Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Shaping the Body with Resistance Band Pilates Exercises

When Pilates was introduced, resistance bands were not used in exercises. This modification came into practice in recent years to enhance the experience of stretching movements. These bands play a role in strengthening the core by providing resistance so that the performer generates required force to take a position.
  • Pilates exercises with bands
The right choice of bands is an important consideration before taking up Pilates exercises. However, the ribbon-like tubing band is the most likely choice since it aides in coordinated movements and improves flexibility of muscles. Resistance band exercises can help tone both the upper and the lower body. Read on for Pilates band exercises for sculpting specific body parts
  • Frog exercise for Shoulder
The performer has to lie on the back while bringing the knees towards the chest. The band has to be wrapped on the feet and the other end should go beneath you right beneath the shoulder and chest region. Balance your shoulders on the band while force is exerted to take them to a taut position. The arms placed inside the loop of the band will also be shaped in this way.
  • The hundred exercise for Back
All traditional back exercises of Pilates will gain more momentum when resistance band is used. It will provide uniform strength to the muscles of back and core. At one end, the band has to be supported with the feet while the other end will go on your back. During Pilates moves, the strain can be felt in the back and abdomen region. This exercise is performed while lying on your back and the exercise is also good for arm sculpting.
  • Pilates exercise for Abdomen
The best exercise for the lower body is cycling or paddling. Pilates band will offer the resistance of paddles and this will immensely help in building lower body posture. Most of the Pilates exercises for abs are centered around strengthening the core for correct posture. In this case, the resistance band will come in contact with the lower body.  While the performer lies on the back, the upper body must be slightly lifted from the ground and hands must be used to support the head. When the legs are switched, the upper body must rotate in the direction where you rotate. Since this exercise involves hand movement, it’s good for the biceps muscles as well. 
  • Stretches for legs
All exercises aimed for lower body can strengthen legs, thighs and pelvis region. In Pilates exercise for legs, the performer must lie on his back and one end of the band is supported by feet while keeping the legs outstretched. Try not to bend the knees and maintain the tautness of the band by pulling it with your hands. Hold your breath and count seconds in your head and continue the same exercise with the other leg. Since the legs are lifted and rotated like in paddling, it is good for legs as well pelvis region.

Pilates workout with resistance bands is an excellent exercise routine for people of all ages.

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