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When it comes to getting in shape for the big day, consistency is key! You have to find what works for you and your schedule so you stay motivated and don't give up too easily. Plus, when you're planning a wedding on a budget, you want to find a workout routine that doesn't require a pricey gym membership or personal trainer. That's why I loved this 10-minute upper-body workout designed for the wannabe buff bride.


Whether you're looking to drop some weight or just tone up, one of the best ways to do that is with strength training. But don't let it intimidate you — all you'll need is a set of dumbells for this workout.


Want to have rocking arms in your wedding dress? Try out this routine from exercise physiologist and Bowflex Fitness Advisor Tom Holland. This workout will help you get toned up and confident in a shoulder- or arm-baring dress for your big day! Check out these four simple moves that will totally transform your arms — the gifs will show you just how to execute the moves to make a big impact without spending a ton of time!


Buff Bride Workout Moves: Transform Your Arms

buff bride workout


Chest Fly





Row/Tricep Kickbacks



Overhead Press



Dumbbell Curl




Do 2-3 sets of 10-15 reps each

Holland recommends completing the above moves in 2-3 sets of 10-15 repetitions for a circuit-style workout. For maximum results, complete the workout three times each week on non-consecutive days. Be sure to use weights that are more challenging for the last few repetitions.


If you're planning on sweating for the wedding, make sure to consider proper nutrition and sleep as well as your exercise routine. Health is a 360 degree area, and you can't just focus on one area in order to get fit! Thanks to Tom Holland for sharing these workout moves with us!

Best of luck with your fitness journey!



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