Whether you’re traveling for the holidays, always on-the-go or simply looking for a convenient workout, the resistance band is an awesome tool. Small enough to easily slip in your bag and cost effective, resistance bands don’t rely on gravity to provide resistance like dumbbells do, meaning that you can complete more functional movements across different planes of movement to challenge your body in a different way. Sound good? Try these top moves from the Booya library which incorporate multiple muscle groups into a single exercise to burn even more calories.
Plie Squat with Triceps Press
Engage your inner thighs by holding a plie squat while toning up your triceps using the resistance band! Begin in a wide stance, toes turned out as your lower your body towards the floor and lift the band overhead, keeping your hands wide. Side bend, letting your bottom arm drop as an anchor and then bend your top elbow and then press to perform a triceps press. Repeat on the other side.
The ladies of Chaise are true inventors. With a patented design on a chair and overhead bungee system, mother-daughter co-founders Lauren & Rachel combine elements of Pilates, ballet and aerobics for a workout that creates long, lean muscles. ChaiseFitness is one of the most popular group fitness classes in New York City, with a price tag of a whopping $39 per session.
When I first experienced Chaise, I definitely felt out of my comfort zone because the workout requires a lot of balance and grace (my height makes me somewhat of an awkward mover). Despite being a low-impact workout, sweat poured off of me thanks to the continuous hold and pulse sequences. Clearly one of the most innovative workouts in the market (check out their press to see for yourself), I wanted to find a way to feature the studio’s core principles and derive a workout suitable for the at-home or on-the-go user.
Rachel and Lauren had experience in designing workouts for personal clients, so coming up with Booya videos was a piece of cake for them. Utilizing a theraband to simulate the overhead bungee system, they were able to choreograph two workouts: ChaiseSculpt and Flex & Flow. As a former dancer, Rachel curated a great soundtrack and the movements are perfectly in sync with the music, making you feel like you’re in a real class.