It’s hard to believe there was ever a time we didn’t use a good old miniband! These little rubber loops are everywhere these days, especially on social media and in home workout programming. They’re perfect for mamas working out at home: inexpensive, easy to stash anywhere and easier to manage around little ones than heavy dumbbells or big pieces of equipment. Here’s how to use them!
How to use a mini-band
There are two main ways to use a mini-band loop.
1️⃣ As a guide for better muscle activation and joint alignment. Example: the mini-band is worn on the shins or thighs to guide the knees outwardly with a bit of resistance, helping you connect to your glutes and align your knees and hips optimally.
2️⃣ As a form of resistance while pulling the ends apart with the upper or lower body. Example: holding the band overhead and pulling down in a “lat pull-down” movement to strengthen the mid- to upper-back.
Which mini-bands should I get?
Pictured here, these Yogi Bands are Canadian-made, woman-owned and come in five tension levels so you can get all the variety that makes mini-bands so fun.
Whichever brand you choose, get a set that offers at least 3-5 levels of resistance. The amount of force you can handle on your big glutei muscles in a squat will be very different from what you will need for your shoulders or wrists, for example.
How do I know which mini-band to use?
Let me break it down for you right here, in this 30-second video. ? (Scroll down below to snag a quick mini-band workout you can try after you’re done learning!)
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Beginner Mini-Band Tutorial
BONUS: Try this mini-band workout
Save this quick weekend workout to start getting strong with those mini-bands at home. These are some of our fave moves at Belly Bootcamp!
? Try 8-15 reps of each exercise in a circuit for 2-3 rounds total. Or do a few sets of each exercise with rest between as needed.
Check out the full description with demonstration videos here.
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