Fitness Tip: The Band Video

NASM Certified Personal Trainer Kristen Kennedy shows us several exercises you can do with confidence.
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If you see these around your gym, don't let them scare you. They can be used for a ton of things. First, I'm going to start with this band. You can do a lot of things with this. One thing, step on it. When you're stepping on this band, there are a lot of things that you can do with that. First, make sure that it's tucked under the arch of your foot, if it's under this part, it's just going to flare up and it's not going to fun sight. That's when you should be scared of this band. What you need to do is place it right under the arch to make sure it's tucked under, all of that weight is put in that leg. You're going to stand up tall. Let's start with bicep curls. It sounds like a good idea. So fist up and you're going to curl up and down. Now when you see these bands in the gym you may see different colors, which means there is different resistance. It could be a beginner's level, medium, to expert. So you kind of need to check them out, maybe ask somebody behind the front desk to see which one's the hardest, which one's the easiest to start you out with. So we got bicep curls. If you want to work your shoulders, just pull it up and down; you got upright rows, starting right there, pretty much on the top of the shoulders. Then as well, you got the sideways. That's a little bit tougher, because you have a much wider range of motion through that area. So you have that as well. Now you can do two things at once with this band which is fun. You just again keep that band right where it's tucked, you're going to take that foot back into a lunge and you lunge down and then you bring it up. Push and up, so you can work the shoulders as well as the legs. Again, same thing with the sideways and same thing with the bicep curl. See this band's great. You can use it for a ton of things plus more. So that's good with that band. I'm going to take it to this band. Now you'll see a lot of varieties of this band as long as it's a circle, again checking the resistance. Maybe the front desk person will know from easy to hard, but this one's pretty much, it's an easy band. So if you, if that's the only option you have and you want to make it a little bit harder, just twist it like so and then I'm going to ask you to put it under your feet. Now you'll notice some people go put it around their ankles and it kind of cuts into your ankles. So I really like this option of placing it right under your arches for having that good support. Now I'm going to take it to a lateral squat. So you can take it here, squat and then in. So you just basically walk down the side of the room and in, you're focusing on the glutes, you're focusing on the hips. So a lot of us who want to focus on that area right here, all you have to do is take it side-to-side and you'll feel it resisting, working through those hips. I love this. You really don't need to be scared of it. Once you get into the gym the next day, find one of these babies, work with it, you'll get a great workout.

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