Friday, 23 February 2018

Stretch Band Exercises

Posted On Wednesday, 13 July 2016 11:29

You don’t need to purchase a whole bunch of weights to get into shape. Using a stretch band can be more effective than weights because it helps improve your balance and strength and it also provides a full range of motion helping work muscles you might miss with regular weights. Here are a few stretch band exercises you can do to get into shape.

Lunge With Biceps Curl

Start by putting the center of your stretch band under the instep of your left shoe and keep your right foot behind you. Hold your stretch band with an underhand grip and bend your knees to lower yourself into a lunge position while you perform bicep curls. Switch your legs and then repeat.

Plié

Begin standing making sure your feet are wider than your shoulder with your toes out. Wrap your stretch band behind your back just below your armpits and extend your arms out while holding your band just below the handles. Bend your knees until your thighs are parallel to the floor and simultaneously wrap your arms around yourself (like you are giving yourself a hug) and try to touch your fingertips on your back. Return to starting position and repeat.

Squat with Overhead Press

Stand on the center of your stretch band with your feet shoulder with apart. Hold the handles and bring them up to your shoulder with your elbows bent. Squat down will pushing your arms straight above your head. Bring yourself back up into starting position and repeat.

Crunch with Lat Pull-Down

For this exercise, wrap your stretch band around something stable like a doorknob. Lie down on your bag and raise your knees and have your shins parallel to the ground and your arms extended. Crunch your upper body forward and bring in your arms toward your knees. Lay back down into starting position and repeat.

Side Lunge with Side Raise

Begin by standing with your feet shoulder width apart with one end of your stretch band under your left foot. Grab the other end of the band with your left hand. Lunge with your right foot and sweep your left hand down to touch your right foot. Return to standing and raise your right leg as you raise your left arm. Switch sides and repeat.

Monkey

Stand in the middle of your stretch band with your feet shoulder width apart and handles in your hand. Bend your body to the right and bring your left elbow up. Alternate sides and repeat.

These are only some of the stretch band exercises you can do. There are endless amounts of exercises you can do all without the hassle of weights.

More resources:

Band exercises

The Resistance Band Workout

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