Resistance bands, it’s a love hate relationship. Meaning I love them and they hate me – trust me; you’ll have DOMS after a high intensity workout with a band!
Why I love them
Take any exercise to the next level, with no need for gym equipment, machines or weights. And, you can travel with them! Yes, some people like to do a quick workout on vacay before the overeating and sun tanning begins…
Banded workouts are resistance training; a form of exercise that improves muscular strength and endurance, add plyometrics and you’ve got yourself an all-rounder workout. Another bonus; resistance bands do not rely on gravity for resistance (like free weights do)…DUH, so you can use them for a greater variety of exercises and work literally every muscle in your body.
Exercises I love
Here are a few of my favourite things to work your legs, booty and core (keep an eye on my insta @TRIPLE.FIT to see these in action)
CLAMSHELLS | lie on your side and wrap the band around your legs, just above your knees. Beginning with your knees together, slowly and controlled separate knees/open legs to make a 90 degree angle. Repeat.
CRAB WALKS | just as the name says, wrap the band around your legs just below the knees or around the quads, crouch down and walk like a crab. Sounds weird, but trust me, it works.
SQUATS | you don’t need an explanation. Try jump squats for an extra burn!
CRUNCHES | like a regular crunch but with legs in ‘table top’ and band around your quads pushing outward.
ADDUCTION & ABDUCTION | work the inner and outer thigh, band secured around a pole or table leg and your ankle.
SUPERMAN | work your core and bum big time! Laying on your stomach with the band around your ankles, simultaneously raise your head, neck and shoulders (with arms forward like superman) and your legs, hold and repeat.
GLUTE BRIDGES | bands around your legs just above the knees and go for it, remember to engage your core and bum.
Enjoy! P.S. if you tell me these are easy, you’re for sure doing it wrong.