How To Fit Into My Wedding Dress | Fishtail Style

Written by Charlotte Campbell

Bridal Body Workout

So you’ve found the dress, and now you’re ready to make sure it looks perfect. Wedding planning can be stressful and take up a lot of free time. So we’ve designed a bridal body workout that will tone up your essential areas, making your workout as quick and efficient as possible. To get results, you should complete this workout at least 3 times a week.


If you’re aiming for overall body weight loss too, we would recommend adding in a few sessions of cardio in addition to this workout. Just 25 minutes of swimming, running or cycling at a high intensity a few times a week can really boost your weight loss.


Fishtail Dress: Key Areas

 The fishtail dress, also known as a mermaid dress, is form fitting throughout the abdomen and only flares out from below the hip or knee. Key areas to maximise the silhouette of this dress are the bum, core and arms.

Key Move: Bridge Step Out


Targets: Abs and glutes


Lie on your back with your feet flat on the floor and close to your bottom. Your arms should be flat by your sides. Lift your bottom up into the bridge position. Keeping your lower back and bum off the floor, reach out with one leg until the heel is on the floor. Transfer the weight to the heel and stretch out the other leg. Your bum and lower back should still be raised with both heels on the floor. Step your feet back to your bum and repeat 20 times.


Bridal Body Bonus Points: Add a crunch in between reps to smash those abs.

Key Move: Walk-Out


Targets: Arms and abs


Stand straight with your feet hip-width apart. Touch your toes and then, with your legs remaining straight, walk your hands away from your body. Keep your core engaged and then when you have gone far enough, lower into a press up. Reverse the move until you are standing again. Do as many of these as you can in 30 seconds, then have a 15-second rest, then repeat once again.


Bridal Body Bonus Points: Increase the number of walk-outs you can do in the time frame. You can also alternate your press ups by holding 15-second planks.

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Key Move: Jackknife


Targets: Arms and core


For this move we recommend using 6kg dumbbells, however, if you do not have these you can use smilingly weighted products providing you can grip it firmly in each hand.


Lie flat on the ground with your arms behind you, holding the weights. Raise your arms above the floor. Lift your left arm and left leg to meet one another. Reverse the position until you are lying down again and repeat 15 times on each side.


Bridal Body Bonus Points: Increase the weight you are using if you feel you can handle a heavier load.

Key Move: Press-Ups


Targets: Arms


Lie down with your hands on the floor just outside of your shoulders. Extend your arms so your toes are keeping you steady and your arms are supporting your weight. Lower yourself back down so your chest reaches the floor and your elbows are bent. Repeat 15 times.


Bridal Body Bonus Points: Increase the number you do per workout, or turn your body when you are fully extended to add in a high side plank for 15 seconds.

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Whilst you may be cutting calories to get your goal bridal body, thorough nutrition is key. You don’t want to limp down the aisle with a pulled muscle. Make sure your body has plenty of protein to help your muscles recover from each workout.

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Faye Reid

Faye Reid

Writer and expert

Faye Reid has a Bachelor of Science in Sport and Exercise Physiology and a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology and Sports Nutrition. Faye has worked with numerous high-profile organisations, such as Men's Health, Sky Sports, Huddersfield Giants, Warrington Wolves, British Dressage and GB Rowing, providing her expert sports science support. Find out more about Faye's experience here: She puts her passion into practice as goal attack for her netball team, and in competitive event riding.

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