Get a killer upper body workout with resistance bands

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Learn how to use resistance bands to get a killer upper body workout. (KTRK)

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Elastic resistance bands with handles have been an exercise must-have for some time, and they are incredibly effective. In fact, I work out with them at home, which is why I loved learning these exercises from Jack Owens at Dynamic Fitness in Pearland.

For all of these exercises, find a pole, rail or another sturdy surface and loop the band around until secure and with even resistance on each side.

  1. Floor Bridge Curls - Lie on your back facing the base for the bands with a handle in each hand. Lift lower body into a bridge, and squeeze glutes. Hold the bridge and do bicep curls with bands.
  2. Kneeling Chest Press - Facing away from the base where the bands are secured, put a handle in each hand. Kneel down, and perform a chest press.
  3. Squat Row - Facing where the band is secured, hold the band handles in each hand. Squat down, hold the squat, pull the bands back into a row, and stand up.
  4. Shoulder Press - Stagger legs so one is in front of the other, facing away from where the band is secured. With a handle in each hand, bring hands up to shoulders, and press hands up at a diagonal and back down to shoulders.
  5. Single Leg Lunges to Balance - Face where the band is secured with a band handle in each hand. Start with legs together, and bring one leg back into a lunge. As you come up, bring leg into a high knee to balance, and bring back down.

If you're interested in personal training, you can reach Jack at or 832-800-1859.

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