No time for a reformer class? No problem. With the help of a resistance band, you can recreate the full-body benefits in the comfort of your home. These five moves focus on your arms, legs, and butt all while strengthening your core of course. Learn the convenient and wildly effective routine in the video below.
Here’s to recreating your favorite reformer workout on a yoga mat.
Serve the Platter
Hug a Tree
Arm Assisted Crunches
*Repeat this circuit up to five times
What you need:
The Move: Serve the Platter
How to: Wrap the band behind your back right underneath your shoulder blades. While holding onto the band with your hands palms up, you’ll press your arms forward and back maintaining the tension throughout.
The Move: Hug a Tree
How to: Keep the band in the same place as Serve the Platter, but now face your palms in. Pretend you’re hugging a tree and slowly resist the tension back. Try to keep your elbows from going behind your back.
The Move: Newspaper
How to: Holding the band in front of your body with your elbows pinned in toward your waist, palms up, press the band apart while squeezing your shoulder blades.
The Move: Arm Assisted Crunches
How to: Place the band behind the head. Holding onto the ends with tension, lift your arms straight up. Hold your legs in tabletop position and lift up into your crunch as you press your palms to the mat. Option to extend the legs as you crunch.
The Move: Side-Line Sweeps
How to: Lying on your left side, with your shoulders and hips stacked, knees bent, place the band around the right arch of your foot. While holding onto the ends of the band with your left hand, you’ll sweep your right leg straight forward and back. Follow the sweeps with donkey kicks, bending the knee in and out for that extra burn. Repeat on the other leg.
Celebrity Pilates instructor, Amanda Kassar, is known for her transformative, low-impact exercise classes that sculpt the body and renew the mind. Kassar’s challenging and focused Reformer classes have amassed a loyal following at her private Los Angeles-based studio, Pilates by Amanda. Kassar created her fitness platform, Core Club, offering a wide range of mat-based Pilates classes you can do from anywhere. From introductory classes designed to teach you the moves to more advanced classes utilizing a variety of props, Core Club has something for everyone, even pre- and postnatal options.
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