By Anna Redman
Photos Of Meaghan Terzis By James Patrick
Keep your head in the fitness game with this anywhere, anytime routine. Whether you’re heading out of town, can’t face another overcrowded gym, or just need a new way to tone your body, this routine is for you. “Resistance bands are so simple to use,” notes Samantha Montpetit-Huynh, founder of Core Expectations and co-founder of Bellies Inc. These flexible bands make for flexible workouts, and you can easily customize routines for all fitness levels and time commitments. “The easier it is for someone to add something into their lives, the more likely they are to stick with it,” she advises. Added bonus: this workout calls for a slow-and-steady approach, giving you a much-needed break from the overzealous vigour of CrossFit.
Just because a steady stream of sweat and a ramped-up heart rate aren’t essential ingredients doesn’t mean that this routine is any less trying. “Although resistance bands are generally safe, the exercises are harder than you think,” warns Montpetit-Huynh. “Start with a lower-resistance band first and see how you feel after one or two days. It’s important to be slow and controlled so that you avoid putting additional strain on your joints and causing injury.”
No one likes to do the same boring exercises day in and day out, and your muscles always enjoy a good guessing game, so give your routine a makeover from time to time. “Change up the order to shock the muscles and create a whole new workout,” suggests Montpetit-Huynh. Perform two to four sets of 15 to 20 reps of each exercise using one of the following workout styles.
Reverse Sets: Every other day, complete the exercises in the reverse order of what’s listed here.
Supersets: Combine exercises into groups of two and perform two to four sets of each. Pair exercises one and two, three and four, and five and six.
Expect to see results within four to six weeks.