It’s a fact of life—like the sun rising in the east or a yellow starburst tasting like dish soap—that every bride looks beautiful on her wedding day. So while we don’t want you stressing out about a tummy pooch, flabby arms, or back bulge we guarantee only you notice, we totally support you using your wedding as an excuse to get in the best shape of your life. While we get that it feels like you only have one chance to look your very best on your big day, we also encourage you to think of your wedding and the months leading up to it as a starting line, not a finish line. And, think of your wedding workout as a fun stress-reducer, not one more grueling task to cross off your endless wedding planning to-do list. Whether the goal is to tighten up a tad or jumpstart a complete transformation to the healthy lifestyle you thought only existed for Instagram models, the secret for brides wanting to look impeccable from head to toe and every inch in-between is finding a workout you love so it doesn’t feel like work. You’ll have no problem sticking to a three-to-four-times-a-week schedule (remember, rest is necessary too) if your exercise routine excites you. Monotony has no place in the pre-wedding game plan.
Maybe you love high-intensity aerobic exercise. Perhaps slower-paced, strength training is your jam. You could prefer a low-impact, full-body conditioning program.
Or heck, get creative: go paddleboarding, hang upside down from the ceiling on silks, or just pound some drum sticks like you’re Tara Reid in Josie and the Pussycats.
To help you figure out which workout(s) should be your workout(s), we dove deep into the boutique fitness scene to round up 32 of the country’s top places to sculpt, sweat, and de-compress. Now, go forth and find your best you ahead of your “I do”s!
The AKT program, courtesy of Anna Kaiser, is part dance, part yoga, part Pilates, part strength-training, part intervals…okay, there are lots of parts—and the sum is one heckuva good time. With more than 800 clients per week between their NYC, Hamptons, LA, and CT locations (including Kelly Ripa, Karlie Kloss, and Shakira), AKT switches up its class curriculum every two to four weeks so no one gets bored—good news for brides planning to come month after month. (BTW, Kaiser advises coming at least four months to get in shape for your wedding.) Kaiser also recommends bringing your entire bridal party with you to an AKT class for some quality bridesmaid bonding. “I had a bride who would bring her girls in with her once a month to just jam out and celebrate her fitness progress,” recalls Kaiser. “They’re usually so excited to support you. Plus, you all get a workout that’s super fun, and you get to be together without focusing too much on wedding details the entire time.”