Many little girls have dreams of the perfect wedding dress. Once you finally find the dress you’ve always dreamed of, you’ll need to make sure it flatters you in all the right places. The type of dress you choose determines the parts of your body that will stand out on your big day. You can alter the dress to boast your favorite body features, but the rest is up to diet and exercise. If you’re interested in shaping up for a more flattering silhouette in your gown, here are a few ways to do just that.
The strapless dress draws attention to the top part of your body. Your shoulders, chest, arms, and top of your back are bare, making it the perfect time to tone up. It’s time to focus on biceps, triceps, shoulders, and back muscles.
To focus on the shoulders, you should do vertical weight raises and side arm lifts. An easy exercise is with a 5 pound dumbbell. Lift dumbbells up until arms are at full extension. Go from full extension to a 90 degree angle at your elbows. Repeat this three times with 10 reps each time.
An easy way to target tricep muscles is a bench dip with elbows at a 90 degree angle. Do not let your bottom hit the ground, but dip three times at 10 reps each.
Targeting the back with a lat row is the best way to go. If you have a place to row a boat, great, but if not, post yourself up at a machine that makes your back do all of the work.
If you just want to target all the muscles at once, go for the old fashioned push up. They may look easy, but the entire top of your body is getting a workout, so it tires out quickly. Try to do as many as possible. Hit 25 the first time and go from there.
Empire Waist Dress
The empire waist dress is fit for any princess. The top is tight, then comes together above the waist and flares out, creating a gorgeous style. This dress accentuates the beauty of your chest, shoulders, back, and collarbones. The same strapless dress exercises apply, but you can also target your core for the perfect flat stomach in this dress.
Old-fashioned sit ups and crunches are great for this type of dress. You also can add dumbbell pull-downs and a lat row for the top of the back.
The A-Line dress is along the lines of an empire waist dress with a longer waist. The hips are given more of a focus in this dress, so you want them on point. This dress is all about focusing on core strength and hip exercises. You also need to follow the same exercises for the arms, shoulders, and back to bring out the muscles for the top of the dress.
Lay on your back with your legs extended a few inches off the ground. Raise and lower your straight legs 25 times in a row without letting them touch the ground. Do this three times to strengthen hips.
Planking is a great way to hit all of the muscles you need in this dress at once. Hold a plank for as long as possible (30 seconds to start is a good goal), and do it three times.
The beautiful mermaid gown is also a fit and flare or sheath type of dress. This dress is all about accentuating those gorgeous curves. The dress hugs your body in all the right places. If you have a flat booty, you’ll for sure want to give it a boost for the hug of this dress. You want to focus mainly on the core so that your stomach looks nice and tight in this dress, creating the perfect hourglass figure.
Core exercises are best done with planks, crunches, sit ups, and push ups. A great way to boost the workout is with a resistance band. Sit on the floor as if you were going to do a sit up. Put the resistance band shoulder width apart in your arms, extending it in front of you. Lean backward and lift your legs off the ground. You can even twist your body to each side, feeling the burn in your obliques.
Targeting the glutes is best done with a good, old-fashioned squat. Squats make your legs burn, but they are worth it. Do 10 reps three times. When you get tired of squats, shift to lunges for the same burn.
A dress with an open back lets you show off a beautifully sculpted back. The back muscles are long and easily get lean. Shoulders are also shown off in this type of dress, so it’s important not to forget them.
Lat rowing machines are your best bet, but you can also do exercises at home with your dumbbells. Target the entire back by grabbing two five or ten pound weights. Stand with legs apart and hold weights in front of you. Bend forward at a 90 degree angle, keeping your back straight. Bend your knees. Extend your arms in front of you until they are straight, and pull the dumbbells up to your chest. Use your back muscles while raising your elbows up. Do this 10 times in a row for three stances.
To target the shoulders, get out those weights again and get ready to shrug. Hold the weights in each hand by your sides with knees bent. Shrug your shoulders while keeping your arms straight. Hold this pose for five seconds. Repeat this five times. This actually works your shoulders and entire upper back.