Perfect Full Body Workout with Resistance Bands

Best resistance band exercises for full body tone up

At lunch, your co-workers are talking about this fun barre class they went to over the weekend. When you meet up with your friend for coffee, they talk about this awesome new workout guide they started. And your crazy ‘go to the gym 7 days a week’ friend can’t stop talking about all the gains she’s making from lifting weights.

Whew! Everyone is doing something different and you’re probably thinking “What’s going to work best for me?”

Getting healthy and fit can be very overwhelming. The best thing you can do, is try a little bit of everything and pick which one you enjoy the most. Along your journey, what you enjoy will probably change as you discover you want to challenge yourself in new ways.

If you’re just starting your fitness journey or have hit a plateau, a great place to start is with resistance bands. You can increase your strength, mobility, stability, flexibility, and cardiovascular and muscular endurance with them! Doing exercises with resistance bands is a great intro to doing movements in a safe manner before jumping into weights. If you already lift weights, using bands will challenge your muscles differently.

I love circuit training and adding exercises with resistance bands at the end of my lifting sessions to exhaust my muscles to failure and really feel the burn. While any circuit can be done with just your body-weight, I like to add a challenge with some resistance I want to share a full body workout that will leave your limbs feeling like noodles and make you feel like you’re standing in a puddle of sweat.


  • There are 3 circuits of 3 exercises
  • Do 12 – 15 reps of each exercise of Circuit #1 (Repeat 3x)
  • NO REST between each set of that circuit
  • Once you complete Circuit #1, rest for 30 seconds
  • Move on to Circuit #2 and #3 doing the same thing
Exercise #1 Exercise #2 Exercise #3
Circuit #1 Bicep Curl Side Raise Donkey Kick
Circuit #2 Squat Press Triceps Extension Standing Chest Press
Circuit #3 Squat Jump / Row Bent Over Fly Upright Row


Circuit #1

Bicep Curl

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Place band under your feet and hold one handle in each hand. You can either curl one arm at a time, or both together. Your preference!

Side Raise

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Place band under your feet and hold one handle in each hand. Have a slight bend in your knees and lift each arm outwards to shoulder height (do not go higher)

Donkey Kick

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If you’re kicking with your right foot, hold on to the handle with your left hand. Place your right foot in the other handle and secure. Adjust and hold on to any additional slack with your left hand for the appropriate resistance. Keep left hand (and any slack) secure on the ground and kick with your right foot. SQUEEZE the glutes at the top! Switch and repeat with your other leg.

Circuit #2

Squat Press

Squat press with resistance band Resistance band squat press workout

Place band under your feet, hold one handle in each hand, and hold at shoulder height. Squat down (go low!), then press through your heels to come up. As you come up, do a shoulder press by pushing your hands above your head. The come all the way back down to a squat and repeat.

Triceps Extension

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Place band under your feet and give a little more slack to the side you’re doing the extension. Keep left hand at your side and raise right hand above and behind your head. Keep right elbow pointing straight up, then extend arm straight up, and squeeze at the top. Switch and repeat with your other arm.

Standing Chest Press

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Loop band around a stable point. Grab handle in each hand and place each hand at your sides. Make sure to find a stable stance with your feet. Then push both hands forward – use same motion as if you were laying down on a bench.

Circuit #3

Squat Jump / Row

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Loop band around a stable point. Grab handle in each hand out in front of you and squat down. As you come up, jump! (yes, a squat jump) As you come up, pull bands back in a rowing motion. This exercise works both your legs and your back (and your coordination!!)

Bent Over Fly

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Place band under your feet, cross bands and hold in each hand (so that it looks like an X) Put a slight bend in your knees and bend over with a straight back. Pull arms out to your sides and squeeze at the top. You will be using your upper back muscles for this movement.

Upright Row

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Place bands under your feet and hold handles in each hand directly in front of you. Pull handles straight up to your chin, hold, and then release back down. You will be using your shoulders to pull up for this movement.

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Incorporating an Exercise Ball Into Your Routine Is Life-Changing

How exercise balls can change the way you workout

Start using an exercise ball — STAT. Here’s why.

Are you looking to spice up your workout routine and improve your health? Exercise balls are a great place to start. They’re in practically every gym, but working out with an exercise ball is one of the best inexpensive, yet effective alternatives that you can take advantage of right at home.

In 1963, Italian plastics manufacturer, Aquilino Cosani, invented the exercise (“Pezzi”) ball — they’ve drastically increased in popularity over the years. From physical therapy in clinical settings to athletic training in fitness facilities, exercise balls are used in a variety of different ways. They’re used for prenatal support and yoga sessions, and it’s even become popular to use stability balls instead of traditional office chairs.

Read on to check out the benefits of using an exercise ball. Plus, get ready to master our step-by-step instructions for top stability ball exercises!


