Ariane Hundt, the nutritionist-trainer-founder of Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp, and the immersive Slim & Strong program, is a “superfan of resistance bands” because she’s seen how effective they can be “trimming inches off” her clients’ waists.
Even though she loves weights, “you create muscle confusion much faster with resistance bands,” Hundt says, “because your muscles are always working at different intensity levels.” They also target areas that are hard to reach at the gym, like that muscle on the side of your butt (thank you, Baywatch swimsuit) and love handles, she says.
The real magic of resistance bands? It’s simply the fact that you can use them anywhere. “If you have something that challenges your body right where you are, then you have no excuse not to work out,” she says.
See Hundt’s nine head-to-toe strengthening, sweat-producing band exercises…. —Molly Gallagher
(All photos: Stefan Grey)
The nine moves will only eat up about 7 minutes of your time and still be a super-effective workout, Hundt says. “Or you could add a cardio move between each one, like 50 jumping jacks or 50 mountain climbers—and then it’s like a mini bootcamp, which would be more ideal.”
1. Upright Row (15-20 reps)
Step on both sides of the band, gently bent your knees, and hold both ends of the band. Pull the band towards your chin with your elbows pulling towards the ceiling (or sky!). Hold for one second and then slowly release.
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