Single Leg Circles--lie down and lace the band around your right foot, do single leg circles 8 in each direction. Hamstring Extensions–next, lower and lift the leg straight up and down 10 times. Hamstring and Inner/Outer Thigh Stretch–then, stretch the leg forward and to each side (open right for inner thigh, cross to the left for outer thigh and IT band). Repeat on the left leg. Hundreds–take the band underneath your legs, placing the hands closely and pulling out on the band as you pump the arms up and down 5 times on an inhale, 5 times on an exhale. Repeat 10 times for the 100’s. Roll Up–holding the band overhead with your hands close (shoulder width or a bit closer) pulling out on the band, and legs long. Slowly roll up and curl over and slowly roll down repeat 5-8 times. Pull Outs–Stay upright, keep your spine tall and arms overhead, then pull out on the band 20 times. Side Lying Kicks–lie sideways, loop band around the top foot, and lift and lower the leg 15-20 times. Side Lying Donkey Kicks–next, push in and out with the foot 15-20 times. Outer Hip and Butt Burner–then, turn toes to the floor and push up with the heel pulsing up 20 times. Repeat with the left leg. Kneeling Donkey Kicks–Come to all fours with the band around one foot holding ends of the band down with your hands. Push your leg straight back and bend the knee in 15-20 times. Kneeling Straight Leg Lifts–next, lift and lower the straight leg 15-20 times. Repeat with the left leg. Remove the band, do a downward dog and a few cycles of chaturanga, updog, down dog. Walk to the front of the mat, roll up slowly and you’re done!
I work with an amazing young actress who is one of the stars in Game of Thrones on HBO. She left NYC recently and is on her way to start shooting season 4 of the hit series in places such as Croatia and Belfast. She asked me to design her a workout routine she can do while she’s traveling and filming. I always recommend my clients bring a theraband with them wherever they go.
Therabands are super lightweight, take up no space, and are easy to pack. You can also get an incredible, effective and efficient workout with one; as well as use it to stretch. I shot these pics 3.5 weeks after having baby Timothy. These exercises are also a great way for new moms to get back in shape; and they can be done quickly while baby is napping.
One Arm Triceps Extension–take one end if the band behind your back, hold the other end above your head with your elbow bent back. Extend the arm to the ceiling and back to start for triceps extensions. Repeat 15-20 reps. (I like to do this seated cross legged.)
*Repeat entire arm sequence, performing 2-3 sets if you have time.