Get in Shape for Your Big Day
Hey, we love you just the way you are! But if you want to look absolutely stunning in your wedding dress, you might want to focus toning some areas in your body according the wedding dress type. In this article, we have got your ticket to a toned, wedding
Text by Dennis Latif | Photographer: Dhiemazsaputra for Million Years Picture (+62 812 3285 2247) | Stylist: AJ Makeup & Hairdo: Nuke Galdira (+62 812 8826 8470) | Evening gown: Natalia Soetjipto Accessories: Le Ciel Design by Yuling | Model: Juliana from No. 1 Model
This type of gown mimics the shape of an hourglass, so you will want to focus your exercise on the midsection area of your body. 1. Twister Crunch Step 1: Sit on the floor with your knees bent and feet flat. Hold each end of the band out in front of your chest with your arms extended at slightly more than shoulder-width apart. Step 2: Lean your upper body backward about 45 degrees and lift your legs off the ground until your calves are parallel to the floor. Rotate the upper body to your right, swinging your hands around to follow your body. Your right hand should reach about two inches from the floor. Repeat to the left. Do 10 repetitions. Area Worked: Abdominal, side torso Equipment: A resistance band 2. Plank Pose Step 1: Lie face down. Rest on your forearms with your elbows directly under your shoulders and your palms flat on the floor. Step 2: Push up off the floor and onto your toes (feet together) while resting on your elbows. Keep your back flat and in a straight line. Tighten your abs by pulling your navel up and in slightly. Avoid sticking your butt in the air or letting your back sag. Hold for 30 seconds. Lower and repeat. Try for five reps. Area Worked: Whole-body workout, with emphasis on upper abs Equipment: A yoga mat
This type of gown reveals your toned back and shoulder to the world, so it’s inevitable that you start focusing with hand weights exercises. 1. Shoulder Shrugs Step 1: Stand with your feet hip-width apart, arms at your sides (palms in) and your knees slightly bent. Hold one weight in each hand. Step 2: Slowly shrug your shoulders up toward your ears, keeping your arms straight. Hold for three counts and release. Repeat 10 times. Area Worked: Upper back muscle Equipment: Three kilograms dumbbell 2. Bent-Over Dumbbell Rows Step 1: Stand with your legs hip-width apart and hold your weights with a palms-in grip. Keep your back straight and bend forward at the waist with your knees slightly bent. Step 2: Extend your arms straight down. Pull the dumbbells toward your chest. Keep your elbows close to your sides and pull with your back muscles while raising elbows as high as possible. Step 3: Slowly lower your arms back to the starting position. Try for 15 reps. Area Worked: The middle part of your back Equipment: Two kilograms dumbbell
The collarbone is the star in this wedding dress type, so you will want to work both your shoulders and arms to tone up the area.
1. Standing Dumbbell Curls Step 1: Stand with your feet hip-width apart and your knees slightly bent, holding your weights with a palmsforward grip. Extend your arms so they rest in front of your thighs. Step 2: Keep your elbows close to the side of your body and curl the weights up using your biceps, making sure to keep your shoulders down and back. Step 3: Lower the dumbbells slowly to the start position without allowing them to rest on your thighs or locking your elbows. Aim for 15 reps. Area Worked: Biceps Equipment: A 2-kilogram dumbbell
2. Seated Dumbbell Press Step 1: Sit on the chair or exercise ball with your feet flat. Hold a dumbbell in each hand at shoulder level with your palms facing forward. Step 2: Press the dumbbells up until your arms are fully extended over your head. Step 3: Lower your arms so your elbows form a 90-degree angle, keeping the shoulders away from your ears, then repeat. Do 15 reps. Area Worked: Shoulders Equipment: A 3-kilogram dumbbell and a sturdy chair (or if you have one, a large exercise ball).