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Important PSA: just as there is no such thing as a “beach body,” there is no such thing as a “wedding body.” A beach body is a body with a bathing suit on it, and a wedding body is a body with any wedding-appropriate attire on it. End of story. The covers of women’s magazines lied! That said, it’s your body and it’s your choice, so it’s also completely cool if you to want to start a wedding workout plan in order to feel great about yourself on the big day.

The first goal every bride should have on their wedding day is to feel confident. (In themselves, and in their impending nuptials!) It’s a fact that some dresses highlight certain parts of the body more than others. (Remember Pippa at Kate’s wedding?) So if you’re putting your arms on full display in front of a triple digit crowd in a strapless gown and you want to look ripped, there are workouts you can do to make that happen. Here are some ideas to help you zen out and feel your best.

Any And Every Dress

Yoga is your friend. Whether you love a sweaty, power vinyasa class or a more restorative class like yin, this ancient Indian practice is all about balancing the body and mind, as well as learning to let go. To put it plainly: yoga will help you work through stress. Prone to freaking out when things don’t go exactly as planned? Start a yoga practice before your big day.

The No Sleeves Situation

Summer bride? Going strapless? Whether you want to tone your arms for aesthetic reasons or for the exorbitant amount of champagne popping you know is going to go down at the after-party, find a class that focuses on upper-body strength. Barry’s Bootcamp is a great choice if you’re going all out. Resistance training or a rowing class are great options, too.

The Tight Fitting Top

The bloat is real, so if you’re wearing a dress with a tight top, aim for some hot pilates or hot power yoga classes so that you can feel comfortable in your dress. Classes like SLT in New York, or any studio that uses a megaformer or otherwise scary looking contraption in class are going to get you rock hard abs.

The Bum-Hugging Bottom

If you’d like to booty drop at your wedding or you’re generally just digging that Kardashian look, check out a barre class. Barre is a combination of ballet, yoga, strength training, and pilates and works muscles in the bum you probably never realized you had.

For Any Dress

Again, the most important thing to get in shape leading up to your wedding is your mind. But if yoga’s not for you, check out a spin class like Flywheel or SoulCycle. Raising your heart rate, pumping your legs to the beat, and sweating the bad stuff out is a great way to tune out of wedding planning, and tap back into the important things. Plus, it’s a great way to test out music you might want at your reception.

Written by: Kimmy Foskett

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