As if weddings themselves don’t come with a hefty enough price tag, there are other unexpected costs that sneak their way in to preparations leading up to the big day. If you’re thinking about whipping yourself into even better shape than you already are (because you’re beautiful as is!), you’re looking at another host of fees — specifically a gym membership if you don’t already have one and a personal trainer if you have specific goals and want to be held accountable for your progress. That’s not to mention an invaluable cost of a different sort — time. We feel you! Between work, a social life, wedding planning and all of the appointments to plan the big day, it can be hard to squeeze in a workout session. Yet, working out doesn’t have to be as time consuming or costly as you think. These six DIY online workout programs are only a fraction of the cost and just as effective — just look at their Instagram channels for proof! If you start now and stick with it until your wedding day, you’ll be amazed by your transformation.
1. Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide
If there’s a holy grail of online workout programs, this is it. Kayla Itsines’ Bikini Body Guide features two sets of 12 week programs (for 24 weeks total) that feature 28 minute resistance sessions with no or minimal equipment. She also has a recipe guide with meal plans, a recommended shopping list, and more. Women swear by the results — just check out #bbg or #bbgcommunity to see the before and afters.
2. ZBody Fitness
ZBody Fitness is an ideal choice if you’re looking to strength train and get toned. You’ve also got options here, with the ability to choose between two programs, one that can be done at home and one at the gym. Each program consists of separate workouts targeted toward different parts of the body — arms, booty, legs, chest and back, and a HIIT program. You can purchase the whole package of either program or buy them individually if you’re just looking to focus on a certain area.
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Fit in 28 days? Sign us up. That’s exactly what FITAZFK calls for in its 28 days guide. Not only does it come with four weeks of exercise programs that have a delightful combination of strength, high intensity and cardio, it also comes with a nutritionist designed nutrition guide with food prep tips, a food diary and meal options. They also recently released an eight-week guide if you really want to test your limits!
4. Tone it Up
Karen and Katrina set out to help you gain your ideal beach body, with videos focused on toning, stretching and yoga. You catch these videos for free on their YouTube channel, which always features fresh content, or opt to buy one of their digital workout guides on their website, which also features a daily workout that’s updated, yep, you guessed it, daily. Bonus — they have a wedding series to help brides-to-be prep for the big day.
If you’re a Pilates fan, this is right up your alley. Casey Ho makes strengthening Pilates videos (accessible for free) and offers nutrition tips to complement your workouts. Her website offers videos segmented into different challenges, target zones and series (including a Victoria Secret series!) as well as workout calendars to schedule your sessions. If you want to take things to the next level, her #PIIT28 challenge is worth the buy — 28 days of pilates intense interval training will sculpt you like no other.
6. Fit Body Guide
This 12-week workout program only requires you to workout 30 minutes a day, which is easy enough to get done when watching your favorite TV program. Once you finish the first round of high-intensity strength circuits, you can move on to the second round for another 12 weeks. You can choose to buy them in a bundle with a complementary meal plan or individually. Fit Body Guide will get you feeling lean and strong.