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INSPIRATION: Rock the Dress!


OUR SISTER PUBLICATIONS:  Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine Wyovore WYO XY The Wyoming Woman

image by Christine Kronz Photography, Cheyenne


Want to rock that dress? Strapless or non, every woman wants to look her best on her day. One element that puts your best foot forward is your upper body. Shoulders,biceps, triceps…these are easy muscles to tone in the months ahead of your day, and they create a stunning profile whether photographed at a distance or up close.

TWO PEOPLE that deserve a call first before you begin ANY exercise workout: #1 and MOST IMPORTANTLY — your physician. Always get your physician’s A-OK before you begin an exercise regimen. #2 — Work with your bridal shop and let them know that you plan on doing some working out in the months ahead. Ask them pointed questions about how the fit of your gown can change, how they handle alterations, and what time frame that will require. Believe me, this 30 minute session with your bridal shop will pay off in HUGE stress reliefs down the road when you plan ahead!

While we’re at it, we want to give a shout out to our awesome Wyoming friends in the bridal attire industry:  Mountain Valley Bridal in Laramie; Hart’s Tux & Gown in Casper; Special Occasions in Sheridan; and Dan D Party Corner in Cheyenne for tux rentals. All of these shops are not only professionals in bridal attire, but also the time frame and commitments it takes to creating the look of your dreams.

Here are some good sites I found for targeting that upper body and finding some rockstar workouts at the same time:

Tricep exercises — Since my UW cheerleading days, I have learned the utter importance the tricep muscle has on our appearance, as well as our daily functioning. It may seem so little utilized, but once you work it out, you’ll discover how much our tricep really does do for you that you never even realized! My go-to exercises? Dips! You can do dips on the living room floor, or in a gym using parallel bars or gym bleachers. I do use closely stanced pushups, a medicine ball or free weights for some tricep extensions, but dips are still my fave (although not in the moment, I hate them in the moment…) Here’s a good site:

Shoulder & chest exercises — I’m a pushup girl. I vary the width on my stance and go until my shoulders are shaking. Military presses and lateral raises with free weights are also good, and when I was a cheerleader, old school bench press worked wonders for my shoulders and chest. Nowadays, I vary the pushups at home with the rowing machine at the gym. Set the tunes to cruise and let your mind drift…pure Heaven…  Here’s a good site:


Got a great go-to upper body workout? We’d love to hear about it! Post on our Facebook page or email us at and we’ll add your suggestion to this blog post — and if you have a great workout for another area of the body, shoot us a line as well — we’ll be talking about more fitness in blog posts to come!

‘Til next time…

Kati Hime, Editor



OUR SISTER PUBLICATIONS:  Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine Wyovore WYO XY The Wyoming Woman

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