Try a workout that's specifically suited for your style of bridal gown with the help of Barreworks...
So, you’ve found the groom - and 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 work towards 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. In fact, founder Vicki Anstey has created a £250 package for brides-to-be which includes - and to celebrate, the team have created 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 you’ll enjoy the ‘Pippa’ effect!
Dresses: Amelia Sposa; Pronovias
Your wonder 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.
YOUR DRESS: OFF THE SHOULDER
This classic neckline never goes out of fashion because it makes every bride feel and look like a romantic heroine. The answer to a lovely décolletage might surprise you!
Dresses: Rosa Clara and Marchesa
Your wonder workout: Perfect Press Ups
Begin on your hands and knees with your back flat and straight (this will be easier than having your toes on the floor) making sure that your hands line up to your bust rather than your shoulders to pinpoint your pectorals. Hold your tummy muscles tight and keep your back straight while you lower yourself until your chest nearly touches the floor, then return to your starting position by pushing up.
Aim for four sets of 10 repetitions.
YOUR DRESS: SPAGHETTI STRAPS
Popular with brides who want to feel pretty but modern, these beautifully delicate details will draw attention to your upper arms. Tone up this hotspot and you’ll be the envy of all your guests.
Dresses: Watters and Romona Keveza
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
This refreshing length is cute, quirky and a perfect excuse to buy those 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.
Image: Ellis Bridals and Chi Chi London
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
This is a subtly sensual look that plays on the fact that many 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.
Dresses: Anna Campbell and Flora Bridal
Your wonder workout: Prone back extensions
Lay on your front with your chest on the floor. Place your 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 to 15 times.
Be aware of how naturally flexible your own spine is, being careful not to over-arch when you lift up.