Join the Band!

WORKOUT
Thursday, June 26, 2014
JOIN THE BAND!

What on earth am I supposed to do with this thing, you ask.  At first glance, it’s hard to imagine that a no-frills latex band could give you one of the best workouts of your life, but it does! 


 
Perceived by most as a far-fetched way to tone up and slim down, resistance bands are finally getting the credit they deserve in the competitive world of fitness accessories. No matter your age, fitness level or fitness goals, incorporating resistance bands into your training routine is guaranteed to give you a fitness boost and impressive results in record time. Their functionality, strength training benefits, safety and ease of use are nothing short of amazing; and you’ll know exactly what I mean when you stretch to the challenge.


 
The Principle
 
Resistance is the core of all strength training, and super-strong latex bands capitalize on this principle better than any other fitness accessory on the market. By providing constant, multi-directional resistance that is not facilitated by free weights or machines, resistance bands are priceless additions to anyone’s workout regimen. In addition to increasing strength and promoting fantastic muscle tone, elastic resistance promotes increased physical mobility and flexibility without the risk of muscular or joint injury.


 
Since resistance band training requires you to remain in control throughout every exercise motion, muscles are obliged to remain contracted via slow, deliberate movements. This requirement promotes proper exercise performance and the incorporation of stabilizing muscle fibers that contribute to forming well-toned muscles with increased core strength.
 

Benefits

The benefits of training with resistance bands are numerous and multifaceted.  From health and personal well being to convenience and versatility, the advantages justify the bands’ rising popularity. 
 

Health

  • Increased muscular strength and tone
  • Increased flexibility
  • Improved functional mobility and performance
  • Improved cardiovascular fitness
  • Weight and body fat loss
  • Challenging at all fitness levels
  • Physical therapy usage
  • Fast, noticeable results
 

Versatility

  • Hundreds of exercise movements
  • Exercises for every muscle group
  • Compound/concentration muscle training
  • Easy to use
  • Various/customizable resistance levels
  • Multi-directional resistance
  • Various band configurations
 

Convenience

  • Lightweight and easily stored
  • Usable anywhere (i.e. homes, gyms, hotel rooms)
  • Affordable
Squat
Squat
Stand with feet shoulder-width apart. Place band evenly under arches of both feet and grasp the ends of the band in each hand. Lower to a seated position- keeping your chest and head up, back straight and knees above your ankles. Return to starting position and repeat.
Chest Press
Chest Press
Place the band around your back (under the arms at chest level) while grasping both ends of the band in each hand. Extend arms in front of your chest (keeping elbows raised to chest level), bringing hands together at the end of the extension. Keep your elbows soft, shoulders up and chest out at all times. Return to starting position and repeat.
Lat Pulldown
Lat Pulldown
Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, back straight and knees relaxed. Grasp the ends of the band (overhand grip slightly wider than shoulder-width) and raise band directly overhead. Stretch the band by extending your arms laterally, while contracting your shoulder blades back and together, until the band touches your chest. Return to starting position and repeat.
Overhead Shoulder Press
Overhead Shoulder Press
Place one end of the band under your right foot. Grasp the other end of the band with your right hand, positioning the band behind your body as you raise your shoulder and bend your elbow to a 90° angle. Raise your arm, keeping your elbow soft, and then lower. Repeat movement and switch arms.
Tricep Extension
Tricep Extension
Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, back straight and knees relaxed. Hold both ends of the band, placing one hand behind your back at your waistline (palm-up) and one hand behind your neck (palm-down). Make sure band is pulled tight at all times. Extend the top arm by extending your elbow and stabilizing your shoulder. Lower to starting position and repeat. Switch sides.
Bicep Curl
Bicep Curl
Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, back straight and knees relaxed. Place one band end under your right foot and grasp other end with your right hand. Keeping your upper arm against your body, bend your elbow to a 90° angle with your palm facing up. Lower band and repeat. Switch sides.
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