Resistance loop band ab exercises – Easy and Effective! Check out the new blog post and start incorporating these exercises into your abs workout routine.
Abs. Does it ever feel like a constant battle of crunches, bicycle kicks, and those, dreaded planks?
If you’re like me, you probably hate working on your core, mostly because of the traumatising flashbacks you get of high school P.E. where you were forced to plank for as long as possible, and there was always that one kid who could hold it for like ten minutes, while everyone else was dying…and it most certainly wasn’t you! You’re probably looking for some change then, a way to escape the monotonous workout routine you’re stuck in, the one that leaves you reeling from the bad memories.
Well, do I have good news for you!
You’ve come to just the right place, and it’s time now, for you to say thanks for the memories, plank, but so long, I’ve got resistance bands now!
That’s right, we’re taking resistance bands to the abs!
As we’ve talked about before, resistance bands can be used for just about any type of workout, where bodyweight exercises are concerned. Using bands will take any of your workouts to the next level, and give you plenty of exercise variations for when things start feeling a bit monotonous and repetitive (or for when those P.E. memories begin to creep back in). Bands are so easy to keep at home or take with you on the go, making them the perfect workout buddy.
So, we’ve compiled a list for you, of seven exercises, that aren’t planks, that you can try to get those abs you’ve always dreamed of, by using your simple bodyweight, and of course, your resistance bands.
(And always remember, when it comes to using bands, choose a resistance that feels challenging, while also allowing you to maintain good form throughout every movement)
⦁ Standing Knee Tuck
Place your resistance band around the middle of your feet, and stand with your feet hip-width apart. Raise your arms and place your hands behind your ears. While you lift your left knee towards your chest, crunch your right elbow down towards it. Remember to keep your shoulders firm, don’t round them, and collapse in on yourself, hold your core nice and firm! Return to your starting position and repeat on the other side. Continue alternating for 10 reps, rest, and then repeat.
⦁ Bicycle Crunch
Begin with your resistance band around your feet, as you did with the knee tuck, but this time, do it sitting down. Bend your knees slightly, but keep your heels resting on the floor. Hold your hands to your ears, and lean back until your core engages (for most people, around a forty-five-degree angle). Bring your right elbow to your left knee as you straighten out your right leg, making sure to rotate at the waist and use your core. Twist back, and continue through, to bring your left elbow to your right knee. Continue to alternate. Each set of right and left is generally considered one rep. Do 20 reps, rest, and then repeat!
⦁ Spiderman Push Up
Once again, you’re going to put your resistance band around your feet, but this time, begin in a push-up position, with your wrists directly under your shoulders, and make sure that core is engaged! Draw your right knee up to touch your right elbow, drawing the resistance band with you. For an added challenger (and a bit of an arm workout), try to complete a full push-up as you move your legs as well. Return to your starting position, and repeat on the other side. Complete 10 reps on both sides, rest, then repeat.
⦁ Standing Oblique Crunches
This one will have you wrapping your band around your wrists. Begin by standing in a turned out plie (like in ballet) and raise your arms above your head. Squat down into your plie, and hold about halfway down. Don’t over challenger yourself to go lower, remember this isn’t a glute or quad exercise. When you’re in position, bend your body to the right and then bring it back to the starting position. Repeat on the right five times, and then repeat on the left five times. Rest, and then repeat, and feel that core burn!
⦁ Hollow Body Roll
This one will probably feel very weird, and will definitely look weird, but trust us, it’s fantastic for getting that core toned up!
Lie on the ground, across a mat for comfort, with your arms stretched out above your head, the resistance band looped around your wrists. Keep your shoulders and legs off the ground, just a little bit, and then use your core to roll your body across the mat. Make sure you keep your arms straight, your biceps close to your ears and your core engaged. When you reach the end of the mat, roll back in the opposite direction to return to your starting position. Complete this ten times, and then rest and repeat.
⦁ Unilateral Squat
Did you think you were going to get out of this squat free?
Of course not! Everybody loves a good squat, and it’s not just for the glutes when you do it right!
For this, you will need a long loop resistance band, which you will have lopped under the ball of your left foot and around your left wrist. Stand with your feet hip-width apart and extend the arms straight out in front of you. Keeping your chest lifted, sit back into a squat, making sure to use your hips and core to move. Return to the starting position (this is where you’ll feel the core burn), and then repeat. Once you’ve completed ten reps on one side, switch over and complete the other side.
⦁ T-Shoulder Raise
Hold a short resistance band in both hands in front of your thighs and stand with your feet hip-width apart. Lift your arms up in front of you, stopping at about shoulder height. Then, extend your arms out to the side, to form what should look like a ‘T.’ Make sure you’re not arching your back, or collapsing in on yourself, keep your core engages and your chest up. Return to your starting position and then repeat.
And there you have it, seven resistance band core exercises, that certainly don’t involve those awful planks!