- Stand in the middle of the band so both feet cover both sides of the loop, then take the ends of the bands in each hand before standing up straight into your start position. The bands should be under tension by this stage.
- Once they are, soften your knees, shift the weight to your heels and push your bum back like you are trying to push a door closed, being careful to keep your back nice and straight.
- Get a maximum stretch on the hamstrings before squeezing the glutes and returning the body to an upright position.
- Place the band over your mid back and assume a push-up position, placing your hands over the ends of the band, allowing enough tension to complete the push-up while providing some additional resistance.
- Alternatively, this move may be incorporated into the circuit without the use of a band, as push-ups are a great bodyweight exercise to incorporate into this circuit.
- With or without the resistance band, this exercise can be done on your toes or on your knees based on your fitness level.
- Starting from a seated position with a flat resistance type style band placed in the middle of both feet, with a hand on each end of the band.
- Engaging your mid back to prevent slouching, raise your feet with your toes pointed while raising your arms to form the shape of a “V.” In this instance, the band assists with the movement, so for a more advanced progression, do the V-sit without the band.
While Elliott stresses that access to a fully set up gym will always trump any single equipment workout session in terms of long-term progression, band workouts are an affordable and effective tool. So, whether you are using them alone or in conjunction with weights, jumping on the bandwagon is a great option!
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About the author: Charlene Bazarian is a fitness and weight loss success story after losing 96 pounds. She mixes her no-nonsense style of fitness advice with humor on her blog at Fbjfit.com and on Facebook at FBJ Fit.
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