Exercise balls are popular and trendy among fitness enthusiasts. Here’s why:

Engages more muscles. When pushing off of an exercise ball, instead of a flat surface, more muscles are used to keep the body balanced.

Decreases back pain. A study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research concluded that the use of a stability ball could improve posture and might benefit individuals who sit often or are prone to back pain.1

Strengthens the core. The muscles in the core are used to hold your body in an upright position when you simply sit on your exercise ball. Over time, your core muscles will become much stronger. Plus, you can use your stability ball to intensify exercises that are specifically designed to strengthen abdominal muscles.

Increases Circulation. While using your exercise ball, all of the muscles in your body will be working to help keep you stable — this increases blood flow.


An exercise ball can be used in a variety of ways. Here is a full body stability ball workout routine that can be performed with or without weights:


Stability Ball Pushups

  • Start with either hands on the ball and feet on the floor or with your feet on the ball and your hands on the floor
  • Push yourself up by extending your arms and then slowly lower yourself
  • Inhale while lowering your body and exhale while pushing your body up
  • Perform two sets of 10-20 reps


Stability Ball Back Extension

  • Lie face down on your stability ball with your hands behind your head. The ball should be under the center of your mid-section
  • Squeeze your glutes and lift your torso up until your body forms a straight line. Repeat
  • Perform two sets 10-15 reps

Stability Ball Reverse Hyperextension

  • Lie face down on the exercise ball with your legs down and extended
  • Keep your legs extended and slowly raise both legs as you exhale
  • Lower your legs slowly as you inhale
  • Perform two sets of 10-15 reps


Use your DynaPro resistance bands with these workouts!

Rear Deltoid Raise

  • Lie face down on your exercise ball with your back and legs extended
  • Keep your arms bent at the elbow with your fist pointing towards the ground
  • Rotate your arms upward until your forearms are parallel to the floor
  • Inhale as you bring your arms up and exhale when lowering them
  • Perform two sets 10-15 reps

Side Deltoid Raise

  • Place your left side on the exercise ball
  • Use your left arm to hold onto the ball for stability as you extended your legs outward
  • Extend your right arm upward and exhale
  • Slowly lower your arm toward the ground and inhale. Repeat
  • Perform two sets of 10-15 reps


Stability Ball V-Pass

Stability ball v-pass exercise for a strong core

  • Lie face up on the floor with your arms extended and hold your exercise ball with both hands
  • Extend your legs in the air, place the ball between your feet, and then lower your legs toward the ground
  • Raise your legs and grab the ball with your arms extended. Then lower the ball with your arms. Repeat
  • Perform 15-30 reps

Stability Ball Knee Tuck

Stability ball knee tuck workout

  • Start in the pushup position with your legs resting on stability ball
  • Inhale, tighten your abs, and bring your knees closer to your chest by pulling your legs forward
  • Exhale and hold for two seconds
  • Extend legs to their original position. Repeat
  • Perform 10-20 reps


Stability Ball Wall Squats

  • Place the ball between the wall and your lower back
  • Place your feet shoulder width apart
  • Inhale and slowly lower your body toward the floor in a squat position as you continuously push back into the ball. Repeat
  • Perform two sets of 10-15 reps

Lying Hamstring Curl

Lying hamstring curl on exercise ball

  • Lay flat on your back and place your exercise ball under your feet
  • Dig heels into the ball and extend arms into floor for support
  • Inhale and use your feet to roll the ball towards your body slowly and keep your hips as still as possible
  • Exhale and slowly extend legs back to the straight position. Repeat
  • Perform two sets of 10-15 reps


There are so many different ways to incorporate an exercise ball in your lifestyle. Using these techniques will help strengthen your back and core and stabilize your muscles. Plus, exercise balls are easy to store, portable, and affordable. To maintain your exercise ball, just wipe it clean with soap and water and keep an air pump on hand!

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MMA Champ Daniel Morales on Jumping Rope and Finding Inspiration

Discover the power of jump rope training with Daniel Morales
Grab your jump rope and prepare to be seriously motivated.

Daniel Morales is a rising star in the MMA world. The Chicago-based fighter is a multi-time amateur champion in kickboxing, Muay Thai, and boxing, and he trains with a DynaPro jump rope. During his rough childhood, a single teacher turned Daniel’s life around with a simple feature in National Geographic magazine. We caught up with him to learn more about that day, his training routine, and where he finds inspiration.

DynaPro Direct: How did you get into fighting? What was your first big win and how did it feel?

Daniel Morales: I feel as though I’ve been fighting my entire life. Directing my energy towards a destructive path as a young kid led me to learn things the “hard way.” However, when I was in the Juvenile Department of Corrections at the age of 17, I met a bible study teacher, Mr. Camp, who was a great mentor. I think we’re all artists in a way and I have always loved to draw and write. Especially while locked in a cell, I always expressed myself with a pencil and a piece of paper.

