While they may seem like relics of the 1980s workout scene, resistance bands still deserve a place in your exercise routine. "Resistance bands may feel a little retro, but they're a workout staple for good reason," writes Shape of this convenient $5 exercise essential. By adding one to your workout, "You'll fatigue your muscles much faster, really target your inner thighs, and lift and round your butt by working the gluteus maximus." They can also be used to rehabilitate an injury, build strength, or simply intensify a workout routine and boost calorie burn, according to Jillian Michaels.
The fitness magazine recently partnered with cult fitness instructor and YouTube sensation Mike Donavanik to create this 10-minute lower body workout using a resistance band (get a set of five here for just $12). They recommend simply following along with the video below and repeating it one to two more times for a 20- to 30-minute lower body workout (if you really want to sweat it out).
Grab your resistance band and try out Donavanik's 10-minute workout below for a toned lower body.
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