Q&A With Brian
Hi Brian, I recently purchased a Pilates Get Fit Fast Band. In your opinion what is the best way to use it? Thanks Wendy, Cannington (WA)
Thanks for your question.
I’m going to presume a Pilates Get Fit Fast Band is a type of Exercise Band. Exercise Bands are also known as Resistance Bands, Stretch Bands, Workout Bands or Flex Bands. Don’t get the wrong idea when I say this, but a little bit of latex goes a long way. These stretchy training tools work to build muscle mass and power by adding resistance as you pull and lift. You can also use them to increase the length of your stretch and therefore work towards improving your flexibility. I like them because they’re cheap and portable enough to pack anywhere, so you'll never have an excuse for skipping out on a session.
I’d recommend you use your Band to perform a Whole Body Routine every second day. The 7 simple Movements below target your major muscle groups, and it’s what I call my ‘Holiday Routine’. I’m on a break with my family on the Gold Coast at the moment and I packed my Resistance Band for this trip. This morning I challenged my 15 year old son James to keep up with his ‘old man’ as I ran though the routine. In hind sight this was a very silly thing to do, as although I managed to hold him off, it took me all day to recover and he spent the day swimming so I’m not sure you’d call me the ‘winner’.
Here is my Holiday Routine:
Here are the rules:
Each of the movements should be performed continuously at a high intensity for 60 seconds. Once a movement is complete move straight to next and begin. One Round of the 7 movements should take 7 minutes. On the completion of a Round, rest for 5 minutes. Begin the movements, however this time in reverse order, with Leg Squat being the first of the Round and finishing with Chest Press. In total my Holiday Routine takes me 20 minutes.
Wendy this very much depends on your present level of fitness. If you are new to exercise you will find it very difficult to continuously maintain a high intensity. Do your best to keep a pace where you are able to complete the 60 seconds. You may wish to take it slow the first few times you do this Routine to get a ‘feel’ of the movements. Be safe, and work within your limits.
I like this Routine as it takes combines the two principles of effective exercise I strongly encourage and follow.
When doing Resistance Training do movements which focus on your large, main muscle groups
High Intensity is key to improvement. The intensity at which you train is the single most important variable (in my opinion) to achieving the results you deserve from exercise. Fat loss and muscle strength have been shown to respond favourably to high intensity training when compared to lower intensity forms of exercise.
I hope this helps you use your Band in a way which achieves the results you are after. Be safe, move into the movements slowly and put some favourite music on too so it becomes a pleasurable activity.