Let’s be honest ¡ª push-ups can be tough. Luckily, our friends at Self have given us six alternative moves to get toned arms.
1. Power Punch
Anchor center of band at hip height. Stand with back to anchor, holding handles at hips, elbows bent, palms up. Lunge left leg forward as you punch with right hand (as shown); repeat on opposite side for one rep. Do three sets of 12 reps.
Works shoulders, triceps, biceps, butt, thighs
2. Flex and Crunch
Anchor center of band about 2 feet off floor and sit with feet flat, holding handles in front of you, palms up; curl handles toward you so biceps engage. Lie back (as shown) to floor; sit up, biceps still engaged. Do three sets of 12 reps.
Works biceps, abs
3. Fiesty Fighter
Stand on band with feet wide, knees soft, a handle in each hand. Pivot on right toe as you uppercut punch to left (as shown). Quickly repeat on opposite side for 1 rep. Do 20 reps.
Works shoulders, back, obliques, legs
Stand on band with feet hip-width apart; crisscross it in front of you and hold handles at hips, palms in. Step to left as you raise hands to chest, elbows out (as shown). Return to start; repeat on opposite side for 1 rep. Do 20 reps.
Works shoulders, back, outer thighs
5. Biceps Burn
Stand on band with feet more than hip-width apart, a handle in each hand, arms locked at sides, palms up. Curl handles up until you feel biceps engage (as shown); lower arms to start, then rotate hands in front of body and curl toward chest. Lower and return to start for 1 rep. Do 20 reps.
6. Curl and Crunch
Lie face up with center of band around feet, legs extended and hovering above floor, a handle in each hand, palms up, arms at sides to start. Curl hands toward chest with elbows at sides as you crunch up, raising legs a little higher (as shown). Lower to start; repeat. Do 20 reps.
Works arms, abs
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