You said “yes!” The wedding date is set, and you’ve got your eye on a stunning backless gown for the big day. Now it’s time to hit the gym to ensure you look amazing as you walk down the aisle. Here, six local experts spill secrets on how they get brides in top shape for the wedding day.
“When it comes to getting in shape for your wedding, simply doing the same old cardio wasted on an elliptical machine just won't do the trick. Most brides want to rock a sleeveless, backless, cleavage-laden, or a combination-of-all-of-those dress. To do this and to do it right, you absolutely need to strength train to change your frame. Now, I don't mean strength train like you are getting ready for the summer Olympics—although having the mentality of an athlete will help. I mean working your body in a manner to focus on all of the areas that will be showing on your big day.” Find more workout and nutrition tips in Joey Thurman’s just-released book, 365 Health & Fitness Hacks That Could Save Your Life.
“Although there are a million ways to sculpt the wedding day body, a consistent routine and diet are most important. You should place your workouts on your schedule and strategically plan your meals ahead of time. In your perfect fitness world, you'll take a functional, muscular-endurance, non-repetitive approach to your time in the gym. Realistically, you're probably short on time and don't have months to sculpt the body you need. If that's the case, you'll want to focus primarily on your triceps, waistline, upper back, and legs with the dress in mind.” 900 N. North Branch St., 773-484-8094
"The Dailey Method's three-month bridal package will provide any bride-to-be with ample time to get toned on the outside and build confidence on the inside in preparation for the walk down the aisle. Our biggest testimonial with brides is their arms getting toned before their wedding and their waist getting dramatically smaller.” Conway suggests performing modified burpees (“Not jumping but rather lifting onto toes for core stability”) to raise the heart rate and target abs, shoulders, and thighs. 1714 N. Damen Ave., 773-904-8913
Kai Karlstrom, Tier 4 personal training manager at Equinox
“[Equinox] coaches can make sure brides focus on lifestyle outside of the gym, like sleep and stress reduction. These two areas can have a bigger impact on your figure than even exercise. Planning a wedding is stressful, and built-up stress will cause more fat deposits as well as cravings for more sugar and carb foods. All of this will derail even the best training program. We have coaches who are skilled in guided meditations as well as registered dieticians. All of the coaches are trained in the psychology of change as well, helping to ensure habits will stick.” 200 W. Monroe St., 312-252-3100
“There are two issues that you have to first address: First, is the bride overweight or [does she] simply desire to get in better shape? Second, what’s the timing? If there is a weight issue, I would insist upon six-days-a-week training and place the bride on our metabolic detox, which sheds the weight and guarantees that the pounds lost are all fat.
If this is simply a function of getting in better shape, then an intense interval-based strength training program, coupled with serious nutrition six to eight weeks before the big day, will get it done. Also, for five days before the big day, cut out all salt, white carbs, alcohol, fast or processed food and pound the protein, vegetables and fruit, and lots of tea and water. Boom! You will look amazing for all of eternity in your pictures.”
“Speaking from experience, our Bridal Boot Camp will get you in shape and feeling confident on your big day. The only workouts I did for my own wedding were core fusion and yoga. The program holds you accountable and provides you with the relaxation of the spa. When your mind is on RSVP’s, floral arrangements, and all of the tiny details a wedding entails, you have an escape and a community of wellness professionals and the best in the fitness world to help you focus on you! Four to five classes a week, plus a massage and a facial had me ready for my special day.” 945 N. State St., 312-753-6500