Exercise Equipment to Help You Get in Shape for the Big Day

Guest post is written by Andrew Lisa, a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. He writes about health and fitness.

Everyone wants to look great at their wedding ceremony. The people you care about will all be there, a photographer will be enshrining every moment for posterity, and – not to mention – the person whom you’re committing to living a life with will be standing next to you all night.

The good news is, getting in shape quickly doesn’t require tons of money, equipment, or time. Consider these inexpensive and effective programs.

The Reinhardt Kettlebell system brings out the true power of kettlebells.

The Reinhardt Kettlebell System

Although this once-standard measurement of strength and fitness went out of vogue for much of the 20th century, kettlebells are again becoming a common sight at gyms and in fitness programs everywhere – and they’re perfect for getting in shape for your marriage services. A cornerstone of every serious martial arts gym, kettlebells look like a cannonball with a handle attached.

The RKS program comes with a kettlebell as well as a complete workout program that can literally replace an entire gym’s worth of expensive equipment. The program combines cardio, core, and strength training with a single piece of small, practical equipment.

Perfect Fitness Ab Carver

Invented by a Navy Seal, the Perfect Fitness Ab Carver is also basic but brutal. An update on the thin and wobbly ab wheels that came before, the Perfect Fitness Ab Carver forces the arms, shoulders, and core to remain engaged, and offers variations that range from novice to advanced. Its giant wheel and curved handle make it – unlike earlier ab-wheel incarnations – comfortable, even for people with grip or wrist issues. Digital workouts are available for download.

P90X Chin-Up System

A simple chin-up bar only does one thing – pits the pulling levers of your upper body against the combined drag of gravity and your own body weight. A workout standard for boxers, gymnasts, and marital artists for generations, chin-ups and pull-ups – if practiced with even a fair degree of regularity – reward the body with practical strength, endurance, grip strength, and long, lean muscles in the back, shoulders, torso, biceps, triceps, and forearms.

The P90X Chin-Up Bar requires no installation, can fit in essentially any door frame, and comes with six grip variations. Even better, it’s cheap enough to put one on your registry for your wedding ceremony without feeling guilty. If you can’t do any chin-ups or even pull-ups, don’t worry. Just hanging from the bar for a few seconds every day can produce dramatic results and prepare you to complete your first successful repetition.

The P90X Chin-Up System turns your doorway into a gym.

It doesn’t require a lot of expensive equipment to get in great shape for your wedding ceremony. Modern updates and new programs built around time-tested training methods and equipment can transform your body. Kettlebells, chin-up workouts, and extension ab training is how boxers and martial artists have stayed in fighting shape for generations. It will take some hard work and dedication, but your marriage deserves nothing less.

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