People talk about bridal workouts all the time. There are even bridal boot camps specifically tailored to brides who want to prepare for their wedding. What about the groom? Should the groom prepare and get fit for his wedding? Some would argue no one has to, but if you want to get prepped and be in your best shape, there are certainly options. It’s hard to know what the best route to take is, especially with so many different workout options. Or you may be stuck because you don’t have many gyms in your area and are left with doing the prepping on your own. No matter your situation, there are many ways for the groom to find the perfect pre-wedding workout.
If you want to be able to dance all night long at your wedding, this workout is for you. Running is the perfect way to up your cardio before the big day. Some find running grueling, but it definitely pays off. Running is one of those workouts that involves the whole body, producing great results pretty quickly. If you commit to running at least three days a week, you’ll be able to dance the night away in no time.
Speaking of dancing, why not take a dance class? No, dance classes aren’t just for girls. If you’re still feeling weird about taking a dance class, you can always take a class that’s based in dance, but more masculine. For instance, you could take Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art that incorporates music. Or, you can always take partner dancing classes like a salsa or ballroom class. This way, you get the dancing lesson for the wedding and the exercise you’re looking for. Your partner will certainly appreciate your newly perfected dance moves on the big night.
Wedding planning is stressful. Your partner is likely freaking out and even if you’re not, their freaking out is probably stressing you at least a little bit. It’s important to keep your head about you. To keep calm before the wedding, why not try yoga? The greatest thing about yoga is that there are so many different types. If you feel a bit weird doing a slower more meditative yoga, you can try a hot yoga class that’s more athletic-focused. Yoga is another workout that targets the entire body, so you can rest assured you will be getting toned.
Don’t forget, you may need to carry your partner across the threshold after your wedding night. Maybe you want to, but you’re afraid you can’t because your arms are like spaghetti noodles. No worries—if you’re reading this, you’ve got time. Start lifting weights now. Find a great gym near you and pump that iron! If you don’t have any good gyms near you, buy some cheap weights and start small. The key to weightlifting is to push yourself, but not too hard. Commit to lifting weights several times a week. If you do this, lifting your partner will feel like lifting a pillow.
Have you ever seen those informercials for workout DVDs? Turns out, some of them actually know what they’re talking about. This is an especially good option if you don’t want to get a gym membership and don’t really have any other options near you. Home workouts bring the gym to you. There are lots of levels to workout DVDs and you can start where you are personally at workout-wise. Now, some sites are even offering workout subscriptions with thousands of different workouts. If you’re worried about getting bored with one program, a subscription might be the perfect fit for you.
You may already be playing some kind of group sport or have been wanting to get involved in one. Great! Get some of your best buds together and make time every week to play. When you play a group sport you like, often you get so into the game you don’t even realize how hard you’re working out. With this method, you’ll probably get fit without even realizing it. Just make sure you pick a sport you genuinely enjoy and commit to playing it a few times a week. Sports help with muscle growth and cardio, so there are really no downsides. If you don’t have a bunch of friends to play with, your local gym likely has teams that need players. Ask around and find a team so you can look like Stephen Curry in your tux.
It’s a great feeling when you know you’re looking your best. It’s even greater when you feel that way at your wedding. If you’re hoping to feel more fit for your wedding, with these workouts you’re on your way. All that’s left is you actually doing them. If you’re not sure one is enough, why not try mixing it up during your week? Some of these workouts work great when you layer them. For instance, you could do yoga in the morning and play basketball with your friends in the evening. It all depends on how far you want to go.