4 Toning Moves That You Can Do With a Resistance Band

Feel. The. Burn.

Remember how obsessed we were with our results from our Pilates Platinum workouts? (I mean, does anyone else have visible ab lines now thanks to that last workout!?!)


Well, we’ve got another one headed your way, and it’s seriously effective. All you need is a resistance band and a little bit of time—and maybe a good playlist, to get you through the pain—and you’re good to go. Kourtney McCollough from Pilates Platinum shows us four different arm exercises that you can do pretty much anywhere to get tight and toned biceps and triceps.

We love doing this entire series in two full sets. Try to get through all four exercises without taking a break until you get to the end of your first set—if you need a breather, take 2 minutes. Then repeat the series, and you’re good to go.

Reverse Fly

Hold the band directly in front of your chest, shoulders-width distance apart. In one slow, easy motion, pull your fists apart to bring your arms to the side. With control, slowly bring your hands back to the center. Repeat 30 times.

Donkey Kicks With Resistance

Start on all fours, and place the ends of the bands under your palms, looping the band around the heel of one foot. Kick your foot straight back, in line with your hips. Return to your starting position. Repeat 30 times on each side.

Triceps Extension

Start with both hands behind you—top hand behind your head, bottom hand behind your lower back. Grab the band with both, then extend top arm up towards the sky. Repeat 30 times on each side.

Wide V Extension

Start in a low lunge, band looped beneath the arch of your foot with both ends in each hand. Keeping your arms straight, extend arms out to a wide ‘V” position above your head. Repeat 15 times, and then switch the leg you’re lunging on.