This week, we’re moving onto another exercise utilizing resistance bands and door anchors. As I’ve shared previously, if you don’t have a door anchor you can also wrap the band around a pull up bar (like I do), among other options. The only thing to keep in mind is what you anchor the band to- avoid using a tree branch, or metal fencing, for example, as the rough surface will damage the integrity of the bands. I’ve shared many exercises that can be done using resistance bands because they eliminate the need for a gym membership, purchasing a lot of equipment, space, and also the obstacle of getting to a gym. But still, the bands are an investment that you’ll want to take care of; here are a few tips to keep them in good shape.
The chest press works the pectoral muscles, triceps, and the deltoids. If you participate in activities that require upper body strength, such as golf, tennis, softball, swimming, maybe even the martial arts, you’ll notice an improvement in your strength and performance from adding chest presses to your routine.
- Loop a resistance band with handles onto something secure behind you. Grab onto each handle and hold your arms straight out to the side, elbows bent at 90 degrees, palms facing forward.
- Stand with one foot about a foot in front of the other so your stance is staggered. Stand far enough forward that there’s tension in the band. This is the starting position.
- Slowly press the handles forward and straighten your arms, until your hands meet in front of your body.
- Then, slowly bend your elbows and bring the handles back toward your chest to return to the starting position. Be careful to not let the band spring back quickly. This is 1 rep.
- Complete 12-15 reps for one full set. Complete three sets.
Please speak to your provider before starting any new exercise regimen.