You Won’t Be Able to “Resist” These Workouts!

by Rachelle on August 18, 2015

Lightweight and easily packable, resistance bands are easy to use at home or on the road. They deliver what experts call “functional training,” that mimic real-life actions and target more muscles in the process. Everyday tasks will become easier, and you will tone up quickly!

SquatsTo get started, choose a band with handles. Opt for light resistance if you’re new to strength-training, and medium if you have already been working out. When you use resistance bands, it is like having an adjustable weight machine that is easily customizable. Using a heavier band will also give you a more strenuous workout.

Before beginning a move, make sure your exercise bands are firm by wrapping them around your hands or moving farther away from the anchor point. Use controlled movements, keeping even tension throughout each exercise. If a move is too difficult, try doing it without the exercise bands.

The Chop (tones shoulders, abs, butt, and legs)

  1. Stand to the right of a resistance band (secured a few feet above your head).
  2. With your feet hip-width apart, rotate your torso slightly to the left and grab the handles with both hands so that your arms are straight and above your left shoulder.
  3. Keeping the arms straight and back flat, pull the handles across your body to the outside of your right knee.
  4. Pause, then slowly return to start.

Kneeling Push-up (tones shoulders, arms, chest, back, and abs)

  1. Drape the band across your upper back with a handle in each hand.
  2. Lying face-down with your hands by your shoulders, contract the abs and press into the hands, straightening your arms and raising your torso and thighs so the body forms a diagonal from head to knees.
  3. Pause, then lower chest almost to floor and repeat.

Reverse Lunge (tones butt and legs)

  1. Stand with your left foot 2-3 feet in front of the right, with the back heel off floor. Place the band under the left foot, holding a handle in each hand at shoulder height with the palms facing forward.
  2. Bending both knees, lower your hips until your left thigh is parallel to floor. Do not lean forward.
  3. Keeping your abs tight, straighten the legs and raise the torso.
  4. Pause, then repeat.

Ski Jump (tones shoulders, abs, butt, and legs)

  1. Anchor the band around sturdy object at chest height.
  2. Facing the anchor point, hold a handle in each hand, arms extended forward at chest height, palms down, and feet hip-width apart.
  3. Bend the knees and hips, sitting back until thighs are almost parallel to floor (keep knees behind your toes). At the same time, lower arms down to sides without bending elbows, palms facing to the back.
  4. Pause, then return to the start position.

For each exercise, set a goal of doing 3 sets of 15 repetitions. Like previously noted, start at a lower resistance and work your way up to a heavier resistance. This will allow your body to achieve your goal, so that you can push to more challenging ones!

Rachelle

Rachelle

Health Contributor at Creative Bioscience
Hi I'm Rachelle, or "Elle" for short. I am a busy body, but always been a plus sized kinda girl. I've learned that my curves are sexy, and I can feel good about how I look without looking like a stick! I'm a work-a-holic and stay as active as I can with lots of projects, so I have to prioritize my health choices. Working for Creative Bioscience has opened my eyes to what you can do to supplement your diet, and manage things in a natural way. The advances that are being made in the health arena are so exciting, and we are on the front lines bringing the best of the best. Rachelle's favorite product is hCG 1234
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