Today’s gowns are more revealing than ever before: plunging backs, deep V-necks, cut-outs everywhere, sheer illusion, and revealing lace. It’s safe to say that these hot fashion trends leave little to the imagination. Thanks to the uptick in custom workouts, brides have more options than ever before to get their best assets aisle-ready. To get you prepared, InStyle has rounded up some of the hottest new fitness programs to consider adding to your wedding day preparations.
Exhale’s Bridal Bootcamp
With a focus on full body workouts, core strength and inner bliss, exhale offers a variety of high-intensity workouts at the barre, the mat, and on the bike at locations across the U.S. and resorts like Gansevoort Turks & Caicos. Lucky for the recently-engaged, exhale has recently launched two programs to get brides and their besties in shape for the big day. You can choose from exhale’s 6- and 12-week programs, both of which include a series of classes, facials, weekly check-ins, and more. Both programs include private Core Fusion or Yoga class for the bride and her bridesmaids, plus power facials, cool beam therapies, and fusion massages. The 12-week program ($975.00) also includes a nutrition consultation. Want a quick fix but not the whole commitment? Exhale offers an option for Bachelorette Parties—consider this escape where the experts bring in your group for a private class followed by mini-spa therapies with light bites and bubbly. For more information, check out www.exhalespa.com.
Xtend Barre Bride
Does your bridal look call for the poise and posture of a prima ballerina? Consider the pilates- and dance-based workout program Xtend Barre, which has just announced an exclusive Xtend Barre Bride Membership at many of their 100-plus national and international studios—from Brooklyn to Dubai. Members will enjoy unlimited monthly classes at a reduced rate (package prices start at $159 and vary by studio location) for the duration of three to 12 months, plus a private bridal party class for the bride and up to ten guests. Too busy to get to the studio? Xtend recently launched an online video membership at XtendBarre.com where you can workout with celebrity trainer Andrea Rogers on your own time in between gown fittings, registering for gifts, and planning your honeymoon!
Lucky for FlyBarre fans planning their wedding, FlyWheel Sports has launched FlyBride, a 6-month FlyBarre program designed specifically for brides who want to look and feel their best on the big day. The FlyBride package includes a 6-month unlimited membership to FlyBarre focused on core conditioning and body sculpting. They’ll also host a complimentary FlyBarre bachelorette party to help you celebrate! Brides take note, this program requires a minimum 6-month commitment and is available for a maximum of 12 months. To sign up, visit the website.
Row House NY
If your gown has a dramatic open back—who’s doesn’t these days?—rowing is the workout for you. Consider rowing at Row House NY. Described as a “uniquely smart, sexy, low-impact, high cardio, full body workout,” Row House offers up a new concept for brides looking for a group-class workout regimen. Set to a great soundtrack, authentic crew rowing techniques focus on endurance-building, core-conditioning, strength-training—and sculpting the ultimate sexy back and arms in its full body workout. Private row parties are also available at its New York City locations—and we predict that rowing will become a new sensation in a city near you soon! A 3-class intro pass starts at $75. Visit http://www.rowhousenyc.com.
While cycling sensation SoulCycle doesn’t yet offer a bride-specific program, its inspiration, meditative fitness experience is perfect for the bride-to-be, who might be particularly stressed-out by all the planning. Set in a dark candlelit room to high-energy music, it focuses on lifting the mind while sculpting the body with signature choreography and cardio from upbeat instructors. Want a SoulShower? They do offer the opportunity to rent out an entire studio for a private class where brides and their friends can book a private ride, decorate the studio, create custom clothing, and celebrate their engaged status for a 45 to 60-minute class.
Want to mix up your workout while you’re planning your wedding? Consider ClassPass: a monthly subscription service that provides unlimited access to a massive network of boutique fitness studios and gyms. With tens of thousands of classes available at more than 7,000 locations worldwide, ClassPass makes working out more engaging—and affordable—by offering the option of booking into a diversity of options, including cycling, Pilates, yoga, boot camp, strength training, dance, and more. ClassPass is available in 36 cities in the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Australia—and if you happen to travel a lot, you can use your ClassPass in any of its participating cities. Price varies by market—between $79 to $125 per month. To sign up or purchase a ClassPass membership as gift for a bride you know, visit www.classpass.com.
If you’re a bride searching for a way to jumpstart your energy level, drop pounds and seriously torch calories, OrangeTheory offers the Orange Elite, a month-to-month membership (no contract!) that includes eight sessions per month and additional sessions at a discounted rate (prices vary by location). This high intensity group workout combines heart-rate based treadmill interval training, indoor rowing, and weight training blocks to whip your body into its optimal shape in three to six months with classes that burn an estimated 500 to1000 calories per workout. Visit www.orangetheoryfitness.com for a location near you.