Have a mini stretchy band lying around? Need a really quick strength workout using it? Read on! Do all exercises for 90 seconds, and then move on. Total workout time: 7.5 minutes….. GO!
First we have speed skaters…jumping side to side with your mini band around your ankles. Drive through your heels, and see if you can get your glutes to work equally as you move.
Here is the seated row with the band around your feet. Pull back using your lower shoulder blades and keep the upper shoulder area relaxed if possible.
Full sit up with the mini band around your knees. Press out on the band, start with your arms over your head, and come all the way up. Your abdominals will do the first 30 degrees, and then your hip flexors finish it up.
Bicep curls with squats. Press out with your wrists on the mini band, and bring your hands up towards your shoulders as you drop down into a squat.
Now split your feet into a nice, big lunge. Put the band on one wrist, take that wrist behind you, and then slide the other hand in. Extend the arms behind you and feel the backs of the upper arms while you hold that lunge. Switch feet halfway if you’d like to make sure both hips get some lunge love!
Here is the action video if you’d like to watch my friend Jayda demonstrate each exercise with some coaching.
Have fun, Happy Earth Day, and get moving! No excuses!!