DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – At 7 p.m. one night this week, Lee Park in Dallas was packed with joggers and pet lovers, but in one corner there’s a group of women with one thing in common.
Some are brides, some are fiancées and some are newlyweds.
“They are sweating for their wedding!” says instructor Doug Rice as he gets the women going Wednesday night.
For one hour, two to three times a week, the women gather and run, do lunges, push-ups and a number of other exercises.
“I’ve tried working with a personal trainer, I’ve tried going to the gym myself, I always end up quitting because it’s boring,” says Stacie Schrenkeisen, who will be getting married next February.
She’s stuck it out with Bridalicious Boot Camp.
Rice walks around with his stopwatch pushing the ladies, “No quitting till the final fitting.”
He works in Cardio and weights and targets what most brides worry about constantly: The back, arms and shoulders.
“The bridal trifecta is what I nicknamed the arms, the back and the shoulders because when the bride is in a strapless gown that’s the part that will be exposed and everyone will see they want it to be as tight and toned and sexy as possible,” says Rice.
Jackie Luckett got married in June. She has lost 40 pounds in a year and says she looked amazing on her big day.
“My back, you didn’t have the awkward back fat that a lot of brides have and I didn’t have the armpit hangover that a lot of brides have,” says Luckett.
Her friend Nicole Cox is also a bride boot camper. She’s lost 30 pounds over the year.
“It’s reality. You are not going to lose 50 pounds in a month if you do you will not keep it off. It’s steady – continual loss,” says Cox.
The wedding day maybe the launch of the boot camp for many brides, but Rice is noticing a lot come back.
“I’ve had women come while they are engaged, get married,” says Rice. “They leave again and go have a baby and come back.”
The ladies admit the bridal boot camp has made them faster, stronger and, of course, look and feel amazing in that dress.
The boot camp is held in Plano and Dallas. Prices range from $100 to $200 a month.
Rice, who also works with The Knot, will be part of the Dallas Bridal Show on July 28-29 at Dallas Market Hall where they are offering a free workout at 7 a.m. RSVP here.
Also, the first 30 brides receive a swag bag valued at more than $1,000 dollars in gifts.