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Tone Up with Resistance Bands!

  • Karen Pearson

    Band Biceps Curl

    Move by celebrity trainer Kathy Kaehler, fitness expert on ExerciseTV.tv

    Target: Biceps


    • Stand with right foot in middle of band, holding one end of band and a dumbbell in each hand (wrap ends of band around dumbbells and place palms over).

    • Keeping elbows by sides, turn palms forward and curl both hands up to shoulders. Do 10 reps.

    • Next, curl one hand up at a time, alternating sides. Do 10 curls on each side. Repeat combo.

     
  • Karen Pearson

    Pull-Down

    Move by Crunch fitness instructor Jennifer Galardi, creator of the Crunch: Latin Rhythms DVD

    Targets: Back, arms, abs, obliques, and hips


    • Stand with feet slightly more than shoulder-width apart, holding one end of band in each hand, arms by sides.
    • Lift arms overhead, pulling band tight, and point right toes out to side.
    • Keeping left arm still, engage obliques, pull right elbow down to side, and lift right knee to meet it.
    • Extend right arm and leg without touching toes to floor. Do 10 reps. Switch sides; repeat.
  • Karen Pearson

    Tube Walk

    Move by Reebok global instructor and FITNESS advisory board member Jade Alexis

    Targets: Abs, butt, and outer thighs


    • Stand in middle of band with feet shoulder-width apart, holding one end of band in each hand.
    • Cross band in front of body (making an X) with right hand by right hip, left hand by left hip.
    • Keeping back tall, feet parallel, and knees straight, take a small step to the right with right foot. Step left foot to right, bringing feet shoulder-width apart.
    • Take 10 steps to right. Switch directions; repeat.
     
  • Karen Pearson

    Resist-a-Squat

    Move by Reebok global instructor and FITNESS advisory board member Jade Alexis

    Targets: Abs, butt, and quads


    • Stand in middle of band with feet hip-width apart, holding one end of band and a dumbbell in each hand (wrap ends of band around dumbbells and place palms over), arms by sides.
    • Squat, keeping knees behind toes, and hinge forward slightly from hips.
    • Stand up, pulling band with you. Do 15 reps.

  • Karen Pearson

    Penguin

    Move by Nike elite fitness trainer Patrick Goudeau, creator of the Playball! Workout DVD

    Targets: Arms, abs, butt, and outer thighs


    • Stand in middle of band with feet hip-width apart, holding one end of band in each hand, elbows bent out to sides, hands in front of belly.
    • Step forward with left leg, then lift right leg a few inches, pressing it out to side.
    • Step right foot down a few inches forward, then lift left leg a few inches out to side. Alternate for 8 steps.
    • Next, press out left leg, then right, to rock from side to side, like a pendulum. Do 8 reps.

    Originally published in FITNESS magazine, July/August 2009.

     

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