Planning a wedding takes up a lot of time, duh. This makes it difficult to fit in a workout, especially one that is effective and helps you reach your goal weight before the big day. Our Wellness Wednesday solution is trying full body workout routines to maximize your calories burned. They can be done either at home, at a park with your girls (or fiance), or at the gym and are easy to learn.
This is a new twist on traditional squat jumps where you squat and jump upward. This move requires you to squat, jump, and propel your body forward landing in another squat. This is a move athletes are familiar with because it helps with explosive movements like sprinting down a field or jumping off a starting block at a swim meet. For this move, do between 10-12 reps for 3 sets. See how here.
This move will require you to crawl like an inch worm but will work your core, back, shoulders and butt in one move. Start in a pike position and walk forward with your hands where you’re then in a plank position. Then left your hips and walk your legs in. Do this 6-8 times for 3 sets. Do the inchworm with this video.
Side Tri Up
This workout is from P90X and will work your triceps and chest. Start by lying on your right side with your legs stacked and extended . Put your left hand on the ground with your elbow bent and bend your right arm and place it on your left shoulder to start. Press through your left arm and straighten it while lifting your body off the floor. Do 10-12 reps on each arm for 3 sets. See a video here.
Side Lunge to Crossover Lunge
Targeting your thighs and butt, lunges are key to getting a toned lower body and legs to die for. This starts with you standing up straight and going into a side lunge with your right leg. Then with your left leg, put it behind your right foot and lower your knee to the floor. Lastly, push your right foot and stand. Do 8-10 reps on each leg for 3 sets. See how to do it here.
Your shoulders, back, arms, and abs will love great in your wedding dress. Starting in a pike position, bend your elbows and scoop forward until you’re hovering above the floor with your arms straight, back arched, and chin lifted on your toes and return to start position. Do 10 reps for 3 sets. See it here.
Elbow Plank With Leg Lift
Arms, upper and lower abs, glutes, and hamstrings all get a workout with this move that puts a twist on traditional planks. Start in an elbow plank and lift your right leg six inches off the floor and hold for 5 seconds. Alternate legs for 60 seconds or watch this video to see how.
Cable Wood Chopper
A great move for targeting your obliques, this allows you to work your muscles at new angles. Secure a handle on the cable machine at it’s highest point and stand with your right side facing the machine. Grab the handle with both hands so arms are extended above your right shoulder and knees slightly bent. Keeping arms straight, pull the handle towards the outside of your body to the outside of your left thigh while shifting weight from your left to right foot. Return to starting position and do 12 reps on each side for 2 sets. See it here.
These workouts will get your body toned fast and are good if you cannot make it to the gym more than 3 days per week. Be sure to watch the videos first or print out our steps to learn how to do it correctly and maximize results.