5 Steps to a Tight Core
No blushing bride should have to worry about sucking in her tummy or hiding her muffin top on her wedding day. We know that with all the additional stress surrounding your big day, it’s difficult to make working out a top priority. Traditional sit-ups and crunches can get tedious, we get it. But the core is the centerpiece for any toned physique. Even though you’ll be turning heads in your gorgeous gown, why not kick it up a notch and blow your groom and guests away with a hard-earned, eye-catching midsection? We put together this mini bridal workout to melt your middle and help get you the tight core of your dreams just in time to walk down the aisle!
1. BICYCLE MARATHON
Lie on your back with your hands behind your head. Clasp your hands together with your elbows turned out. Bring your legs up to tabletop position and keep your lower abs tucked in. Exhale and curl the tops of your shoulder blades off the floor. Rotate your head and chest toward your left knee as you stretch your right leg out at a 45 degree angle. Hold and do tiny pulses toward your left knee. Keep your hips and legs steady and pulse 10 times. Continue to repeat on both sides, each time decreasing the number of pulses by one.
2. ROPE CLIMB
Sit with your legs extended and your feet turned out in a V position with your toes pointed. Contract your core muscles and roll your spine into a curve that looks like a C. Lift your arms and move them like you were climbing a rope. Twist slightly each time you reach. Do 20 reaches per arm.
3. STANDING KNEE TUCK
Stand with your feet together. Lift your left leg straight back, hinging forward at hips, reaching your hands forward by the ears. Keep your hips level and your body straight from hands to heel. Using your abs, draw your left knee into your chest and bend your elbows to pull your arms down to your knee. Return to the previous position and repeat the exercise, lifting your right leg straight back this time. Do each leg five times. If you need to simplify the exercise, hold onto a chair with one hand.
4. SIDE BALANCE CRUNCH
Begin with your left knee and left hand on the floor, with your right arm straight up. Extend your right leg so your body forms a straight line. Pull your right knee toward your torso and your right elbow toward your knee. Straighten your arm and leg. Repeat ten times, then switch sides.
For a fun workout that caters to your core, attend a pilates class with your bridesmaids. Pilates is a great way to tone because it targets the deepest muscles of the core that pull in the stomach and narrow the waist. Not only does Pilates help you sculpt your stomach, it also acts as a great stress reliever. The workout allows you to leave the troubles of the day behind, as you use the class to focus on yourself and your breathing.
As always, check with your doctor before starting any new exercise regimen.