Local fitness program encourages and prepares brides-to-be for their big day


The New Year is well underway and many are working to keep their fitness goals going strong.

There may be extra incentive to keep up with fitness goals for 2019 brides-to-be who want to feel good on their big day, so one local program is giving them a platform to do just that.

The one-of-a-kind "Bridal Boot Camp Marrython," led by locally-run, Divine Impact Fitness is empowering women to get in shape physically and mentally before stepping down the aisle.

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Emily McKenney is one of those brides-to-be, set to walk down the aisle June 21, but not before breaking a sweat with a few fellow future brides, all in the name of good health.

“My goal is, number one, to get healthy; drop a few pounds of course and a few inches but just start feeling better about myself and getting ready for my big day, for my wedding,” McKenney said.

As part of the program, brides-to-be, along with members from their wedding party, earn points for getting in shape and participating in wedding activities led by local female-owned businesses and have the opportunity to win $4,500 in wedding services.

Some of the partnerships include Distinct Event Planning with Lucretia, Just Write Fine Paper & Stationary, Jehan Inc Photography and Indelible Affairs & Floral Design.

Business owners for these companies have made appearances at the fitness classes to talk about the services they provide and help how brides-to-be with their planning.

“These women have introduced some brides-to-be to some amazing women who can help make that process easier,” McKenney said.

But the program is part of a larger goal for Diving Impact Fitness, according to Rina Reid Dunkin, Divine Impact Fitness co-founder.

“Our primary vision is to give back to the community,” Reid Dunkin said. “We want to inspire, we want to help our community grow and then we hold dance classes, as you see behind us where we get our fit on and we empower our members that come to our class.”

The fitness aspect of the dance classes isn’t all physical either, Reid Dunkin said.

“It’s a stress reliever,” she said. “I think people come here to release. You get one hour to just focus on you.”

The experience, McKinney explained, turns what some women find to be a stressful time, into something they can grow from.

“You are welcomed when you come. There is no judgment,” she said. “There, you know, you don't have to know every move. You're not in a clique. You're a part of our family.”

While the Bridal Boot Camp will end in March, Divine Impact Fitness programs won’t stop there.

“Ultimately, we envision women walking away feeling better about themselves,” Reid Dunkin said. “That’s the ultimate goal; that you feel inspired, empowered, encouraged.”

Divine Impact Fitness dance classes are held:
Monday – Thursday 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Strength training classes:
Monday – Thursday 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Next Level Fitness and Training
720 Cross Pointe Rd, Gahanna 43230