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DVD Review: The Wedding Workout

If you're going to be walking down the aisle you're probably in serious planning mode. One DVD that will fit right into your frame of mind is The Wedding Workout from Women's Health. Not only does it provide a great workout, but it's one DVD that lets you plan exactly how you want to do your workouts and when.

The DVD is divided into several sections by body parts: upper body, abs and core, lower body, and cardio. You can do the workout in a prebuilt schedule, which separates parts of the body each day of the week with one rest day, or you can create your own workout. You can also decide how heavily you want to focus on the upper or lower body (i.e. strapless dress versus hip-hugging dress). I just tried the prebuilt schedule and feel like I got a good workout. I didn't realize until I finished working out that all the exercise routines are the same, and you simply repeat the same moves on different days. This means if you're doing lower body on Monday and Wednesday those workouts will be exactly the same and this might increase the boredom factor of working out with a DVD. Furthermore, all warmups and cooldowns are the same each day of the week, making this part my least favorite aspect of the DVD. But if you can mentally get over the repetition, you will get a good physical workout.

You do need a pair of light dumbbells for the upper body, core, and abs portion and an exercise mat would make the whole thing a little more comfortable. The lower-body portion is heavy in squats and lunges — my legs were literally shaking — so if you have bad knees you should be careful or opt out. And as with all DVDs, I feel like the cardio is not sufficient enough so I would supplement with jogs outside and sessions on the elliptical.

Fit's Tip: The bonus segments that teach how to walk in heels, nutrition, and stripping 101 were unnecessary — I'd skip them altogether.

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BubbleSpice BubbleSpice 9 years
I never knew how to walk in heels until I started doing squats and deadlifts! Now I know how to balance my weight on my heels and wear them all the time! Bet the DVD doesn't teach that.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
This is so silly. I mean, so it might be a fantastic workout, but this mentality is awful. We should be healthy to be healthy and try to work out to look hot all the time, not just for "our big day." Counting this as yet another reason I'll probably elope. Ugh.
cvandoorn cvandoorn 9 years
I'm not a fan of Women's Health - their dvd's and their magazines. I feel like all the articles are written by men who try to put a female spin on it...can't stand it.
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
How to walk in heels? Ha! Granted, it's a skill, but not one I'd expect to find on a workout DVD! (stripping 101, however . . . :))
TidalWave TidalWave 9 years
ugh. i told someone i was running my first 5k last year and they asked if I was getting married soon. I was extremely confused when I replied, 'No.' They said, "Oh, usually women get a burst of physical fitness so they can look good in their wedding dress." Wow. I hope i never get that weird mentality.
psychobabble psychobabble 9 years
Two more things I forgot to add. (I clearly love this DVD) Fit is totally right about the bonus sections, they're not worth the time and the stripping one is so awkward, I had to laugh. But another good thing is that I saw results really quickly with this DVD, particularly the upperbody workout.
psychobabble psychobabble 9 years
I love this DVD, but as I got stronger I found it to be a little too easy. I own all the Women's Health DVDs and love and use them all. Though, my favorites are this one and the Perfect Body Workout.
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