by Amy Schlinger
Courtesy Photo Resistance bands have a ton of applications -- this we know. (Hello, 10-minute tone up!) But we've found a band that has, ahem, an infinite amount: the Xfinity Fitness Band, which is available at Walmart for about thirty bucks.
Unlike conventional bands, Xfinity is made of a textured, rubbery material that makes it super easy to grip, plus has six loops for different hand or foot options. So, instead of having a slew of separate bands for different levels of resistance, now you can just move your handgrip closer together or farther apart for more or less resistance. Or, fold it in half to achieve two times the resistance (You know you want to, you boss).
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Those loopholes also mean there's no end to the variety of exercises you can do. My personal fave? Lying on my side, sliding my bottom foot into a bottom loop, my top foot into the loop above it -- usually about the forth -- and doing leg lifts. (Hey, we all want buns of steel, right?) It's way simpler than wedging your feet through resistance band handles or trying to tie one around your ankles, right?
I've also used the band for both leg and arm exercises, where my bedpost becomes the anchor for rows and flies. And the band's been great for stretching sore muscles, too. (I even packed it for a trip last weekend; it only took up a blip of space in my suitcase -- crucial for a shoe-heavy packer.)
That's already a lot of utility for thirty bucks, but if you need more convincing, Xfinity comes with two workout DVDs with six total-body routines, too. One helpful little band aid, coming right up!
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by Amy Schlinger