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Take Your Strength Training Routine to the Next Level With This!

By 310 Nutrition

While many people are accustomed to using free weights or weight machines when they strength train, there is another, much simpler piece of workout equipment which many people forget about that can efficiently tone your entire body: resistance bands.

Small but mighty, these bands are highly portable, so you’re able to take your workout anywhere you desire, and they come in different intensities to enable you to work different body parts and match your level of fitness.

At the 310 Gym, we offer two different types of resistance bands, which both work beautifully to tone and strengthen, especially when combined with the other high quality exercise equipment in the 310 Gym Set. However, in this blog we are going to focus on the 5-piece foam resistance band set with included door hinge in varied tensions.

Many people shy away from all types of resistance bands because they don’t know how to use them, or are afraid they won’t use them right. But the reality is that the bands are a highly valuable piece of equipment to add to your routine.

Listen to celebrity trainer, Flo, as he describes the best way to use the bands to get the maximum benefits and results from your training:

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Here’s a few killer exercises you can do with the 310 Gym 5 Resistance Band set after you have watched the above video on the best way to use the bands.

Take your workout to the outdoors if you choose, since these bands are easy to put in your 310 Gym Bag and carry along!

1. Lateral Raise

Work your shoulders and the rest of your upper body and arms with this simple move that packs a powerful impact.

Start by stepping onto the middle of your band with your right foot, keeping your left foot planted behind you. Hold the handle grips of the band in each hand at an even distance with your palms facing down. Relax your shoulders and tighten your core.

Putting pressure into your right foot, slowly lift your hands up into the air until shoulder length or slightly higher. Hold this position for 10 seconds then slowly bring your arms back down to the starting position. Repeat on your right side 10 times and then switch and do 10 reps with your left leg forward. Do two sets with each leg.

2. Standing Chest Press

A great exercise to work your upper body including your chest and arms with the resistance bands is the chest press, and this one can be done from anywhere you please, as long as there is something strong and steady to attach the bands to.  

Fix your resistance band to something sturdy, then put the handle of the band in your left hand. Step your right foot forward, keeping your left foot back, and inch forward until you feel some resistance on the band.

Keeping your shoulders back and your core tight, slowly punch your left hand forward, being careful to keep your balance, until your arm is almost fully extended. Hold the position for a few seconds and then return to the starting position. Do this 10 times on your right arm and 10 times on your left arm, switching legs when doing the left side. Do two sets on each side.

3. Seated Row

Work your back and arms, as well as challenge the balance in your entire body with this seated exercise.

Start by sitting on your 310 Yoga Mat comfortably, and put your resistance band around the bottoms of your feet, holding a handle grip in each hand. Keep your feet shoulder length apart. Your hands should be comfortably in front of you, relaxed. 

Putting your shoulders back and tightening your core, bring both of your elbows back, and squeeze the muscles in your back. Hold that position for a few seconds then release your arms slowly back to the starting position. Do three reps of 10.

4. Leg Abduction

Work on your core strength, body balance and coordination, as well as work your outer and inner thighs with this leg movement.

Start by fixing your resistance band to something study and then attaching the ankle strap to your right ankle. Step away far enough to where you feel some resistance.

Placing your hands on your hips for balance and your left foot firmly on the ground, stand up straight and slowly lift your right leg into the air until you feel strong resistance. Hold that position for a few seconds and then slowly return the leg to the starting position. Do three sets of 10 reps on each leg.

For all of the exercises mentioned above, remember to start at the resistance level that is right for you and then work your way up to a higher resistance, for optimal results.

And don’t just stop at the resistance bands! Try all of the other equipment pieces in the 310 Gym for the ultimate take-wherever-you want work out. Get your equipment and join the 310 Gym Community now!

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