Happy Workout Wednesday! Last month, we promised we would bring you guys an upper body band workout to compliment our Lower Body Band Workout. This is us delivering on that promise! It’s officially two weeks until spring (aka tank top and bikini season) so it’s time to get those arms and abs ready!
Just as a reminder, we use these bands, but there are tons of great options out there! You can also find them from Amazon, Target, Walmart, etc.
To start, complete 15-20 reps of each exercise. If you are feeling up to it, complete an extra round or two to really feel the pump!
Start seated with your legs straight and in front of you. Hook the band around your toes. Hold the band with both hands, palms up. Bring your elbows to your torso with your forearms parallel to the floor. This is the starting position. Carefully curl your biceps bringing your hands close to your chest. Pause for one second and slowly release your arms back to the starting position. This is one repetition (rep).
Start standing up. Extend your arms in front of you, perpendicular to the floor. Loop the band around your hands. Press your hands back, sending your arms in opposite directions by engaging your shoulders. Return to the starting position. This is one rep.
Start laying on the ground. Bring your arms and legs perpendicular to the floor. Loop the bands around your hands, creating tension in the band. Keeping your neck long, lift your shoulders off the ground, engaging your core. Try to reach for your toes. Pause for one second and lower back to the ground. This is one rep.
Bent Over Row
Start standing up. Slide the band under your toes, securing one end of the band around your toes and the other in your hands. Hinge at the hips, lowering your chest and creating a 45 degree angle with your back. Your arm should be perpendicular to the floor (straight down). We like to have our hands in an underhand position. Keeping your arms close to your body, bend your arms and pull your elbows to your torso. Slowly release. This is one rep.
Single Arm Row
Start seated with your legs straight and in front of you. Hook the band around your flexed toes. Hold the band with your right hand, palm down. Your arm should be extended in front of your body. Bring your right elbow into your body and pause for one second. As we pull in, we rotate our palm to face inward. Slowly bring your arm back to the starting position. This is one rep.
Curl to Press
Start standing up with your arms straight, close to your legs. Loop the band around both hands. This is the starting position. Keeping tension on the loop, curl your biceps, bringing your hands close to your shoulders. Extend your hands directly over your head, while continuing to keep tension on band. Bring your arms back to the starting position by reversing the steps above. This is one rep.
Start seated with your legs bent and heels on the floor. Extend your arms in front of your body, bringing them perpendicular to the floor. Loop the band around both hands. This is the starting position. Twist your torso and bring your arms to the right side. Your right hand should almost reach the ground. Return to the starting position. Complete on the left side. This is one rep. For additional difficulty, lift your heels off the ground.
We hope you enjoy this burner of workout! If you give it a try, snap a picture and tag us (@thehealthypeaches) or use our fitness hashtag (#THPfit)!
xoxo, Kell & Kels