Resistance Band Ab Workout
When you use resistance bands for your ab workouts you will be able to strengthen your core. This means your obliques, abs and deeper muscles of your core. After a while, you will improve your pelvic stability through these resistance band exercises and they will also help to make your lumbar spine stable.
We recommend that you incorporate a number of different resistance band ab exercises into your current workouts. Improving your core strength is very important as it will increase your overall strength and help you to reduce lower back pain and increase your resilience to injury when performing other exercises, playing sports and in your day to day activities.
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Resistance Bands Abs
If you want to take your ab exercises to the next level then using resistance bands is the way to do it. There are numerous benefits from using resistance bands in your workouts. It is really easy for you to use resistance bands at home and take them with you wherever you go.
When you start to use resistance bands in your ab exercises it will help you to build muscle, increase the intensity of the exercises and create definition for your abs. You can purchase resistance bands for a very reasonable price and they are a lot cheaper, and more convenient, than dumbbells for example.
You can easily add variation to your ab exercises with resistance bands. This is achieved by using resistance bands of different tensions so that you can make the progress that you want with your body weight exercises. Here we will take a look at some of the resistance band ab exercises that you can perform to achieve great results.
Resistance Band Push Up
The push up is a classic exercise which uses body weight and will use a wide range of your muscles including your abs and core, shoulders, arms, chest and back. When you add a resistance band to your pushups you will definitely scale up your results due to the increased resistance.
It is best to use a resistance loop band for this exercise. Choose the resistance band that you want to work with and then place it under your arms and around your back (putting the band under your arms will decrease the likelihood of chafing).
Now you need to adopt the starting position by placing the palms of your hands at just over shoulder width on to the floor. Your palms need to be below your shoulders and fully extended. Then lower yourself so that your chest almost makes contact with the floor. Gently press back up so you get to the starting position with fully extended arms.
It is essential that you keep your head and body straight when you are performing resistance band push ups. When you wrap the band around your back it is a good idea to create an “X” so that the band is less likely to slip. Start with 8 to 10 reps and then increase this number as you build more strength. You can also use a higher tension band for increased resistance.
Resistance Band Ab Workout for Beginners
You have a great deal of choice when it comes to resistance band ab workouts and over time you can incorporate a lot of these into your workouts. But when you are just starting out with resistance band ab exercises it is important that you choose the right ones.
So, here we have two beginner resistance band ab exercises we recommend that you start with. We have chosen these specific exercises because when you do them correctly you will not move your core:
Flutter Kicks with Resistance Band
With flutter kicks using a resistance band you will target your upper and lower abs, your deep transverse abs and your hips. The first step is to place your resistance band around your shins / calves. Position the band so it is around 6 inches above your ankles.
You need to lie flat and then engage your core by pushing your lower back into the mat you are lying on. Place your hands by your sides. When you are first starting with this exercise you should rest your head on the mat. To increase the engagement of your abs you can lift your shoulders and neck off the mat.
Now extend your legs in the air making sure to keep the tension in the band. Lower one of your legs while raising the other towards your head. You want to gradually stretch the band apart here. Repeat using the other leg to move towards your head and lowering the other.
Bear Crawl Kick Backs with a Resistance Band
This is a great all-round exercise that will target your ab muscles as well as your glutes and shoulder muscles. To start this exercise, you will need to position the band around the bottom of your feet. Get yourself into a table top position which means being on all fours with your hips over your knees and your shoulders over your wrists.
Now lift your knees off of the mat and ensure your toes are tucked under. This will put you in a bear crawl position which engages your abs. Alternate the extending of your left leg and then your right leg directly behind you using a gentle kicking action.
Ab Workouts for Resistance Bands with Handles
There are resistance bands with handles and loop resistance bands. We recommend that you have a set of both of these. Here are some of the best ab exercises that you can perform using resistance bands with handles:
- Resisted ab roll (lying)
- The high low side wood chop
- Bicycle kicks (put each foot through the handles)
- The push-through crunch
- The high-low front wood chop
- The standing ab twist
- The kneeling ab crunch
All of these ab exercises for resistance bands with handles will help you to build muscle and burn fat simultaneously. The more you are able to perform continuous intense repetitions of these exercises the better results you will achieve.
Ab Workouts with Resistance Loop Bands
By performing ab exercises with resistance loop bands, you will build your core muscles get yourself ripped in the fastest possible time. There are many exercises for your abs you can choose from that use resistance loop bands and here are some of those that we like the best:
- The bicycle crunch
- The deadlift
- The plank shuffle
- The vertical scissors
- The lying leg raise
- The oblique crunch
- The mountain climber
When you perform these ab exercises with resistance loop bands correctly you will engage all of the muscles of your core to work in unison. This will result in increased core strength and work wonders for your abs during resistance training.
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