One day, I asked Mr. Camp to bring a National Geographic magazine so I could draw some pictures from it. I flipped through it and found an article on Mixed Martial Arts in Brazil and saw a picture that sparked an idea that changed my life.

From that moment, I knew what I wanted to do. While in juvenile detention, I told my parents this is what I wanted to do. They supported it as long as it kept me out of trouble.

Only three days after I was released, I received a call to compete in a mixed martial arts exhibition. I said “yes” immediately. From there, doors of opportunities began to open.

DD: Your story is inspirational. Do you have any inspirational quotes that keep your head in the game for fighting?

DM: Yes. These are some of my favorites:

“You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.” -C.G. Jung

“Only the self-sufficient stand alone – most people follow the crowd and imitate.” -Bruce Lee

“Water cuts through rock, not because of its power but because of its persistence.”-James N. Watkins

“If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made of.”-Bruce Lee

DD: Aside from your mental game, your fitness game has to be on point too. You train with a DynaPro jump rope. How much time do you spend jumping rope each day?

DM: I jump rope at least 15 minutes a day. Most fighters use a jump rope. It’s a great way to switch it up from long distance runs. Jumping rope works most of the muscles in your body – your arms, shoulders, core, and legs are all engaged when jumping rope. I highly recommend it.

DD: You said Muhammad Ali never picked up a weight during conditioning and only picked up a jump rope. Why did he do that?

DM: He practiced this way because he would never be able to bring weights into the ring with him. It helped him condition to his famous quote, “Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.”

DD: What upcoming fights do you have?

DM: Everyone always asks me, “When is your next fight?” (laughs). I respond, “Everyday.”

I always get a confused look after that.

I think life gives us daily challenges to grow and push forward. If someone has it easy, they must be comfortable – they must not be growing. As human beings, we’re meant to grow in all levels of life – physical, mental and spiritual. When new challenges present themselves, I don’t ask, “Why me?” I say, “Try me.”

To actually answer your question, Glory World Series is returning to Chicago Friday, February 24th. It’s the greatest kickboxing organization in the world and the matchmaker always does a great job, so there are never any easy fights. You face the best of the best. You can catch it on UFC Fight Pass at 7pm CT.

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Best Ways To Use Your Power Bands During a Workout

Best power band exercises for a full body tone up

When you walk into your gym, you navigate through the endless cardio equipment, all of the machines, dumbbells and other free weights, and maybe in the corner you’ll see some stretchy bands by the yoga mats you’re not quite sure how to use. Even then, there are too many different sizes, shapes, and colors to figure out what to do with these contraptions.

They’re just big rubber bands, right? How hard can it be? Here’s some good news: They really are as simple to use as they look! You can pretty much use power bands for almost any exercise. Here are some of the best ways you can use your power bands during a workout!


Assisted Pull-Up

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Single Arm Lat Pull-Down

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Banded Push-Ups

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Single Arm Chest Press

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10 Reasons Power Bands Should Be Incorporated Into Your Fitness Routine

Tough and portable, power resistance bands can make an enormous difference in your workout routine.

10 benefits of incorporating power bands into your fitness routine

It’s no wonder why resistance bands are so popular: They’re portable, easy to use, affordable, and you don’t really need to learn a new skill set to use them effectively. Now, DynaPro Direct offers power resistance bands which are designed to take your strength-training sessions to the next level. The bands can be used for squats, push-ups, and various lower and upper body workouts. The bands can also be used in place of, or in conjunction with, weight-lifting equipment — that means you don’t need to depend on a spotter anymore! Phew!

DynaPro Direct power resistance bands are offered in five different levels of color-coded resistance: Red (5-30 lbs.), black (10-60 lbs.), purple (30-80 lbs.), green (50-125 lbs.), and blue (70-170 lbs.).

Check out 10 reasons why you should start using power resistance bands:

  1. Power resistance bands are easy to use:

    You won’t need to change up your entire workout routine and learn a new method of building muscle if you want to start using the bands. Simply incorporate the bands into the fitness plan you already follow, and you’ll get addicted to the added resistance.

  2. You can ditch your partner — or get one:

    Since the power bands add weighted resistance, you’ll still be able to execute an effective strength-training routine without needing to pump up with bulky weights that require a spotter. Even better? Resistance bands are fun to use with a partner.

  3. The bands are portable:

    There’s nothing like packing resistance bands in your suitcase for an epic vacation. When you’re away on a trip, you want to look and feel your best – and it’s never been easier to do that. You’ll love squeezing in a quick pump session before you hit the beach or get ready for that special party.

