Stand with your feet hip-width distance and parallel; softly bend both knees. Take one end of the resistance band and place it under the back of your left foot. Press your left heel firmly into the band to hold it in place.
. Lift the other end of the band up and over your head, and hold on to the band with both hands (adjust your position on the band to create your desired level of resistance). Make sure that your elbows are pointing forward and biceps are aligned with the ears. Relax the shoulders down the back and pull the abdominal muscles in
Lift the hands upward toward the ceiling until arms are almost straight or until you feel the triceps muscles engage (important to avoid fully extending the arms and locking out or hyperextending the elbows; keep a slight bend to the elbows).
Bend the elbows lowering hands downward behind your head until wrists are in line with your elbows. Engage the triceps to re-straighten the arms back over your head. Be mindful to keep the shoulders drawing down and away from the ears as you move the arms. Repeat 10 times. For an added challenge, you can add on the next two exercise variations. Variation 1: Slow down the movement by lowering the hands down for 2 counts and then lifting hands up over the head for 2 counts. Repeat 10 times. Variation 2: Hold the hands over the head (until arms are almost straight) and then bend the elbows, lowering hands behind your head just an inch and then lift the arms back up an inch. This small and controlled movement will deepen the muscle contraction. Repeat 10 times.
Strong inner thighs are important for providing support and stability to the hips and the knees joints. I love this exercise because it allows for isolating and strengthen the inner thigh muscles without the added weight of a standing exercise which may put extra strain on the hips and/or low-back. If you do have any injuries, strains or weaknesses ( hips, knees, low back) this is a great option for a modification for thigh work. This move can also be done without a resistance band, just focusing on engaging (moving) the inner thigh muscles.Read More
This exercise is designed to tone, strengthen and create definition to the backs of the arm. If you do not have a resistance band you can use a towel.Read More
The chair pose why we love to hate it.
Chair pose sculpts and tones the quadriceps, creates that barre “burn” and works the thighs like no other move. Most barre enthusiasts love it even though it is challenging. Thankfully, it is quick and typically in class to only spend 1-2 minutes in chair. Chair pose in barre can feel very intense and fatigues muscles quickly. Completing just two minutes in chair can feel like a huge accomplishment. It is a vigorous exercise, so it is important to be patient as you build up to staying in the position for the full two minutes .Read More