Using Resistance Bands In Stomach Exercises

Resistance bands can improve the results of any exercise routine, to include abdominal ones. Some abdominal exercises make use of resistance bands. Resistance bands are of different levels of challenge, green being the easiest one and red being the hardest one. You should never start with more you can feel adequately comfortable with; there is always room to move up later if necessary.

Make sure you consult your doctor before using a resistance band, and you warm up before exercising. Crunches from a sitting position This exercise provides the same benefits as the basic abdominal crunch, but with less neck strain and without the possible discomfort that comes with lying on the floor, since it uses a band rather than gravity to provide resistance. You must start sitting straight on a chair which you should be able to loop your hand through.

Bend slowly forward until you are at a 45 degree angle. Repeat this exercise for a full set. Your feet must be firm on the floor and your back completely straight. One-Arm Band Pull Put the chair away and stand up, again with feet hip width apart. Put your hands above your head, holding the band about eighteen inches apart. Keep the left arm raised above your head and lower the other to the side while keeping your elbow at a ninety degree angle. Hold your left arm still as you contract your abdominals and lower your right arm until your hand is in line with your chest. Maintain this position for a few seconds, then go back to the initial position.

After completing one full set, repeat with the other side. Maintain your back straight at all times and don’t bend at the waist. For an additional challenge, do this exercise standing on one foot. Perform the exercise with both hands while standing on your left foot, then do it all again on your right foot. Twisting Roll-Back Sitting on a flat surface for this exercise is a must. Using a mat or a towel will ease the pressure on your tailbone. Bend your legs keeping your heels on the floor. Your toes need to point upward and your feet cannot be flat on the floor. Place the band around your feet and keep one end in each hand, keeping your hands together. In a rolling motion, lower your torso toward the floor about forty-five degrees.

While you do this, twist toward the right and spread your hands. Keep in position for a few seconds and then go back to your initial position. Keep your heels on the floor the whole time. Do a full set, then switch to the left side.

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