HOW MANY WEDDING invites do you have magnetized to your fridge right now? We’d venture to guess at least one given the fact that August, September, and October are among the most popular months to tie the knot. So whether you’re walking down the aisle yourself, being a groomsman for your buddy, or are just a guest at the wedding of your old college roommate, you’ll most likely have to rock a suit in the coming weeks and months. Check out how to get the perfect made-for-muscle suit. And if the wedding is sooner rather than later, here are the best summer wedding suits for men.
But almost as important as securing the perfect outfit is getting your physique suit-ready. This compound movement workout, created by Derek DeGrazio of Barry’s Bootcamp Miami Beach, will help you do just that. “Each of these moves is comprised of a lower body move and an upper body move to maximize efficiency and effectiveness, not to mention a killer core workout too,” says DeGrazio. “When you perform a compound move using your legs and your upper body together, you’ll work your core much more since it must be engaged, so its like a freebie for your abs!”
DeGrazio also chose the moves in this routine with the body parts you’ll want to show off in a suit in mind. The squat/press, for example, will sculpt your quads and glutes to look good in your pants—and build your shoulders so they will fill out the jacket.
Directions: Complete the following compound moves as a circuit. Complete all the reps for the first move, then move on the next two. Rest only as much as needed. Repeat up to three times total.
Squat/Press: Stand with feet hip width apart. Hold dumbbells on top of each shoulder. Slowly squat back, keeping your knees behind your toes, weight on your heals. Then press up through your heals to standing and press the weights above your head with arms locked out. Repeat 3 sets x 10 reps.
Lunge/Curl: Stand with feet hip width apart. Hold dumbbells at each side. Step forward about 3ft with your left leg, keeping your knee behind your toe, bend your leg at a 90 degree angle. Hold at bottom and curl each weight up. Bring weights back to your sides, then press back to standing. Repeat on other side. 3 sets 10 reps each leg.
Dead Lift/Upright Row: Stand with feet hip width apart and weights at your side, palms facing your body. With a soft bend in your knees, bend forward at your waist, keeping your back straight. Go past your knees with the weights, then press your hips forward and stand back up to starting position. Next pull each weight up under your chin, leading with your elbows and keeping your elbows above your hands. Repeat 3 x 10 reps.