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The wedding-day workout

Michele Borboa, MS is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, food, lifestyle, and pets. Michele is a health and wellness expert, personal chef, cookbook author, and pet-lover based in Bozeman, Montana. She is also...

Say 'I do' to a beautiful bride

Are you newly engaged and ready to get that perfect bridal body for your big day? We're here to help! We talked to beautifully buff fitness expert Christine Bullock to get her top tips for slimming down and shaping up. Get ready for her "Say I Do" workout that will make you a wedding-day dynamo.

Say 'I Do' to a
beautiful bride

Are you newly engaged and ready to get that perfect bridal body for your big day? We're here to help! We talked to beautifully buff fitness expert Christine Bullock to get her top tips for slimming down and shaping up. Get ready for her "Say I Do" workout that will make you a wedding-day dynamo.

Strapless Shape-Up (for your arms)

Perform each of the following exercises for 30 seconds:

Side forearm plank, right side

Say 'I do' to a beautiful bride

Table top with tricep press

Say 'I do' to a beautiful bride

Side forearm plank, left side

Reverse plank with alternating leg kick

Say 'I do' to a beautiful bride

Take a one-minute break.

Bora Bora Booty (single-leg bridge with chest press)

Get string bikini-ready (if you dare!) for your honeymoon with this lower- and upper-body combo.

Say 'I do' to a beautiful bride

Starting position: Lie face up with your knees bent, feet hip-width apart and your heels close to your glutes. Hold a dumbbell in each hand with your palms facing forward, your elbows bent at 90 degrees.

Say 'I do' to a beautiful bride

Movement: Lift your right leg straight to sky. Push your hips upward, keeping your right leg elevated. Simultaneously, press your arms upward, bringing your hands together until your palms touch. Pause, then slowly lower your hips and arms to start position.

Say 'I do' to a beautiful bride

Perform: Do the bridge with your right leg lifted for 20 seconds. Switch to your left leg for 20 seconds. Rest for 10 seconds. Repeat for a total of four minutes.

Throw the Bouquet (supergirl push-ups)

Perfect your throw with this chest and back strengthener

Say 'I do' to a beautiful bride

Start position: Get on your hands and knees, hands slightly wider than your shoulders. Option: Hold dumbbells like pictured. Brace your abdominals and step your legs back to a full plank.

Say 'I do' to a beautiful bride

Movement: Bend your elbows out to the side and lower yourself until your chest nearly touches the ground. Pause, then push yourself back to the starting position as quickly as possible. Once in plank, lift and extend right arm forward. Pause, then return your right hand to the floor.

Say 'I do' to a beautiful bride

Perform: Repeat for 20 seconds, alternating your arms with each repetition. Rest for 10 seconds. Repeat for a total of four minutes.

Pull Your Hair Up (for your back)

Perform each of the following exercises for 30 seconds:

Supergirl hold (on your stomach, arms and legs extended and elevated above the ground)

Say 'I do' to a beautiful bride

Swimming on your stomach

Say 'I do' to a beautiful bride

Alternating arm and leg lifts on all fours

Say 'I do' to a beautiful bride

Downward dog

Say 'I do' to a beautiful bride

HIIT Cardio Workout

There's no need to waste your bridal planning time on hours at the gym when you can fit Bullock's calorie-shredding 23-minute HIIT cardio workout into your weekly workout program. HIIT stands for "high-intensity interval training," which means you alternate periods of high-intensity cardio with lower-intensity recovery periods.

You can perform the cardio outside or on the treadmill. You can also take the same HIIT principle and apply it to elliptical or cycling workouts.

  • 3 minutes: Warm-up walk (3.5-4.5 mph)
  • 2 minutes: Run at a fast pace (7.5 mph)
  • 45 seconds: Sprint (9 mph)
  • 1 minute: Recovery jog (5 mph)
  • 2 minute: Run (7.5 mph)
  • 45 seconds: Sprint (9.2 mph)
  • 1 minute: Recovery Jog (5.0 mph)
  • 2 minutes: Run (7.5 mph)
  • 45 seconds: Sprint (9.5 mph)
  • 1 minute: Recovery Jog (5.0 mph)
  • 2 minutes: Run (7.5 mph)
  • 1 minute: Sprint (10.0 mph)
  • 3-5 minutes: Cool-down walk

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