The band takes no prisoners and whilst you might absolutely hate it during your 55 minute Signature, or worse, your 45m minute Express, it is doing you the power of good. Resistance bands can be used to make a full body workout that bit more challenging.
Instructor, Natalie, has told us why adding the band increases your output and how you can incorporate it into any exercise.
Firstly, they’re lightweight and easy to screw up at the bottom of your bag, meaning that you can use them to workout anywhere, even when you’re on holiday. No excuses!
Resistance bands can be used to make a full body workout that bit more challenging. Name an exercise and you can no doubt add a band to up the intensity, whether it's your arms, back body, thighs, glutes or abs.
The more your muscles have to work and the stronger the resistance, the quicker you’ll sculpt and tone them. Whilst you can always create your own resistance, adding the band helps maximise the effort of each exercise.
Bands add variety, your body quickly gets used to exercises that you do frequently, by adding a band you’re changing your workout slightly, confusing your muscles and challenging them further. For example, we often do lunges in class, adding a resistance band changes the exercise just slightly so you'll benefit even more.
You can combine the band with other equipment, such as weights, allowing you to get the benefits of two types of exercises at the same time. For example, when in the clam shell position you can use the resistance band to work your thighs and weights to work your arms simultaneously.
Lastly, training with a resistance band can improve your stamina, flexibility and your range of motion. What more could you want?!
So next time you your instructor tells you to grab a band and you internally roll your eyes, think of this very blog post and all the benefits you’re going to reap from upping the intensity. After all, is it only 55 minutes.
Creating your own personalised playlists on Barrecore is easy - to start, simply find a video you like, then click the button that looks like this:
You can name your playlist, add as many videos as you'd like to it, and remove/reorder the videos in your playlist to suit your training needs.
To remove a video from a playlist, simply click the 'x' on the video in the playlist view that you no longer want to watch, and confirm to remove.
To re-order it, just click the left '<' and right '>' arrows of the video in the playlist, to swap it with the video next to it.
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