New year, new you, right?? Before you sign your life away on a gym membership that may or may not dwindle as March nears, consider these four boutique workouts that are editor approved and cater specifically to your bridal needs.
1. Pure Barre.
I'll be honest, I'm completely biased to this workout. It's what I used to get myself wedding-ready, and I loved the workout so much I eventually became an instructor. It's been my go-to recommendation to anyone looking to tone-up and slim-down. The premise of the workout is this: You use small, micro movements to work each muscle group to fatigue, resulting in a 55-minute total body workout that leaves your muscles quivering (shaking is good!) and you totally hooked. With several metro locations available, you're sure to find a group of instructors who know how to get your blood flowing and that little indent in your arm we all crave.
2. Kula Yoga.
There's a reason owner Sydney Holly has a cult-like following at her 44th and France yoga studio. Her flowing style of vinyasa yoga will help keep the endless stressors of planning a wedding at bay. Plus, as a non-yogi her classes were challenging enough to keep me engaged, yet I could tell all the yogis around me loved how she took the everyone through a series of postures that stretch and strengthen without a predictable sequence. Bonus: The playlists and candlelight are the perfect way to unwind after a long day.
3. Orange Theory.
If you want to sweat, this is your option. At this Twin Cities chain, students wear a heart-rate monitor as they power through 60 minutes of cardio mixed with weight and resistance training. Trust me, it's hard. And if you're at all competitive, watching your ebs and flows on screens throughout the studio keep pushing you to go harder and faster. The goal is to spend an optimum amount of time moving in and out of the "organe zone" (aka fat burning zone). Your waistline won't know what hit it.
4. Solid Core.
Ouch. There's no other way to sum up how I felt after tackling this full-body workout class that uses a reformer-like machine to guide you through a class that creates constant tension and works your muscle fibers to failure. Seriously. Failure. I nearly crawled out of the studio, but I was hooked. If you're looking for a total body transformation and you want to jump right in, try this Wayzata and West End workout. Laughing hurt after this 50-minute class, but you know what they say: No pain, no gain.