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9 Ways to Make Yourself Like Exercising

March 4, 2016

As a fitness blogger it’s only natural I love fitness, so I’m always shocked when I hear my boyfriend complaining about how he hates exercise. But when I hear his workouts I can’t really blame him, they seem like torture just not like a whole lot of fun. While workouts should be aimed at getting yourself in shape, they don’t...Read More
5 Reasons Seniors Need To Exercise

October 11, 2014

Normally we think of exercise addicts as young, active, and lets be real ripped individuals. We don’t normally think of individuals like my 75 year old grandmother. My grandmother makes sure to exercise five times in a week! Yeah go Grandma! Ok, but she wasn’t one of those people who always was super into working out. In fact, if it...Read More
17 Exercise Motivation Tips

June 26, 2014

While I love exercise, there are days when I am just not feeling it. After a long day of work or classes, sometimes I just want to lie on the couch and binge watch netflix. On days when I’ve done nothing at all, continuing to lounge about can seem more appealing than bringing myself to work out. But as an...Read More
Why Exercise Makes Us Happy :)

May 2, 2014

Feeling stressed and depressed about the amount of homework (I’m a student btw) I needed to get done over the weekend, I was hesitant to use my few free hours to hit the gym. But as a fitness blog writer, I felt guilty for preaching the importance of fitness and then skipping out on my own workout. So even though...Read More
7 Ways to Prevent Injuries

March 14, 2014

Maybe you have gotten used to hearing ego flattering statements on how your workouts are finally starting to pay off. You smirk with satisfaction at your results. Fitness wise, everything is going great. But as we tread into March, the month of warriors, we need to learn from the mistakes of warriors past. Fantastic fighters like Caesar let his arrogance...Read More
Be a girl with balls: Medicine Ball Workout

February 27, 2014

While we may not have a pair dangling from our crotches, every girl should have a set of balls to play with. I'm talking about medicine balls (get your mind out of the gutter!) because they are an absolutely fantastic exercise tool to incorporate into your workout. In lieu of our INCREDIBLE 40% off wall and slam balls sale, I...Read More
Calling all mountaineers!

February 7, 2014

  Climbing is a fantastic ways to enjoy the great outdoors and can get your body into tip top shape. But if you want to take your adventure to an even higher fitness level (or should I say summit ;) we recommend you engage in our Climber Press exercise. This exercise is a great warm up or addition to climbers and...Read More
Happy New Year – And how to spend the first day

January 1, 2011

Happy New Year from all of us at Rubberbanditz! Hope you had a fun night and are rolling about of bed a little late ready to start your new year right - the healthy way. Might we recommend throwing some asparagus in your smoothie if you had a particularly rough night? Supposedly it'll help rid you...Read More
Festive Exercise: Squat Skier

November 29, 2010

The weather is finally getting cold here in North Carolina – even a chance of flurries tonight – so it’s time to make our exercise routines festive. No, we don’t mean wearing a Santa hat to the gym; we mean a new move: Squat Skiers. This exercise is part of our Circuit Training Routine 1. Want to learn more about circuit training?...Read More
Circuit Training: What is it, anyways?

November 26, 2010

Circuit training is designed to work you in all five of the main fitness categories: aerobic fitness, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility and body composition. When you circuit train, you want to focus on high intensity for the whole routine. That means little rest between exercises. Circuit training...Read More
Fall is here! Daylight is gone! How to keep up

October 26, 2010

Here is North Carolina, outside of the mountains, we are just getting into some good fall weather. It still gets into the upper 70s some days, but we are finally getting those chilly mornings. Only problem? We are losing daylight! If you are at the office 9 to 5, you’re missing out on the prime light. And I feel ya  - I’m...Read More
Core Exercise: The Hyperextension

October 17, 2010

Core exercises are very fickle. It might appear you are doing the exercise correctly, but you could be doing it totally wrong. Form and execution are extremely important, and to be honest, there are a few moves I just can’t figure out (like that one abs machine at the gym!). There are a lot I can, and I am about to...Read More
Active TV Watching – Can you do it?

