Fitness: Strapless Dress Workout

Our favorite fitness girl Shellie is back today with fitness advice! How many of you want to wear a strapless bridal gown? Or your friend has picked out a strapless bridesmaids dress? Yep. A lot of you. We all struggle with that troublesome fat that sits right at the top of a strapless dress line. I have some endearing nick names for that lovely spot... So with that, I pass to Shellie! Happy Fitness Friday everyone! 


Whether you’re a bride, bridesmaid, or just attending a fancy event, nothing ruins a strapless dress more than the dreaded overflow of flesh.  Strapless dresses are often less forgiving than you would hope when showing off your arms, shoulders, and upper back.  However, there is no need for you to stress about how you are going to look in a strapless dress!  The 5 exercises below will tone your arms, improve muscle definition, and whip your upper body into shape.  You can complete these moves independently, or for more of a challenge, add them to your own upper body and cardio routine.

 

1.     Chest to Mat Push-ups

How it works: Begin in a plank position with your shoulders over your wrists, your feet together, and your body in a straight line.  While in plank, make sure to pull in your belly button and keep all muscles engaged.  With your body in a linear position, bend your arms to lower yourself towards the floor until your chest touches the mat. Then, push yourself back up into plank position.  Repeat 15-18 times and complete 2 to 3 sets.

You will need: a towel or mat

 

2.     Towel Press

How it works:  Stand with your feet staggered.  As you hold a towel with both hands, tighten it in front of your body.  Move your arms over your head until the towel is at the back of your neck, and then return it to starting position.  This move should be done at a quick pace with high repetitions.  Repeat 20-25 times and complete 2 to 3 sets.

You will need: a towel

 

3.     Upper Cuts

How it works: Hold 3 to 5 pound weights in each hand with your arms bent. Alternate bringing arms up in a "punching" motion, crossing your mid-line to the opposite side.  Repeat 12-15 times for each arm and complete 2 to 3 sets.

You will need: a pair of 3-5 pound weights

 

4.     Reverse Fly

How it works: Hold 3 to 5 pound weights in each hand and stand with your feet staggered and shoulder-width apart, your knees flexed, and your hips pushed forward.  Keeping your back straight, hold the weights below your chest with your arms slightly flexed.  Raise your arms to the side until your elbows are slightly higher than your shoulders.  Keep your upper arms perpendicular to your body and your elbows pointing up.  Repeat 12-15 times and complete 2 to 3 sets.

You will need: a pair of 3-5 pound weights

 

5.     Suicide Push-ups

How it works:  Starting in plank position, lift your right arm and push up onto your right hand and then lift your left arm and push up onto your left hand.  Immediately lower your right arm back to the starting position, followed by your left arm. On the next repetition push up onto your left side first and continue to switch the arms you start with in each repetition. Repeat 12-15 times and complete 2 to 3 sets.

You will need: a towel or mat


Keep in mind that when completing the above circuit order doesn’t matter as long as you are focused on high repetitions and 2 or 3 sets of each move.  Pair this circuit workout with a healthy diet and three to four days of 45-60 minute cardio sessions, and you will be strapless dress ready in no time! 

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