A brides to-do list can become rather long with an agenda consisting of finding a caterer, renting a venue, inviting guests and so on. We must not forget the most important matter on the list, finding the perfect wedding dress. Its likely a bride might shed some tears on her big day. However tearing up because her dress is too tight is not the kind of crying any bride wants to experience. Wedding planning is stressful in itself, the last thing a bride wants to worry about is her weight. If any of you women are like me, with stress comes stress eating. Cupcakes and candy are not exactly the food group fit for a wedding dress.
I’m here to give a little insight on how easy it can be to accomplish the wedding body we all dream about. I say its easy, but by easy I mean it takes hard work and some sweating (okay probably a lot of sweating). I call it “Bridal Boot Camp,” and what’s a better stress reliever than a good workout :)
Before you can walk down the aisle in shiny stilettos, workout sneakers will become your shoe of choice. If you stick with it you it will be proud when the day comes, and then you can trade in dumbbells for your bouquet.
The first plan of action is go to your local gym and sign up for a membership. Most gyms require a contract, some with the commitment of six months to a year. Some brides may not want the commitment of a contract, but if you really think about it your about to commit to a lifetime of marriage. A little gym membership shouldn’t scare ya. ;) Its been said it takes only 21 days to form a new habit. If you can stick with a workout plan for a term of three weeks you most likely will be putting that six month contract into good use , and after the wedding as well.
Tahoma Athletic Club has locations in Lake Tapps and Maple Valley, making a short commute to many brides in the pierce county area. Once you have a membership with Tahoma you are free to use all the equipment available, as well as the option to participate in a variety of fitness classes, most being free of charge. Classes are offered everyday of the week, with multiple time slots. This allows you to pick what classes work best with your schedule. Classes vary from Zumba, cycling , strength and conditioning, core workouts as well as classes that focus on stretching for those days after a tough workout.
Tahoma also offers a new workout class called TRX. Every member receives one free TRX trial class.This is a class that requires an extra fee. Members can purchase a TRX punch card, which at the moment are on sale with the price of, $150 for ten classes. TRX is a suspension training exercise in which you use your body weight to build strength, flexibility and target stubborn body areas such as your core. This is the perfect workout to become a stronger more toned image of yourself. TRX will help you turn heads while walking down the aisle. Nothing like toned arms to make a wedding dress look even more beautiful!
Tahoma Athletic Club, like many gyms, offers one-on-one personal training sessions. These sessions can become expensive fast, as the average rate is about $60 a session lasting an hour long. If you’re anything like me (as I mentioned before I love my sweets) sometimes desperate times leads to desperate measures, and spending the money for a one-on-one trainer can be one of them. Any bride will most definitely get their moneys’ worth by choosing to have a personal trainer. A trainer will push you further, train you harder, and most importantly help you succeed in meeting your fitness and body weight goals. An added bonus also being ,any of the workouts a trainer teaches you can be repeated on your own time with the use of gym equipment. Sessions can also be split between two people, splitting the cost. For instance maybe the husband to be also wants to loose a couple pounds before the big day. This is the perfect opportunity to workout together. It also may help having someone to share the soreness when getting out of bed the next morning! This could be a great time to bring up the idea of a couples massage. ;)
Crossfit is a workout that will guarantee to bring results, giving smiles to every bride on their wedding dress. Crossfit is a high intensity strength and conditioning workout that combines weightlifting, body weight, sprinting and gymnastics. Workouts are usually 30 minutes or less, which demands an all out physical exertion. The workout of the day (known as the WOD) vary everyday. The WOD consists of a combination of jumping rope, Olympic weightlifting, tire flips, rope climb, burpees, pull ups, push ups, box jumps and several other intense movements. Crossfit may not be suitable for every bride, its a good match up for brides who have an open mind and the motivation to commit to it without stopping. This is not a workout for someone who has never been super physically active before. It requires extreme endurance as well as physical determination. If you stick with it, Crossfit will not only get you in perfect wedding dress physique, but the best shape of your life.
I am a current member at Sumner Crossfit and from experience I need to warn you one thing about Crossfit, its highly addictive! What’s a better addiction than working out? :) However, like all addictions they come with a price. Sumner Crossfit is $95 for a monthly unlimited membership for the first person, and $75 for each additional. Again this could be another workout great for a bride and groom. Sumner Crossfit also offers a punch card which is $75 for five visits, however the unlimited monthly membership will be cheaper in long term perspective.
These photos capture brides who have not only fallen in love with their future husbands but the love of Crossfit as well. (Who wouldn’t want arms and shoulders like these brides?)
Since Crossfit is very intense and sometimes intimating, Sumner Crossfit also offers an alternative workout called the Body Camp Challenge, or in this case “Bridal Bootcamp.” This Bridal Bootcamp is a four week nutrition and fitness program designed to give any bride the motivation they need for a healthier (and thinner) future. The program includes five small group workouts a week, full nutritional guide and food guide developed for results, as well as pre and post program body composition analysis. The trainers at Sumner Crossfit will help you every step of the way, turning your fitness goals into a reality. Each four week program costs $195 per person, and every month a new challenge starts. Brides can choose to participate in more than one camp, starting a new one as soon as they finish a 4 week session. Every completed program is rewarded with weight loss, and ultimately that much closer to your dream wedding body.
Here are a couple before and after pictures of actual Sumner Crossfit Body Camp Challengers. This Could be You!
Although I’ve only mentioned a few workouts to aide in the success of a happy bride, there are other workouts and programs that can help you gain a more positive self image. Just remember that as long as you get up and do something it counts. There is a workout routine out there for every bride, the only way you will find it is to go out and explore. :)