fitness scene to round up 25 of the country's top places to sculpt, sweat, and de-compress, so you can find the best you ahead of your big day!
Physique 57 (Left): There's a reason Misty Copeland has the enviable bod and posture she does — and it's not only great genes. Some credit is due to the ballet barre, which is at the heart of Physique57's muscle-shaking interval-based method. Over the course of 57 minutes you'll perform small, specific movements that work on endurance, flexibility, and strength. Those who want to get in touch with their inner dancer but don't live near the bicoastal locations can also practice the workout online, on-demand.