Grab your band and get going!
Resistance bands are one of my main go-to fitness tools. They are portable, easy to use and effective. Below are some of my favorite exercises using a Total Self mini band.
Place band around hands, maintaining tension on the band by pushing hands slightly outward
Curl arms up towards shoulders being sure to keep elbows tucked to the sides.
Return to starting position and repeat 10-16 times
- Place band around hand and rest on opposite shoulder
With the other hand, pull band straight down while extending the arm. Be sure to keep the elbow tucked close to your side
Repeat 10-16 times and then switch sides
bent over row
Place band around hands
Bend forward from the hips with a neutral spine, chin tucked in
While keeping tension on the band, pull elbows back while squeezing shoulder blades together
Return arms to straight position and repeat 10-16 times
Standing abductor lift
Place the band around the middle of both feet. Stand beside a chair if needed for balance
Squeeze glutes while lifting right leg to the side
Lower and repeat 10-16 times. Switch sides
Place the band just above the knees, lie on back with knees bent
Squeeze the glutes while lifting hips off the ground. Push knees slightly outward against the resistance of the band. Hold for 3 seconds
Slowly lower hips and repeat 10-16 times
Place the band just above the knees and lie on the right side. Place arm under head for support, rest the other hand on hip. Bend knees to a 45 degree angle, stacking hips and knees on top of each other.
Keeping feet together, brace core and bring knees as far apart as possible
Repeat for 10-16 repetitions and then continue on opposite side