  4. Switching it up is a breeze:

    The bands come in all different colors and levels of resistance. Start slow and then switch up your resistance level as soon as you conquer that color band. It’s also best practice to work with different levels of resistance based on which workout moves you’re performing. Here are your options: Red (5-30 lbs.), black (10-60 lbs.), purple (30-80 lbs.), green (50-125 lbs.), and blue (70-170 lbs.).

  5. Your muscles will thank you:

    One of the best things about power resistance bands is they help stabilize different muscle groups. Heavy lifting and intense cardio sessions often lead to muscle imbalance. By incorporating bands, you’ll be doing your body a huge favor. It’s all about the balance, Baby!

  6. The bands are snap-resistant:

    DynaPro Direct bands are made with eco-friendly natural rubber that you can depend on. It’s important to use bands that are made from high quality material, because a break or snap during the middle of your fitness session is the last thing anyone pumping up ever wants.

  7. It’s a fun way to stretch:

    Don’t just use power resistance bands when you’re strength training! Use the bands as you’re stretching, too. You can use a band as a tool to challenge your flexibility and push your limits.

  8. At-home workouts will be more effective:

    It’s so easy to store resistance bands in the living room or the bedroom. Whether you wake up with the bands or use them to wind down after a stressful day, you’ll be thrilled to have them in arm’s reach.

  9. You can use them in the office:

    Resistance bands are the perfect tools to tuck away into your desk drawer. Wrap the band around your legs for a lower body workout as you’re working, or take a break from the computer and stretch out your arms.

  10. You’ll be set for life:

    DynaPro Direct power resistance bands come with a lifetime warranty. If the power resistance bands cease to perform as promised under normal use, you can return them for a full refund.


5 Killer Keys to Shedding Weight in 2017

5 best tips to lose weight in 2017 and keep it off for good

Sometimes all it takes is a fresh start to get your head in the game and change your life.

Do you feel burnt out and uninspired to keep working toward your fitness goals? You’re not alone! Leave your unhealthy habits and negative mentality in 2016 and turn it around in the new year. Live by these keys to shed weight, feel more energized, and gain a positive mindset in 2017. Plus, read on to learn tips from DynaPro Direct experts!

  1. Amp Up Your Cardio:

    In the new year, you’ll want to get your blood flowing and increase your metabolism. Grab a DynaPro jump rope so you can focus on cardio when you’re not at the gym or in the mood for a long run. Plus, build up your coordination skills and endurance by practicing new tricks and increasing your speed.

  2. Have a Strong Mentality:

    If your mind is on your side, it’s all yours. Take a cue from DynaPro Direct fitness and anti-aging expert, Darnell Cox: “On a good day, when my head is in the right place, I can talk my laziest version of my physical self into hitting the gym hard, and talk my junk food-craving self out of devouring the bag of whatever cookies are in the cupboard. But there are those days, when those are flipped. When my head is not where it needs to be and my body will follow suit.”

  3. Balance Your Muscles:

    Instead of bulking up with free weights, incorporate resistance bands into your workout routine to help stabilize and balance your muscles as you build them. Try experimenting with regular resistance bands, mini precision loop bands, or power resistance bands.

  4. Make Your Workout Routine Fun:

    Katie Austin workout package to stay on track in 2017Follow a fun and effective plan, like the Katie Austin Workout Package, to stay on track and add energy to your routine! Austin is a millennial fitness leader who inspires and teaches thousands on social media to strive for and reach healthy goals. Now, there’s a box that brings our DynaPro products and her inspiration right to your doorstep.

  5. Plan Your Meals:

    Prevent caving in and reaching for the stuff that’s not so good for you by planning your meals. Check out these tips from DynaPro Direct nutrition expert, Danielle Pashko: “Planning your food will save you from making bad choices when your blood sugar gets low and you’re feeling hungry and impatient. Have your fridge or freezer stocked with some lean protein options like organic chicken, tuna, turkey, and eggs. Then you can always easily pair it with some mixed greens or tomato and cucumber salad. This type of meal only takes five minutes – when you have more time, then it’s easier to get more creative with side dishes or salad stuffings!”

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Improve Muscular Strength and Endurance with DynaPro Direct Power Bands

Build Strong Muscles with DynaPro Direct Power Bands

Whether you are a beginner or an expert, you can always jump up to the next level with the help of power resistance bands. These exercise bands are a simple, low-cost and easy to use fitness equipment for strength training. With power bands, you can perform almost all of the exercises you would do with heavy weights and machines. These fitness bands are also a great option for on-the-go workouts.

So, for anyone who is hoping to improve their muscular strength, flexibility and looking for best power bands on the market, you can always opt for DynaPro Direct pro grade power resistance bands.

These powerlifting bands are perfect for exercisers of all fitness levels, because they are available in light, medium and heavy resistances.

Grab these power exercise bands at DynaPro Direct’s official site at prices starting from $11.99.