Whatever wedding dress you’ve chosen, we’ve got the perfect workout to help you look and feel incredible courtesy of Vicki Anstey, founder of Barreworks…
So, you’ve found the groom. And much more importantly, you’ve found the dress. With wedding season fast approaching, it’s time to add those all-important final touches. With shoes and jewellery sorted, there’s one last accessory that will ensure you wow on your big day… body confidence.
Barreworks classes are designed to work out your whole body with low impact, high intensity movements that help to lift bottoms, trim thighs and define arms. Because classes promote increased muscle mass and metabolic rate, you’ll even burn calories at rest.
Barreworks workouts also promote beautiful posture, so brides can work towards the entrance of a lifetime. If you can’t make it to the beautiful studio in Richmond, you can enjoy online classes at barreworks.co.uk.
However you choose to hit the barre, Barreworks founder Vicki Anstey has used her expertise to create some wonder workouts you can enjoy at home to ensure that you look and feel incredible whatever style of dress you’ve chosen.
YOUR DRESS: SEDUCTIVE SILK
You should feel like a goddess if you’re wearing silk on your wedding day, but it can be a little intimidating as it tends to cling. Work towards a perfect posterior and channel Pippa M…
Your workout: Great Glutes
Assume a kneeling position on your hands and knees
With power, but control, sweep each leg back until you feel your gluteals contract
Hold briefly before lowering your knee back down and repeating
Start by doing four sets of 30 repetitions
If you need more of a challenge, alternate between pointed toes and flexed toes for a deeper gluteal contraction – or add an ankle weight to develop strength
YOUR DRESS: OFF THE SHOULDER
This classic neckline never goes out of fashion. But you need the perfect décolletage to pull it off…
Your workout: Swan arms
Stand tall, lengthen your spine and lift the crown of your head high.
Lift arms overhead with a rotation in your shoulders to ensure the backs of your wrists meet at the top of the movement.
Using your upper back muscles, and with relaxed hands and fingers, draw the arms down to your sides. Your shoulder blades should draw in and down.
Repeat up to 30/40 times as fast as you can whilst maintaining good posture and keeping your head lifted.
YOUR DRESS: SPAGHETTI STRAPS
Delicate details will draw attention to your upper arms. Tone up this hotspot and you’ll be the envy of all your guests.
Your wonder workout: Upper Arm Tighteners
Set your feet a few inches apart, one in front of the other
Step the ball of the rear foot onto a resistance theraband to hold it firmly to the floor.
Use your arms to hold the other end of the theraband above your head.
Perform a deep plié by bending your legs but keeping your back upright and straight, while extending your arms upwards above your head
Aim to complete three sets of 15 repetitions each time you workout
YOUR DRESS: ABOVE THE KNEE
A cute, quirky and perfect excuse to buy show stopping shoes you’ve always wanted. Your secret weapon with this look is killer calves and the added benefit is that they’ll be strong enough for you to dance all night long.
Your wonder workout: Calf raises/relévés
A common myth is that exercises for your calves will add bulk, this is not the case! Ballerinas practice relévés regularly for lean muscle tone, strong ankles and well-supported knees!
Start with your feet in parallel, rise up onto the ball of your foot. Lower your heel firmly back to the floor. Repeat slowly, with full control (neither rolling in or out on the toes!) around 10-15 times. On the final relévé, keep your heels raised and perform tiny up/down movements, another 10-15 should do the trick.
Repeat the above in ballet first position, heels together, with an outward rotation from the top of the thigh down to the toes.
YOUR DRESS: SCOOPED BACK
However long you spend in hair and make up, eyes will be on your back for some time during your wedding ceremony. A toned and defined back is one of the most underrated, sexy looks a bride can rock on her big day.
Your wonder workout: Prone back extensions
Lay on your front in prone position
Place finger tips to temples, keep your feet held to the floor and gently use your back extensors to lift your torso off the floor. Lay yourself back down with control and repeat 10-15 times. Be aware of how naturally flexible your spine is, be careful not to over-arch when you lift up.
Find out more about Barreworks’ wedding package here: http://www.barreworks.co.uk/wedding-package/