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The pros spill their tricks for maxing out your results with this minimalist piece
Because mini bands add resistance without adding weight, you can use several at a time. “Any move becomes infinitely harder when you challenge the upper and lower body together,” says Gaddour. Try looping one band around your wrists and one just above or below your knees (or ankles) for bear crawls (walking on all fours) and bird dogs (extending opposite arm and leg from tabletop position).
When you do lateral work, namely lateral band walks, place your feet at least shoulderwidth apart, or as wide as you need to keep the band taut. “People often bring their feet together between walks, but that not only causes the band to fall down, it also takes tension off the glutes, which cheats the effect,” explains Bruno.
Go light for speed
For explosive exercises, like jumping jacks or plank jacks, use a light- tension band around your ankles. “The goal isn’t to add so much resistance that you limit your range of motion,” says Gaddour. “You just want enough of a challenge that you get tired in half the number of reps.” The ankle placement, by the way, helps the band stay in position during quick movements.