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Power Band Good Morning
You can do almost any exercise with a resistance band—but where do you start? The options can be overwhelming, making it more likely you’ll stick with tried-and-true-moves instead of branching out. We bet you haven’t tried this move: The power band good morning works the entire posterior chain and reinforces proper mechanics in the hips and lower back, says Baptiste. It’s also a serious booty booster that targets your hamstrings and glutes.
Do It: Stand on a circular resistance band (looks like a giant rubber band) with feet hip-width apart. Stretch the band toward the ceiling and loop it over your head and rest it along the back of your neck and upper back. (The band should form a triangle between your head and feet.) Keeping your chest up and legs straight, hinge at the hips and drive them backward (as if being pulled by your belt buckle) until your torso is parallel with the floor—or until you feel a deep stretch in your hamstrings and glutes. Keeping your weight in your heels, contract your glutes to return to start position.
Power Band Pullup
“Pullups are the ultimate upper-body exercise,” says Baptiste, “but they can be incredibly challenging for even the strongest athletes.” This band-assisted variation more accurately mimics the traditional move than does the assisted pullup machine you find in gyms.
Do It: Drape a circular resistance band over a pullup bar. Loop it through itself to secure. Place one of your feet on the resulting loop. Grab the bar with a wide overhand grip and straighten your arms. Pull your shoulder blades and elbows down to bring your chest toward the bar. Lower and repeat.
Make It Harder: Place one of your knees on the loop instead of your foot. Progress to lighter resistance bands until you can complete a pullup unassisted.