Resistance band upright row Target your delts, biceps and traps with this upright row. All you need is a resistance band.Perks: Sculpts shapely shoulders.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.Check out these top 14 exercises for toned arms.
Give your whole body a strength and cardio workout in one with Ashley Azevedo’s resistance band workout.The workoutCircuit 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 doConsider 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
Get sculpted with this exclusive gym free circuit by the Tone It Up Girls. All you need is your yoga or exercise mat.Words: Katrina Hodgson and Karena DawnPhotography: Ashley Streff.Move 1Downward dog & butt kickWarms up your body, engages core and lifts buttHOW: 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!
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.