Sweating for the Wedding: Leg + Cardio Workout

Week 2 of Sweating for the Wedding starts now! This week, we’re going to cover legs and cardio. I love working out legs because it’s one of the most important body parts to work out.

If you’re #SweatingForTheWedding with this wedding workout, you have the GREATEST potential for fat loss! You’ll burn a ton of calories while working out your legs. In addition to that, your body will continue to burn calories as your muscles repair!

With a high intensity interval training (HIIT) cardio session after the workout, you’ll  not only reduce recovery time for your legs, but you’ll also burn fat! It’s a win win!

If you’re wondering how heavy you should go with the weight, please see last week’s Sweating for the Wedding: Arms and Back.

Quick Mental Note

Remember to finish each and every exercise to the last rep. If we quit or let up in one exercise here, and another there, sooner or later, these little moments add up to a BIG habit of quitting.

If you’re training for the Big Day, the last thing you want is to look back and know that you haven’t tried your best. There are only a few big events like this in our lives. Make the most of it by using that prize to keep you motivated with every single workout!

Let’s tackle those legs!


Warm Up

5-minute ride on the recumbent bike

Leg Workout

Cardio (machine of choice)

Warm up with 2 minutes at low resistance
Complete six rounds of:

  • 20 seconds fast with high resistance (Work/High Intensity)
  • 2 minutes of slow with low resistance (Recovery/Low Intensity)

Cool Down

  • 3 minutes on the bike
  • 2 minutes stretching

NOTE: During your :20 seconds of high intensity, remember to crank up the resistance a bit. This should be done at an effort level of 9-10. The resistance should make you feel like you are riding your bike through tall grass. For the low intensity, turn the resistance down and let those legs rest.

What’s your favorite pre-wedding exercise?

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Luke Andrus is a certified personal trainer, ACE health coach, writer, folk music drummer, husband, and a father. Most of his writing experience is in poetry and fictional short stories, and he also proposed to his wife with a self-published children's book. He is a Narnia nerd with a degree in History, a minor in English, and a semi-obsession with the French language. He believes that fitness is not just about vanity, but about lifestyle, integrity, and the ability to take control of your life.