March 01, 2017 2 Comments
Portable, effective and low impact resistance band workout you can do anywhere, anytime. These resistance bands (a.k.a. Power Bands) should be your new best friend. Add the bands to your workout in the gym, throw them in your carry-on or use them for stretching to increase flexibility and mobility. The reason these bands are so effective is because they act the way our muscles do. The elasticity results in a smoother motion, diminishing any harmful impact on your joints.
Smash through 3 rounds of 10-12 repetitions each exercise with 30-second rest between each round.
Burn calories fast using low impact exercises that can be performed anywhere.
Stand with both feet on band shoulder-width apart. With your toes facing slightly outward.
Squat down then pull the band over your head and put on your upper-back, across shoulders.
Reach to your sides and hold the band with both hands.
Keep your back rigid, shoulder blades engaged and chin up then push through your heels into the ground and stand straight up.
Make sure to push your butt back so that you’re never passing your knees over your toes.
Don’t lift heels off the ground, push through them instead! Keep your chip up!
Wrap the bands around your feet for a more tension and band security.
A calorie buster, this exercise makes your largest muscles work hard including your lower legs, hamstrings, quads, glutes, and core.
Related: 9 Variations of Squats with Bands
Behind the neck press
Push the band straight up from behind your neck so that your arm extends above your head.
8-12 reps each shoulder.
Keep core engaged with your back straight.
Benefits: The shoulder does most of the heavy lifting accompanied by the triceps and back
Related: Resistance Band Shoulder Workout
Straight Leg Deadlift
Stand on the band with both feet hip-width apart.
Reach down by bending at the hips and keep your back straight then grab the bands with both hands.
Pull yourself up by using your core and lower back while hinging at the hips.
Keep your knees slightly bent and your back straight.
Don’t use your arms to pull up during the movement.
Make it more difficult by looping the bands around your feet
Benefits: A big lift, that activates and strengthens lats, hamstrings, hips, glutes, core and lower back.
Overhead tricep extension
Stand on band with your right foot.
Grab the band with your right hand and raise above your head.
Keep your elbow in a fixed position then extend hand upward until your arm is fully extended.
Lower band in a controlled motion until elbow is bent at 90 degrees.
8-12 reps each side
Keep your back straight, core tight.
Avoid movement in the upper arm and elbow.
Tighten and tone triceps and forearms
Sit on the ground and put the band around your feet, loop once over to keep secure.
Grab the band with both arms extended out in front.
Keep your legs straight, back straight and chest up.
Pull the band back by squeezing your shoulder blades together, engaging your back, lats, and biceps.
Slowly let the band return to original starting position.
Keep knees slightly bent and don’t rock back and forth.
Tighten abdominal muscles; don’t over use your arms or shoulders.
Benefits: Strengthens back, shoulders (rear delts) and biceps
Related: 8 Resistance Band Back Exercises
Push outward away from your body, extending both arms with your hands meeting in the middle of the movement.
Return the band to starting position in a slow controlled motion.
Pause briefly while contracting your chest muscles.
Keep shoulder blades back.
Tighten and strengthen chest and triceps
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