In Pilates, a resistance band can be wrapped around the foot in order to create resistance for a number of exercises. Learn other ways to use resistance bands for exercise with help from a certified personal fitness trainer in this free video on Pilates and resistance bands.
Hi, my name is Tanya, and I'm an instructor at Gold's Gym. Want to show you a few Pilates exercises that you can do with a resistance band. Okay, so I'm taking the band, and I really like it. If I don't have shoes on, I kind of like to take the handle and wrap it around a foot, just seems a little bit safer. Alright, so I got them around the foot, coming down one vertebrae at a time. So, I'm going to take just one leg up, and the other foot on the ground. All I'm going to do, I'm going to start with these simple circles. Abs are in, so it's fairly simple, but I'll tell you what, you start making that circle a little bigger, and put your hand on the abdominals, you can feel the muscles moving all underneath your fingertips. Reverse your circle. You want to keep the upper body perfectly flat, abs pulled in, low back really pressing into the mat. And, that's a pretty great exercise. Alright, the same leg, lower, and lift. You just want to take care that that handle didn't pop off and hit you in the face. So, I'm really choking up on the resistance band, feeling that, actually, the hamstring, and that's core. I'm feeling it in the abdominals. Three more, two, and one. And, because I'm creating length, that's really going to flatten those abdominal muscles. Both legs are up, little bit more challenging because both legs are off the ground. So, you really got to push the low back into the mat. Think of imprinting your spine into the mat. And, go in for those circles. So, again, working the hips, abdominals, I'm feeling the muscles move underneath my fingertips, so cool. Belly pulled in strong. Three, two, one. And then, roll it up. And, those are just a few great things you can do with a resistance band that kind of focuses on more of the Pilates method.