Weights aren’t the only way to get sculpted: Resistance bands are powerful (and portable) tools for strength training anywhere. These low-tech, lightweight fitness props are perfect for at-home workouts or tossing into your suitcase.
Do 20 reps of each move, with a light-resistance looped band. Do 4 to 5 sets, 3 times a week.
1. Squat & Press
Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, band under middle of feet. Hold band with palms up at chest level so band forms a rectangle between hands and feet. Keeping weight on heels, lower into a squat until thighs are parallel to floor. Stand and thrust arms overhead. Return to start.
2. Band Push-Up
3. Bent-Over Row
Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, band under middle of feet, knees soft. Hinge forward, keeping back flat, and grab band on both sides at knee level. Hold elbows close to body as you pull hands to chest, squeezing shoulder blades at top of each row. Return to start.
4. Core Twist
Securely loop one end of band around a door handle, the other around your hands. Stand a few feet from door with left side facing it so band is taut. Extend arms in front of you, palms together. Engaging abs, rotate upper body 45 degrees toward door, lessening tension. Twist back to start. Do reps. Switch sides; repeat.