Here's How to Try a Bridal Bootcamp Like Pippa Middleton
Knowing millions of eyes would be on her-and her famous derriere-Pippa Middleton took looking her best on her wedding day quite seriously. Ahead of her May 20 vows in Englefield, England, Duchess Kate's little sister reportedly underwent a three-month bridal bootcamp at London's Grace Belgravia health club. The "bridal membership" package at the exclusive gym includes a personal trainer, yoga, Pilates, spinning, cardio training, and meditation classes, along with healthy home-delivered meals.
While the reported $7,000-plus yearly price tag of Pippa's pre-wedding fitness routine may be out of reach for most commoners, there are plenty of other options for brides-to-be. Many studios and gyms offer special packages designed to help you get fit ahead of your vows. As for scoring a royal in-law and a three-week around-the-world honeymoon? You're on your own for that.
Exhale Bridal Bootcamp
Future wives transform themselves head-to-toe with this 12-week package. Along with unlimited yoga and core fusion classes, choose from high intensity interval training, cardio sessions packed with kickboxing moves and lunges, or toning barre work. At the nationwide spa, you receive a nutrition consultation, a massage, several facials, and a private class with your 'maids ($975 for 12 weeks, exhalespa.com).
Consider it an engagement gift: Brides are given a 10 percent discount off the three-month all-access membership at this New York- and New Jersey-based workout spot. (The workout is a sculpting blend of Pilates, dance, and aerobics developed by a former New York City Ballet dancer.) The studio has also teamed up with NYC's Smith & Brit Boutique and Spa to offer discounted facials and makeup sessions ($283.50 for three months, chaisefitness.com).
Devotees pulse their way to toned muscles with small movements and light weights at this nationwide studio, boasting more than 375 locations. Sign up for the bride-to-be package to get unlimited classes for three months. You'll tuck your way to your fittest self in no time (from $375, purebarre.com).
The New York-based women's only studio sculpts fitness buffs with a variety of circuit-based classes, ranging from sculpt (a 45-minute low-impact, high-intensity mix of strength training and cardio) to endurance (a 55-minute cardio-focused session packed with weight lifting and plyometric movements). Those wanting to look their best in their wedding dress can opt for the one-month "whip up" program, the three-month "tune up," or six-month "shape up." All include weekly personal training sessions and access to classes, plus a private class for your 'maids, including a post-sweat champagne toast ($1,350 for one month, $2,650 for three months, or $5,100 for six months, upliftstudios.com).
Tone in the comfort of your own home. The nationwide barre class (think: a blend of small, sculpting movements and plenty of stretching) has a bevy of on-demand videos on their side, including a special eight-week bridal series that focuses on the biceps, triceps, and back, i.e. the area most on display in your dream dress ($19.95 per month, ondemand.physique57.com).
Sign up for the elite membership at this New York indoor cycling studio-where riders are grouped into teams for each high intensity 45-minute-session-and score more than just unlimited classes. You'll also get discounts on smoothies, guests passes to bring your friends, and a swag bag of goodies from Poppy Stockwell Skincare, Pucker makeup, Dream Dry blowout bar and others. As a bonus, if you sign up with a partner (hint, hint, your groom!), you each get a discounted rate ($295 per month, or $250 per month with a partner, swervefitness.com).
At the national gym's L.A. outpost, you can sign up for a customized Shedding for the Wedding training program, giving you full access to the spot's slew of machines and 70-plus classes along with personal training sessions tailored to your needs (from $60 a session, davidbartongym.com).
The nationwide studio's mix of indoor cycling classes and barre-based workouts are guaranteed to torch calories and sculpt all-over. Opt for their Flywheel Bridal Workout Plan and you'll get unlimited classes. Their ideal weekly mix: three high-intensity 45-minute cycling classes and two total body toning sessions. "Introduce yourself to your instructor and let them know you're getting ready for your wedding so they can help keep you accountable," suggests Flywheel master trainer and creative director of the West Coast, Victor Self. That way you know you'll reach your goals ($300 per month, flywheelsports.com).