Fitness: All You Need Is a BAND!
Resistance Band Workout
Posted by lindsay wright
With the holidays creeping up on us and travel on the horizon, I thought I’d share one of my FAVORITE workout tools to use on the road!
THE RESISTANCE BAND!!
That’s me – leading a Bootcamp. Awesome face, Linds.
Be honest. When you think about training with resistance bands, what comes to mind? Middle-aged women in spandex? Never men. People who can’t lift heavy? The elderly?
While resistance bands ARE a little easier to work with than your standard dumbbell or body bar in terms of increasing your strength, they have their place in a high quality, get your heart pumpin’ workout! You just have to know HOW to use them in order to get the most bang for your buck!
There are a few tips to making RB workouts more challenging:
- Select thicker tubes for more resistance.
- Double loop the band around your hands and/or play around with how far apart your feet are when performing a standing exercise.
- Perform more repetitions (12-20 range).
Now that you know how to use them for a great workout, you should probably know WHY you’d want to incorporate resistance bands in the first place!
Benefits to training with resistance bands:
- Full Range of Motion - Create continuous tension on your muscles, as opposed to using dumbbells. You can focus on the concentric (shortening the muscle) AND eccentric (lengthening the muscle) motions.
- Mobility – You can take them anywhere! Unlike dumbbells, resistance bands can be easily packed for traveling or working out away from home!
- Inexpensive - They’re pretty CHEAP! I found this set of 5 for around $25 – with varying resistances and interchangeable handles!
When I train clients at the gym, we do at least one or two exercises using bands. I just love how versatile they are. Since I’m addressing you mamas who will probably be using them during naptime or early morning, I’d recommend investing in a COUPLE of different tensions (thin to thicker bands), so that you can use them for myriad movements.
Go buy some bands, put little one in the bouncy chair and do this workout with me!
What You’ll Need
- One resistance band
- Coffee table or sturdy chair
How It Works
Perform this workout 2-3 times per week on non-consecutive days.
For video tutorials – Curtsy Lunges/Overhead Press, Squat with Bicep Curls, Lawn Mower Row, Step-Ups, Chest Fly, Squat Leg Raises, Bicycle Crunches
Try this one out and let me know how you like it! Whether you’re traveling or working out in your home, a resistance band would be a great addition to your fitness arsenal!
For more fitness and health tips, please visit my healthy living blog, Lindsay’s List, and join in on the fun at the LL Facebook page, where I host giveaways and weekly workouts!
3 back to baby