“Research shows that resistance training involving these bands will strengthen and tone muscles and even increase bone mass,” said Whitmore, who has served as one of Spectrum’s top trainers since 2003. “Because they are so portable, inexpensive and versatile, resistance bands are ideal for those who are away from their gym of choice.”
Whitmore offers these basic resistance band exercises:
· Shoulder Abduction-- Stand on the center of the band and grab of either end with your hands. Raise your arms out to your side then upward and over your head. Slowly return to starting position and repeat.
· Chest Press—Wrap the band around a sturdy object behind you at chest level. Begin with the elbows bent to 90 degrees, forearms parallel to the floor. Keep the right arm stationary and press the left arm out. Bring the left arm back and then press forward with the right arm. Continue alternating arms on each side.
· Bicep Curl—Stand on the band and grasp either end with palms facing out. Keeping abs in and knees slightly bent, bend arms and bring palms toward shoulders in a bicep curl. Position feet wider for more tension.
· Standing Hip Abduction—Tie the band around your ankles in a loop. Raise your leg out to the side as high as you can while contracting your butt and hip muscles.
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