Tuesday, July 15, 2014

4 Resistance Band Moves to Torch Your Abs

1. Woodchoppers
  1. Anchor the loop or tube band under your left foot.
  2. With your right side to the support, grab the free end of the band with your arms stretched out overhead.
  3. In one smooth motion, pull the band down and across your body to the front of your knees while rotating your right hip and pivoting your back foot.
  4. Slowly return to starting position and repeat for 8-10 reps on each side.

2. Russian Twist.
  1. Sit on the floor with legs extended, wrapping the center of the band around the bottom of your feet.
  2. Hold the free ends in each hand.
  3. Slightly bend your knees, keeping your feet on the floor, and lean back at a 45-degree angle.
  4. Rotate the band right by bringing your left hand across your body and your right hand down by your right hip.
  5. Contracting your oblique muscles, bring the band toward your right hip while keeping your middle and low back neutral.
  6. Return to starting position and rotate left then right for a total of 10-12 reps on each side.

3. Kneeling Crunch
  1. Attach the band to a high anchor (such as the top of a door or cable column) and kneel down, grabbing each side of the band.
  2. Extend the elbows out at shoulder-level, engage your abdominals, and crunch down toward your hips while contracting your abs.
  3. Slowly return to starting position and repeat for 10-12 reps.

4. Reverse Crunch
  1. Anchor the band in a low mount position.
  2. Lie on your back, bending your knees to form a 90-degree angle.
  3. Wrap the band around the tops of both feet and scoot back enough to create tension the band.
  4. Abs tight and back flat, pull your knees toward your shoulders, contracting your abdominal muscles.
  5. Slowly return to starting position and repeat for 12-15 reps.

Photo Source: Fitness Magazine, Women's Health, Emilio Sparks

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