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Bridal Fitness Routines for the Gym Monday, September 19, 2011 ~ 10:07 a.m.

Treadmill This week, I thought I'd mix things up a bit with my regular Bridal Fitness post and do it just a little bit differently. Rather than reviewing one specific workout, I'll be providing you with a couple of cardio routines that I, myself have found, tried and modified over the years.

When I was in college, I always worked out at the campus gym. It was a pretty nice place to workout, and it was included in my very expensive private school education, so I figured, why not? I worked out there at least a few times a week for years, focusing mainly on cardio (although I should have spent more time on resistance training, too!) on one of their many machines. I tried to stick with the treadmill as much as I could because that one seemed to challenge me the most, but I also used the eliptical, spin bike and the stair master. Oh, and I hopped on the stepper mill (or the stairway to PURE. HELL. as I usually called it) and the rowing machine on occasion. Despite the gym's wide variety of aerobic machines available, I would still get bored with them! The gym offered group fitness classes, but I didn't like having to work out according to schedule, living off campus for the majority of my time in college.

In order to spice things up a bit for me at the gym, I started getting fitness-centric magazines like Shape and Fitness in the mail, which usually had at least one or two workout routines inside them. I tore out the pages and saved them in a notebook, which I always kept in my gym bag. One day, I even got organized enough to transcribe the routines on the magazine pages onto the notebook pages themselves!

My workout book of gym routines

The routines in my book definitely helped! Especially on the treadmill when I would oftentimes get bored and find myself staring at the time ticking by, wishing it was over before I had even began. There was something about changing up the resistance and speeds on the machines every five minutes or so that made me feel like I was moving forward, from point A to point B. I didn't get as bored and it wasn't as miserable, because even if I had to sprint uphill, I knew that it would be over in however many minutes! I also loved using more than one cardio machine during my workout. One of my favorite routines was one that had me going from the stepper mill, to the treadmill, to the eliptical, moving to the next machine every ten minutes.

Anyway, I thought I'd take today's Bridal Fitness post to share a couple of the workouts in my collection for any of you gym rats out there looking to change things up! Give them a try, and let me know what you think!

Bridal Fitness Routines for the Gym

Thirty Minute Slim-Down
Adapted from 2009 Summer Issue of Shape

Level of Difficulty:
Four diamond ring rating for bridal bootcamp exercise reviews

Stepper Mill or Stair Master, Treadmill & Eliptical

Time Commitment:
30 Minutes

Stepper Mill (Minutes) Speed (MPH) Incline (Percent) Level of Exertion (1-10)
0 - 4 3 N/A 3 - 4
4 - 7 8 - 10 N/A 6 - 7
7 - 8 4 - 5 N/A 5
8 - 10 10 - 12 N/A 7 - 8
Treadmill (Minutes) Speed (MPH) Incline (Percent) Level of Exertion (1-10)
10 - 12 3.7 2 5
12 - 15 6 - 6.5 2 8
15 - 17 4 2 6
17 - 20 6.5 - 7 2 8 - 9
Eliptical (Minutes) Speed (MPH) Incline (Percent) Level of Exertion (1-10)
20 - 22 6 4 5
22 - 24 8 4 6
24 - 26 10 6 7 - 8
26 - 30 2 2 3 - 4

Treadmill Quick Blast
Adapted from April 2009 Issue of Shape

Level of Difficulty:
Three diamond ring rating for bridal bootcamp exercise reviews


Time Commitment:
25 Minutes
Time (Minutes) Directions Speed (MPH) Incline (Percentage)
0 - 4 Warm-up 3.5 1
4 - 5 Walk Briskly 4.5 2
5 - 6 Slow Jog 5.5 2
6 - 7 Recover 4.0 2
7 - 22 Repeat minutes 4 - 7, five times 4.0 - 5.5 2 (I sometimes increase the incline by 1 or 2 percent each cycle to make it more challenging)
22 - 25 Cool down 3.0 1

If you're curious about a specific workout and you'd like for me to review it, please do leave a comment below or feel free to send me an email at Sarah - at - apaperproposal - dot - com.

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Emma | Emmaline Bride (Michigan)

Sep 19, 2011 12:23 PM

Hi Sarah!

Great ideas... perfect advice for brides-to-be and post brides, too! ;)
Have a great Monday.


chandra ~ oh lovely day (LA)

Sep 19, 2011 2:34 PM

great tips as always. Not a bride (anymore) but if you have any tips for working out at home (while my baby is napping) I'd love to hear it :)

Melina (United States)

Sep 19, 2011 4:29 PM

I love fitness posts since I am always looking for new routines. Especially cardio ones since I get so bored!

Sarah {A Paper Proposal} (Los Angeles)

Sep 19, 2011 5:02 PM

Thanks, Emma! I know, I always get bored, too, Melina!!!! Def try one of won't be bored, I promise ;)

Chandra, thanks for the suggestion! I'll definitely do a post focusing on at-home exercises in the next few weeks!

Natalie {Bayside Bride} (Annapolis, Maryland)

Sep 20, 2011 9:10 AM

I absolutely love this post! Go girl! :)