The Skinny: Resist It

The resistance band is one of my go to workout tools for toning. In addition to my routine of HIIT, running and booty-camps, I always add a few sets of toning moves with a resistance band. One of the perks of a resistance band is that they’re easy to tote around. Do em on your lunch break, while you’re watching New Girl or sneak into the restroom doing your date and do em while you squat. Don’t hate, at least I’m puttin in work.

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There’s actually a bunch of different resistance types and sizes, in addition to colors so they’ll look cute with all your gym outfits (if you’re that girl).

Check out a few different types of exercises you can bust out with these things. And take it from me, they work. 3-4 days a week with 3-4 reps of 12/15 and you’ll see a difference….

*Tip – Lighter colored bands tend to have less resistance than darker colored ones…

Booty Buster (hardy har har)

Step into handles with feet hip-width apart and loop band over back of neck. Hold band at chest height, elbows bent. Push hips back and slowly bend forward, keeping back straight and knees soft (as shown). Return to start. Do three sets of 12 reps.

Box Squat

Step into handles with feet hip-width apart, toes out, holding band with hands shoulder-width apart at chest, elbows bent. Squat as you extend arms overhead (as shown). Return to start. Do three sets of 12 reps.

Tip Toe Fly

Anchor center of band at chest height. Stand with feet wider than hip-width apart, holding handles with arms extended, palms in, at chest height; squat and lift heels. Pull handles out to sides (as shown); return to start. Do three sets of 12 reps.

Arch and Point

Anchor center of band at chest height. Stand with feet together, holding handles with arms extended, palms in, band taut. Raise right knee until thigh is parallel to floor as you draw right hand to chest (as shown). Hold one beat; return to start. Do 12 reps; repeat on opposite side. Do three sets.

Punch It

Anchor center of band at hip height. Stand with back to anchor, holding handles at hips, elbows bent, palms up. Lunge left leg forward as you punch with right hand (as shown); repeat on opposite side for one rep. Do three sets of 12 reps.

I got my resistance bands (I have 3 in varying degrees of resistance) with workout videos, from Target and from classes at the gym. You have no excuse to not have one – they’re cheap, easy to get and they’re portable. Again, it’s insanely easy to grab one and start busting out moves wherever you are. Before bed, in the morning right when you wake up (I don’t take part in this one as I can barely walk to the bathroom without tripping) and during 3 hour long football games (my fav). Shit, pour yourself a glass of wine and sip between sets. You’ve earned it.

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