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Resistance band upright row

Target your delts, biceps and traps with this upright row. All you need is a resistance band.

Move: Stand with both feet on top of the band, about hip-width apart and criss-cross the bands in each hand to create an ‘X’. Start with your arms down, palms/handles on top of thighs and a slight bend in your elbows. Keep the handles close to your body and pull them straight up towards your chest. Come up until your arms are parallel with the floor, pause for a second at the top, lower back down, and repeat.

(Fit Tip: Be sure that your elbows do not come up higher than 90 degrees, as this puts added strain on the rotator cuff.)

Words and workout by Ashley Azevedo.

Photography by James Patrick.

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Full body resistance band workout

Give your whole body a strength and cardio workout in one with Ashley Azevedo‘s resistance band workout.

The workout

Circuit training simply means performing exercises back to back with little to no rest in between. Its elevator pitch is maximum perks in minimum time. Due to the fast-paced nature of circuit training, it elevates heart rate and couples cardio and strength training.

Even if you’re solely a weights girl, resistance bands are a great way to keep your body guessing and prevent plateaus. The resistance, reps and number of circuits can all be varied to meet your goals and fitness level.

What you need to do

Consider the list a sequence, not an a la carte menu. Perform a set (10 to 15 reps) of the first exercise and move immediately to the second exercise. Perform one set and move immediately to the third exercise and so on. Keep rests as short as possible. After you complete one full circuit, rest for about 60 seconds and start again. Available time and current fitness level will determine how many cycles you do, but aim for one to five.

(Fit tip: Don’t try to do too much too soon. It’s false economy.) Make sure you warm up the muscles you’ll use before any workout and cool down and stretch out afterwards to avoid injury and consult your doctor before starting any new training regimen.

Targets: Biceps, Delts

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Perks: This compound movement allows multiple muscle groups to be worked with one exercise, making it time efficient and adding to the difficulty of your workout. Sculpt the arms with this two-in-one exercise.

Move: Stand with both feet on top of the band, about hip-width apart.

(Fit Tip: You can control how easy or hard the exercise is by where you stand on the band to create more or less tension.) Start with both arms straight and begin to curl the arms up and towards the chest. Keep your elbows locked at your side. Once you get to the top of your curl, rotate your arms outward and turn your hands so palms are facing away. Press straight up, pause at the top, lower back down and repeat.

Words and workout by Ashley Azevedo.

Photography by James Patrick.

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Gym free circuit

Get sculpted with this exclusive gym free circuit by the Tone It Up Girls. All you need is your yoga or exercise mat.

 

Move 1

Downward dog & butt kick

Move 1 - Downward dog and butt kick - Women's Health and Fitness magazine

Warms up your body, engages core and lifts butt

HOW: Begin in a downward dog position. Slowly and with control, lift your right leg up towards the sky, keeping your shoulders square and both hands firmly planted on the ground. Engage that butt! Lower your leg and repeat 10 times before alternating sides.

Move 2

Butt lifter & arm cincher

Tone It Up Girls - Home workout - move 2 - Women's Health and Fitness Magazine

Tones arms and butt and tightens core
HOW: Begin in a high plank position, drawing a straight line from your shoulders to your knees. Lift your left leg up as you lower your right knee to the ground. Next, perform a tricep push-up by kissing your elbows to your waistline.

Complete 10 reps as you keep your left leg up and lifted. Repeat on the other side.

Heat wave

Tone It Up Girls - Home Workout - Move 3 - Women's Health and Fitness Magazine

Targets butt and core

HOW: Begin in a standard bridge position, on your back with feet directly below your knees. Keep you butt up, pressing up through the front of your hips. Keep your abs tight and butt engaged as you rotate your hips from side to side. Repeat 20 times.

 

Photography: Ashley Streff.

Words: Katrina Hodgson and Karena Dawn

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Resistance band bent over row

Resistance band bent over row Focus on your back muscles with this bent over row workout.Targets: Lats, Rear Delts, Erector SpinaePerks: Builds a strong, toned back and reinforces proper hip flexion. The bent-over row requires flexion at the hips and not the waist. This is often a strange and difficult position to get into for a beginner, but with practice and constant form checks the position will become second nature.

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