Sooo… You want to look great for your wedding? Well, it’s time to stop thinking about your tux and and what colour socks you’ll be wearing on your special day and it’s time start thinking about your temple, otherwise known as your body! Shedding any stubborn belly fat and adding more definition to your body will do you wonders, not only by helping you look great, more importantly it will help you feel amazing on your wedding day and more importantly give you that extra bit of confidence on your honeymoon 😉
If you’re looking to spice up your routine in the gym for more efficient and better results, look no further than these simple bodyweight exercises that will have a huge, positive impact on your appearance. It doesn’t matter if you’re a workout novice or you’re a workout reject; these exercises are perfect for EVERYONE.
1. Single-Leg Box Squat
The bodyweight squat just isn’t hard enough; that’s why we’re only going to use one leg. This exercise is phenomenal at strengthening your legs, burning fat, and making sure you don’t look like a guy who “skips leg day.” (Remember you’re going to be the main attraction when you’re standing up on the alter in front of all your family and friends, you absolutely don’t want your skinny legs to be the talk of the reception!)
Here’s how to do it: Start by facing away from a bench or box. Lift one leg, sit back onto the bench and come up without putting your other leg down. To make it harder, lower the bench or stand on a short box. You can also add resistance by holding a pair of dumbbells in your hands or wearing a weight vest.
The plank is one of the best bodyweight exercises for your core. It’s simple, it requires no equipment.
Here’s how to do it: Get into a plank position — resting on your forearms and body straight. Push your forearms into the ground to round your upper-back and keep your lower back flat. Make it harder by elevating your feet or putting your forearms on a stability ball.
3. Bear Crawl
This looks easy, but after 30 seconds, you’ll wonder how you were able to crawl so much as a kid. It targets the muscles deep inside your core and it opens your joints for less injuries. Use the bear crawl as a warm up or a finisher to burn some extra calories.
Here’s how to do it: Get on all fours with your hands under your shoulders and your knees under your hips; keep your knees an inch above the ground. Crawl forward by taking a small step with your right arm and left leg at the same time and alternate. Keep your hips low and your head up.
Every guy should do pushups, yes EVERY GUY! Even if you bench 300lbs, the pushup will still help you build strength, size, and power — it blasts your chest as well as your core, shoulders, and triceps.
Here’s how to do it: Get in a pushup position with your hands about shoulder-width apart. Keep your lower back flat and don’t let your hips sag. Lower yourself and keep your elbows close to your body as you descend.
5. Inverted Row
The inverted row is a phenomenal bodyweight exercise to develop a strong and wide back, good posture, and healthy shoulders. They target the often neglected muscles in your mid- and lower-traps, rhomboids, and rotator cuff muscles. They train a strong grip which carries over from everything to opening pickle jars to setting a personal record on the bench press.
Here’s how to do it: Do these on a Smith machine, a power rack, a TRX suspension trainer, or rings. From underneath, keep your body straight like a plank and pull yourself up while squeezing your shoulder blades together.
The saying is that the average guy can’t do one pullup. But if you want a strong upper body, great arms, and less fat, pullups are a staple. If you can’t do one, that’s okay — wrap an exercise band around the bar and use it to give you a boost.
Here’s how to do it: Grab a pullup bar with your palms facing away and start by squeezing your shoulder blades together. Pull yourself up and lead with your chest. To make it harder, do ring pullups or wear a weight vest or belt.
7. Pike Pushup
Turn the traditional pushup into an intense shoulder exercise by doing a “pike” pushup.
Here’s how to do it: Get into a pushup position and raise your hips until you have a straight line going from your hands to your hips. (That’s called a “pike position.”) Keep your elbows in as you descend, drive yourself back up, and keep your hips up the entire time. Put your feet on a box or bench to make it tougher.
If you’re serious about looking your very best on your wedding day then these 7 simple exercise techniques should be practised religeously starting from at least 3 months before your big day.
It goes without saying that a good body deserves to be captured on in print and on digital, a good way to make sure you can flex those new found toned muscles without a care in the world is by ensuring you have a Photo Booth or a Magic Mirror available at your wedding reception. Over here at Platinum Moments, we always have great deals on for both these products among other needed wedding entertainments such as DJs, Sweet Carts & Magicians, get in contact to find out how we can help you.
Now go and start working on your bods!