Posted on July 25 2018
I love resistance bands because they're easy to take with me places if I feel like working out somewhere other than my living room and they are inexpensive and a great addition to any home gym. The good thing about resistance bands too, is they can accommodate a lot of exercises and strength training moves. You can work out any part of your body with resistance bands and they come in a variety of types, tightnesses (for more resistance, so they are customizable to your level of fitness) and colors (because, fun.). I have some virtually fit in my pocket. I've created this resistance band ab workout to be simple to follow and depending on your Fitness level, you can make it harder or easier.
T-Stretch- While this one looks easy, it can be quite a challenge to hold and if you use a band with high resistance, it can be quite an ab workout.
For this move, grab a resistance band that will give you very little stretch. You will want it to be enough to hold and bring your arms out in the shape of a ‘T’ but not be too easy. Hold your arms out for 20 seconds at a time and make sure to tighten your core when you do. Don’t forget to breathe! Do as many as you can comfortably. This move will also strengthen back and shoulders as well as arms, too.
Straight Leg Sit-Up- This is a slightly changed up version of the classic sit-up with a resistance band twist.
For this move, lie flat on your back and place a resistance band around the bottom of your feet while you grip in the middle. Put your arms over your head, and raise your legs up together. They don’t have to be straight up in the arm, but should come to a comfortable angle. Now, using your abs, pull yourself up a bit and pull the resistance band up. This move will also strengthen shoulders and arms.
Lawnmower-I love doing these because they feel great as a stretch, too.
Place a resistance band under one foot. With the arm on the same side, pull the band across your body and up making sure to tighten your core and use it instead of your back or hips to do this move. Make sure your band has enough resistance to provide a challenge. Do this 15 times for one set. Switch to the opposite hand and do it again. The motion should resemble starting a non-electric lawnmower.
Upward Reach- I like to use resistance bands with handles for this, but you can use the ones that are just a loop, too.
To do an upward reach, stand with the middle of your band under your feet about shoulder-width apart. Bend over and tighten your core. Take the ends of the band in your hand and come up while reaching above your head. The motion with resemble a curl that continues over your head. This move is great for your shoulders and triceps.
Resistance Band Reverse Sit-up- This sit-up is similar to a traditional one, except this time, you are bringing your legs up for a bit of resistance.
Loop your band around your ankles and lie flat on your back. Bring your legs up at an angle and open your ankle up to allow the band to provide resistance. Now, using your abs (not your back!) come up slightly. Hold this position rather than go up and down. I like to hold for 15-20 seconds at a time.