September 17, 2010

One of the most common tips to get healthy or lose weight, etc.,  I have seen over the years is do exercises while you watch TV. Sit-ups on the commercial breaks, squats while you watch your favorite show (The Office anyone?), push-ups on the couch. There is even a WikiHow page for how to exercise in front of the TV. I...Read More
Tips: Getting the most out of your bicep exercises

September 12, 2010

In college, I had a few male friends who practiced, to say the least, not a full body routine. One friend would head over to the weight room and do bicep curls for as long as he could stand it. And that is it. He was a very small guy, but he had huge biceps. It was ridiculous. Well, at Rubberbanditz...Read More
Exercise: Triceps Pushdown

August 18, 2010

Today we are looking at the tricep pushdown. Along with the general tricep exercise tips, I have another pointer for this specific move. When you are working your triceps, you will notice that it is easy to use your body weight to help with the moves. Try to avoid this. Instead, resist the urge to put any body weight into the...Read More
Working the Triceps

August 17, 2010

This week our focus is on the triceps. Before we jump into the learning, I have a little resistance band anecdote about my gym. The other day at total strength, the instructor had us using the standard equipment and a little extra: 3 sets of weights, bench, mat, and gliders (these are amazing!), but unlike usual, no bands. I was disappointed,...Read More
The Military Press

August 11, 2010

The military press is a great move to hit most of your shoulder muscles. There are lots of variations, including those both sitting and standing, to meet your individual needs. You can also adjust this exercise to meet your needs by using your stance to alter resistance: taking a wider stance will raise the resistance. And one last note before you begin:...Read More
Seated Rows: No machine necessary

August 3, 2010

Before you start the exercise, make sure to really read through the instructions. If you don’t have the proper form, you will end up putting all the work on your arms and shoulders instead of working your lats. To do this, follow these tips: - Don’t let your arms and shoulders do all the work - Keep your torso still, knees slightly bent,...Read More
Working the Back

August 2, 2010

It’s tough to ignore the back muscles. They are involved in just about everything. You feel them when you are carrying things, and they are key to helping you maintain good posture. And good posture – well that’s a whole post’s worth of information, but long story short, having good posture helps you avoid injury and pain. A great way...Read More
Work the Chest: Push-Ups

July 30, 2010

You know the basic push-up, now let’s get some variations – band style. Before you jump in, remember this: - Keep your body as straight as possible throughout the exercise, including your head. Try picking a spot on the floor and focusing on it during each rep. - Do not lock your arms out at the top. This will help you avoid...Read More
Working the Chest

July 28, 2010

Chest is the second largest muscle group, after legs, so you should work it second in your total body routine. Like with most workouts, you need to make sure you focus on keeping your back straight and abs tight, not to mention really focusing on working your chest muscles. If you have never utilized mental focus in your strength routines, you...Read More
Stretch: Quad-lity

July 27, 2010

Before we jump into chest, let's wrap up the legs focus we had last week. After really working those legs, you will need a good stretch, and this is one of my favorites. By using the bands, you can feel how much more effective the stretch is as compared to your usual moves. Quad-lity While lying on your...Read More
The Best Leg Exercise: Squats

July 21, 2010

Now that you know why it is important to get those legs working, let’s get to it! Though there are lots of fancy routines and intricate ways to use your bands, we honestly love squats more than any other leg exercise. They are one of the most dynamic exercises to increase muscle mass, power and strength in your lower...Read More
Why do you workout?

July 17, 2010

Everywhere I turn there are loud ads with too many exclamation points promising perfect “glamour muscles.” Hey men, look here back and biceps / chest and arms !!! Hey ladies, want perfect abs and a great butt?! Talk to just about anyone who really knows fitness and you will hear about the importantance of total body routines.  Building strong muscles helps...Read More
Exercise: Lat Pulldown + Variations

July 9, 2010

Hopefully by now you have all seen and tried out our latest workout video. With your resistance bands, these exercises combine for a great workout at your desk, but if you are looking to up the difficulty to create a more gym-worthy band routine, you can try some variations on some of those exercises.  Lat Pulldown Variations This...Read More