4 Minimalist Moves for Do Anywhere Workouts

Did you know that 3 in 4 Americans claim their schedules are too packed for exercise? Not exactly an earth-shattering revelation though, since most of us have used that fallback when unavoidable time commitments—or urgent Netflix binges—happen.

But, among the self-described “Super Busy,” about 60% indicated they’d exercise more often if they could do so at home. Well, sure….makes sense. I mean, half the battle is finding motivation to (a) invest in a gym membership then (b) get your money’s worth from said membership.

I’m no stranger to the price tag of staying in shape. Lemme tell you—Pure Barre classes cost a pretty penny! Fitness is an expense I’ll willingly take on…but just once a week, thanks. My twenty-something budget can’t handle much more! So, what’s a girl to do those other 6 days?

Enter: the TKO Ab Stretch 4-Way Resistance Band. This affordable—we’re talking $12.99—twist on gym-quality equipment makes strength training accessible for anyone who can’t spare gym-quality payments.

4 way resistance bands

With adjustable tension to customize your resistance level and a portable design for on-the-go convenience, low maintenance finally meets effective. TKO Ab Stretch targets the core, arm and back for a full-body circuit that develops muscle tone, promotes strength and increases flexibility.

Courtesy of this gotta-have gadget, your home—or anywhere, for that matter—workout regimen can be as simple and straightforward as the examples below (thanks to my sister Victoria for being a topnotch fitness model)!

Deltoid Raises

resistance band arm exercise 1

  1. Place 2 of the resistance band loops around your feet, and grip the other 2 loops with your hands.
  2. Stand with your legs about shoulder-width apart, or wide enough to create tension on the cord.
  3. Engage your abdominal muscles and keep them taut throughout the remaining steps.
  4. Lower your arms to each side then, with a slow and controlled motion, raise them outstretched into a T-position.
  5. Hold this stance for 5 seconds, while keeping your shoulders relaxed, then lower your arms back down.
  6. Complete 20 more repetitions of steps 1-5.

Bicep Curls

reistance band arm exercise 2

  1. Place 2 of the resistance band loops around your feet, and grip the other 2 loops with your hands.
  2. Stand with your legs about shoulder-width apart, or wide enough to create tension on the cord.
  3. Engage your abdominal muscles and keep them taut throughout the remaining steps.
  4. Stretch your arms into a low V-position, with your elbows facing down, then curl them upward toward your shoulders.
  5. Hold this stance for about 5 seconds, keeping your shoulders relaxed, then lower your arms back down.
  6. Complete 20 more repetitions of steps 1-5.

Forearm Extensions

resistance band arm exercise 3

  1. Place 2 of the resistance band loops around your feet, and grip the other 2 loops with your hands.
  2. Stand with your legs about shoulder-width apart, or wide enough to create tension on the cord.
  3. Engage your abdominal muscles and keep them taut throughout the remaining steps.
  4. Lower your arms to each side then, with a slow and controlled motion, extend them parallel in front of your body.
  5. Hold this stance for about 5 seconds, keeping your shoulders relaxed, then lower your arms back down.
  6. Complete 20 more repetitions of steps 1-5.

Deltoid Pulses

resistance band arm exercise 4

  1. Place 2 of the resistance band loops around your feet, and grip the other 2 loops with your hands.
  2. Stand with your legs about shoulder-width apart, or wide enough to create tension on the cord.
  3. Engage your abdominal muscles and keep them taut throughout the remaining steps.
  4. Lower your arms in front of your body then, with a sweeping motion, raise them outstretched into an inverted V-position.
  5. Move your upper arms in small pulses, while keeping your shoulders relaxed, for about 5 seconds then lower your arms back down.
  6. Complete 20 more repetitions of steps 1-5.

So, now I wanna hear from YOU. Ever tried a resistance band circuit? Know any more “minimalist moves,” involving this equipment? Comment with your favorite strength training tips!


Special thanks to TKO for letting me test out this awesome product. Follow this dynamic fitness gear brand on Instagram @TKO_WhateverItTakes and use the hashtag #WhatEverItTakes.

 

How to “Jump” Start Cardio the Playful Way

In my opinion, the most regrettable aspect of growing up is forgetting how to play. Remember sprinting around the jungle gym all afternoon as a kid…heart pounding…lungs burning…legs aching…yet never losing steam?

For me, those childhood memories can be summed up in just one word: freedom.

Who says there’s an age limit on playtime? Why, as adults, are we expected to trade in our muddy sneakers for sensible penny loafers? At what point, did the arbitrary expiration date on “fun” expire?

The youthful you viewed physical activity as a source of enjoyment, while the mature you  considers it a necessary evil. Au contraire, I say! You’re never too old for recapturing that boundless energy and free spirit.

But, where to start? That’s the million dollar question.

Enter: TKO Sports, a workout equipment company who’s tagline Whatever It Takes reflects a deep-rooted commitment to wellness and healthy living. Plus, TKO recognizes the importance of P-L-A-Y. (Your younger self would definitely approve!)

So, without further ado…introducing TKO Soft-Grip Jump Ropes, a revolution in cardio fitness that puts the excitement back in exercise. 

TKO jump rope

Gotta love that cheery yellow and lively blue!

First, let’s talk quality assurance:

  • Lightweight, non-slip grips for speed training
  • Smooth swivel design for agility training
  • Metal ball-bearing for tangle prevention
  • Smooth tubing for consistent swing motion
  • 9-foot solid PVC rope for maximum durability

Next, fast meets effective:

  • TKO’s 15-minute jump rope cardio workout burns 170 calories.

TKO jump rope packaging

The box doesn’t lie. Impressive? Well…duh!

Simply hop and skip your way to optimal heart health with the following easy-peasy regimen:

TKO jump rope cardio workout

Staying in shape shouldn’t be a chore. Working up a sweat shouldn’t feel like torture. Nope, fitness should be fun! Unleash that inner child who’s begging to go outside and play. Give yourself permission to embrace movement, enjoy exertion and reap some groovy health benefits along the way. (Yeah…I said “groovy.” Sorry, not sorry!)

jumping rope

Who’s got jump rope swag? Oh, that would be me!

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 Special thanks to Lipton Publicity and, of course, TKO Sports, for sharing this product with me.