If you’re planning to dive into a pre-wedding workout, why not grab your S.O. to join in on the fun? It’s been proven that working out in pairs has a higher success rate. Not to mention, breaking a sweat together is the perf opportunity to bond with your sweetie and bust that big day planning stress.
We spoke with fitness enthusiast Michelle Elaine, who spilled on a slim down total body workout that’s perfect for you and your main squeeze. If you’re trying to tone up and blast some body fat, this workout delivers, and in 45 minutes or less (depending on how many circuits you want to fit into that busy schedule of yours…).
Michelle says that for best results, you should perform the full circuit three times. On average, each round should take about 15 minutes. It is highly recommended that you warm up with a quarter to half mile run or 50-100 jumping jacks to get the body ready. Be sure to give yourself time to stretch at the end and cool down, too!
1. Tree Plank: Balance, Core, and Arms.
Lie on your right side keeping a steady form with your shoulders, chest, hips and legs in line with one another. If you find yourself leaning forward or backward, or you’re having difficulty keeping your balance, just lean down on your elbow instead of fully extending your right arm. You’re going to hold this position for 30 to 60 seconds, then switch to your left side and hold for another 30 to 60 seconds.
2. Plank-up: Core and Arms.
Get into a full plank position, as if you are about to start a push-up. From here, bring down your right arm and then your left, so you get yourself into a plank position, and then lift your arms back up, leading with your right arm into that full plank position. You will keep bringing your arms down and up for 30 to 60 seconds, then switch to start with your left arm and perform for another 30 to 60 seconds.
3. Hip Dip: Core and Arms.
Similar to the Tree Plank except this time both legs are fully extended and you will now dip your side down to just touch the ground and then bring back up. Perform these dips for 30 to 60 seconds and then switch to your opposite side for another 30 to 60 seconds.
4. One-Arm Full Plank: Balance, Core, and Arms.
Get into a full plank position and just place your left arm behind your back. Hold your body steady, don’t dip your hips down or push your butt up. Hold this position for 30 to 60 seconds and then switch arms.
5. Balancing Plank: Full Body Move.
This one is a little tough! Get into full plank position and then raise your right arm and left leg, hold for 30 to 60 seconds, and then switch for left arm and right leg. Note that it may be difficult to keep your balance. If you need to, just kneel on the balancing leg.
6. Donkey Kick: Butt and Thighs.
Get down on all fours and just lift your right foot to a 90-degree angle (hip height…) so that your foot is flat to the ceiling. Press up for a few inches as you bring that foot up, and then lower back down and repeat for 30 to 60 seconds. Switch to your left foot and repeat for another 30 to 60 seconds.
7. Yoga Ball Leg Lift: Full Body Move.
Balance yourself into a full plank position with either a yoga ball or medicine ball and then lift your left leg and hold for 30 to 60 seconds while keeping your balance. Then switch to your right leg and hold for another 30 to 60 seconds. Keep in mind, the yoga ball or a medicine ball will add difficulty, so you can certainly opt for just having hands flat on the ground instead.
8. Push-Ups: Chest, Shoulders, and Arms.
Exactly what you’re thinking… Just a basic push-up! But push-ups can transform your upper body and build muscle tone. Start in a full plank position, then bring your body down and push-up. If you feel your hips sinking or your butt pushing up, place both knees down for assistance and keep the body steady. Perform 10 to 15 push-ups.
9. Forward Lunge: Abs, Butt, Legs, and Thighs.
Stand straight, with your head, shoulders, hips, and feet aligned. Cross your left arm over your right and hold at a 90-degree angle, then lunge forward with your left leg. Continue to lunge forward alternating legs for 30 to 60 seconds. Then hold the lunge for 30 to 60 seconds and switch, this time starting with the right leg.
Need a little more motication? Pump this playlist while you’re at it:
1. “Ex’s & Oh’s,” Elle King
2. “Confident,” Demi Lovato
3. “End of Time,” Beyonce
4. “WTF,” Missy Elliott
5. “Remember The Name,” Fort Minor
6. “The Anthem,” Pitbull
7. “Downtown,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
8. “Work B**ch,” Britney Spears
9. “Where Have You Been,” Rihanna
10. “Lose Yourself,” Eminem
11. “Break A Sweat,” Becky G
12. “The Hills,” The Weekend
13. “Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift
14. “Fire,” Gavin DeGraw
15. “Levels,” Nick Jonas
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