There are many types of fad workouts today and more coming out year after year. Many promise big results with little effort. The truth is, the only way you will get the body you want to work at it. You can’t get a lean, muscled body without working out, that’s just the way the body works, unless you were blessed with unusually good genes, but still, genes can only take you so far. If you want a fit, lean body, then you have to find a workout that works for your body. If you are looking for a workout that can get you lean and strong, then you should consider the Pilates band workout.
What is the Pilates band workout?
The Pilates band workout incorporates Pilates exercises with resistance exercises using a long elastic band. Some people also use the Pilates ball. This type of exercise can help engage different muscles you normally wouldn't be able to work out with normal types of exercises. It makes your workout more challenging and actually increase its effectiveness.
The problem with many types of workouts is that the body parts you use a lot – like abs, arms, buttocks, and legs – get “bored”. That is because you tend to use the same muscle fibers over and over again. However, with the Pilates band workout, you can wake up these muscles and challenge them.
Starting the Pilates Band Workout
It really doesn't take much to start out this workout. First, you need your resistance band You can choose the band depending on your level of comfort. The lighter bands have less resistance, so it is better for beginners. The great thing about these bands is that as you use them more, you can increase your workout intensity by picking up newer and tighter bands.
There are many types of exercises you can do with the resistance bands. The most basic one is the external rotations. Start by kneeling or standing in a neutral spine position. Keep your legs parallel and about hip width apart. Hold the band on either side of you with the palms up and elbows at the side. As you exhale, rotate the shoulders externally and stretch the band out horizontally. Inhale and return to the starting position.
Another great exercise is the triceps press. Sit down and stretch out your legs in front of you with the feet flexed. Wrap the band over the soles of your feet and hold either end of the band in your hands. Then, keeping your spine straight and hinged at the hip, reach your hands back, lifting the elbows and keeping your arms straight. You can also do a bicep curl in the same starting position, but rolling your lower back down to the floor or mat and bringing up your arms to a 90-degree angle and your elbows at the sides. Inhale when you extend the arms to a parallel position to the mat and exhale when you curl them back.
These are just two simple exercises you can do with the Pilates band. You can find many more that will help you get a fitter and healthier body.
About Author Andew wales is a fitness blogger providing information on topics such as how exercising, mat workout, and barre training to help with different muscle aspirations to keep you updated about the latest in the health and fitness market trends. He is family member of Pilates Sports Center, CA. His favorite qoute is "Energy & persistence conquer all things". His two kids, ages 2.5, and 7.