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Fit to Be a Bride

To get the body that you’ve always dreamed of, turn to these local get-wedding-ready fitness routines.

Fit to Be a Bride

Brides-to-be go out of their way to slim down and shape up for their big day. Forget the quick fixes and the diet fads. To get the body that you’ve always dreamed of, turn to these local get-wedding-ready fitness routines. We’ve tried them all, and though our buns were burning and our arms were aching, we achieved the “wedding arms” we were after.

THE WORKOUT

STEELE T.W.O.

HOW IT WORKS

Steele Fitness’s T.W.O. (team workout) program provides the benefits of a personal trainer with a more budget-friendly price tag and the camaraderie of a small group to tackle your fitness goals together. The small class typically begins with 10 minutes of cardio, either on a bike or a treadmill. From there, one or two personal trainers (depending on the class size, which can range from three to 15 people) direct the class through a series of various circuit training exercises (think burpees and jumping squats) with hands-on corrections and in-your-face motivation. From there, it’s another bout of intense cardio and then more circuit training followed by stretching. With little to no time to stop and catch your breath, the class is not for the faint of heart, but it does offer a calorie-blasting hour and major motivation for anyone looking to lose weight or tighten up.

FAVORITE TEACHER

Sergio. He developed the program, so he knows his way around the studio and there’s no move he won’t make you try.

THE VERDICT

We thought we were in decent shape before our first class, but our huffing and puffing after 15 minutes made us think twice. Though the constant mix of cardio and strength training is strenuous, after 60 minutes of lunging, lifting, and running, you leave feeling lighter (albeit sweatier) and confident that any weight-loss goal you set is attainable.

THE DETAILS

$490 for 10 sessions; $1,100 for 25 sessions.
3908 W. 50th St., Edina, 952-285-8009, steelefitness.com

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THE WORKOUT

PURE BARRE

HOW IT WORKS

The goal of this ballet-inspired class (no dance experience required) is to work each muscle group to fatigue using small isometric movements. Then, once you can’t take it any longer, stretch that muscle and move on to the next, resulting in longer and leaner muscles. The high-energy, primarily female class starts with a 10-minute warm-up that places an emphasis on the core, which is worked throughout the entire class (hello, honeymoon abs). Arms follow and incorporate two-to five-pound weights with an exhaustive number of repetitions. (Don’t be fooled by the small weights; continuous, varying movements for nearly 10 minutes result in screaming muscles and obvious results.) Next up is a focus on thighs, which includes three different positions for about three minutes each, resulting in shaking legs that are a sure sign of changing muscles. Seatwork, abs, lower back exercises, and more stretching round out the hour-long class.

FAVORITE TEACHER

Lindsey. She’s the most experienced and knows how to push you so you don’t think about how tired you are until the very end.

THE VERDICT

After just three weeks, our arms were more defined and our skinny jeans slid on more easily. We loved that the class was so fast-moving that we didn’t have time to think about anything other than what to do next. We also appreciated that it didn’t leave us gasping for air and dripping with sweat.

THE DETAILS

$22 for a single class; $450 for three months of unlimited classes.
5620A W. 36th St., St. Louis Park, 952-378-1586, purebarre.com

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THE WORKOUT

ORANGE THEORY

HOW IT WORKS

This heart rate–based workout is perfect for any bride-to-be with a competitive streak who is looking to jump-start her metabolism. At the start of each class, a heart-rate monitor is strapped to your chest. As you spend the next 60 minutes powering through bouts of cardio mixed with weight and resistance training led by a personal trainer, you and your classmates’ oscillating heart rates are projected onto flat-panel screens scattered around the studio. (That means there’s no shirking the tough stuff with this workout; the trainer and all your classmates will know if you’re phoning it in.) The ultimate goal is to spend an optimum amount of time moving in and out of the “orange zone” (aka the fat-burning zone), which kicks your metabolism into overdrive. The whittled waist and toned arms are just a bonus.

FAVORITE TEACHER

Mike. He’s always one step ahead of you and he’s got the finesse to push you to your limit without being (too) scary.

THE VERDICT

There’s instant gratification when you hit that “orange zone” and you know your body is burning those unwanted calories from the weekend. Weight loss is almost inevitable if you’re consistent. There’s also something to be said for pushing yourself harder than the rest of the names on that screen. Unleash your inner bridezilla; she’ll love it.

THE DETAILS

$25 for a single class; $159 for a month of unlimited classes.
Three metro locations, orangetheoryfitness.com

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MOKSHA YOGA

HOW IT WORKS

There’s something to be said for a workout that can strengthen and tone while simultaneously reducing stress and detoxifying your skin. At Moksha Yoga in Uptown, the heated yoga studio hovers around 103 degrees for a 60-minute class that works through a series of 40 traditional yoga postures. Everything from downward dog to tree is held for a handful of deep breaths, which sounds easy enough, but as the heat increases your body temperature it also fires up your heart rate to speed your metabolism into burning more calories and making you sweat. A lot. By the end of class, the detoxifying effects leave you feeling fresh and ready to tackle your next round of to-do lists. Plus, the staff at Moksha is approachable and encouraging, and the studio is incredibly clean given all that sweat.

FAVORITE TEACHER

Ryann. As co-owner, she makes it her business to recognize new students, and she provides hands-on corrections and variations for all levels. She also adds personal anecdotes to make the class entertaining.

THE VERDICT

The final months leading up to a wedding are inevitably chaotic, but this class enables brides to slow their minds while still working up a serious sweat (now that’s taking multitasking to the next level). Following the post-class shower (it’s a must), we felt refreshed, energized, and thirsty for something healthy to make that cleansed feeling last.

THE DETAILS

$17 for a single class; $95 for a month of unlimited classes.
3252 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-920-3004, mokshayogaminneapolis.com

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