Band Side Bends

Primary Muscle Group: Midsection

Muscle Groups Worked in This Exercise:  Rectus abdominis, Obliquus externus abdominis, Obliquus internus abdominis and Pyramidalis

Preparation: Attach the band to a sturdy object at floor level. You'll only need one end of the band, so take care that the other end is securely attached to the anchor point. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, keeping your abs tight. The band should come from the side you are working on. Grasp the handle with an overhand grip, hold your arm out straight and to the side at a 45-degree angle to your body. You should be feeling some resistance at this point.

Breathing: Breathe out as you laterally flex away from the anchor point and breathe in as you return to start position.

Execution: While holding your lower body still and your hips level, flex your midsection and lean away from the anchor point. Aim to touch your free hand on the side of your knee. Pause and straighten back up to standing position. After finishing all lateral bends, turn around and repeat for the other side. 

Comments: If you need more of a challenge step further away from the anchor point; if you need a bit less step closer to the anchor point.

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