Since starting Crossfit has brought to light that I have several areas on my body that are weak and need strengthening. One way that I have started to do that is with resistance bands. They are inexpensive, easy to use and mobile. These 5 Resistance Band Exercises for Your Upper Body will tone and tighten your arms, shoulders and back.
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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.
Pull Downs (15-20)
Hold the band taught, overhead, with both arms straight. Then pull the band out until its in front of your chest. Hold for one second, then slowly bring back overhead. Keep your shoulders dropped and squeeze your lats (outside back muscles) while you’re doing the move.
Upper Back Strengthener (15-20)
Hold the band taught, with both hands, straight out in front of your chest. Pull the band apart equally until both arms are out by your side like a cross. Hold for one second, then slowly release.
Side Bends (20, each side)
With your feet hip-width apart, hold the band overhead. Stretch your hip out to the side until you feel a stretch in your obliques (your side stomach muscles). Draw your navel towards your spine and pulse slowly, working in the range of motion that engages the obliques the most.
Bent Over Back Row (20)
Lean over with a flat back and slightly bent knees. Step on the band, with a wide step, and grab the band with a wide grip. Row the band up towards your chest while squeezing your shoulder blades together. Hold for a second, then slowly release.
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