The best part about a resistance band? It’s super-lightweight, which means you can pop it in your rucksack and take it to the gym, to the park or even on holiday.
Why should I use one? Because incorporating a resistance band into your workout routine will not only put your muscles under constant tension, but it’ll massively boost your calorie burn, meaning you’ll be waving goodbye to body fat and saying hello to lean muscle.
Here are our favourite resistance band moves:
1) Lateral Step
Want killer glutes? Start by wrapping the resistance band around your calves/shins. Now, squat down slightly and using your right foot, step sideways. Now step the left foot to meet the right and repeat 5 times before changing direction. Try to stay in your squat for the whole time!
2) Overhead Press
Want to target those shoulders? Start by standing on the resistance band with your feet shoulder width apart. Now, hold the band at chest level in both hands and push your arms straight above your head. Now slowly lower them back down to your chest and repeat for 20 reps.
3) Glute Bridge
Want to sculpt those glutes? Start by lying on your back with your knees at 90 degrees and feet on the floor. Place the resistance band around your legs (just above the knees) and thrust your hips into the air so that your shoulders, hips and knees align. Slowly lower your hips back to the floor and repeat 20 times.
4) Narrow-Stance Squat
Want a move that targets the glutes, hamstrings and quads all in one go? Start by standing on the band with your feet hip-width apart. Now, hold the band in both hands and slowly sit into a squat. Go as low as you can before standing back up. Repeat 20 times and feel the burn.
5) Bicep Curl
Want toned arms? Start by standing on the resistance band with your feet shoulder-width apart. Now hold the band and bend your arms 90 degrees (that’s roughly up to your shoulders) before slowly lowering your arms back down. Repeat this for 20 reps and feel the burn!
So there you have it! 5 moves that are sure to take your typical workout to the next level. Ready, set, SWEAT!