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The Merrithew™ Flex-Band Loop, which comes in two lengths and two strengths, is everyone’s favorite new toning tool. It’s a fun, portable prop that intensifies any workout, helping you build strength, muscular endurance and stability.

This versatile Flex-Band Loop can be placed around the ankles, calves or above the knees during lunges and squats to target the abductors and adductors; or around the wrists or forearms for upper-body strengthening of the shoulders, biceps, lats and more. It can also be integrated into planks and other core exercises to challenge the deep stabilizing muscles.

The Flex-Band Loop packs a full-body burn, so take it with you the next time you head to the gym, go on vacation or need a fitness pick-me-up after a long day at work.

MONSTER WALKS

Start: Standing, legs apart, with Flex-Band Loop around ankles, hands together in front.

Movement: Take a giant step to the side, stretching Flex-band Loop and tipping torso slightly forward, then return.

Repeat 5-10x each way

LUNGE BICEP CURL

Start: Lunge position, back leg long, Flex-Band Loop under front foot, holding with opposite hand.

Movement: Stay in lunge and flex elbow stretching band, then return.

Repeat 8-12x on each side

SHOULDER BRIDGE

Start: Supine (on back), knees flexed, Flex-Band Loop around knees.

Movement: Keep spine neutral and lift hips, pressing out on Flex-Band Loop, then return.

Repeat 5-10x

Modification: Increase challenge by reaching arms up toward the ceiling on movement.

SINGLE LEG EXTENSION

Start: On hands and knees, Flex-Band Loop around one knee and opposite foot.

Movement: Keep torso stable and reach Flex-Band Loop leg back, then return.

Repeat 5-10x on each side

PLANK ROTATION

Start: Plank position, feet apart, Flex-Band Loop under one hand, holding with the other.

Movement: Keep torso in one long line and rotate to side plank, pulling elbow up, then return.

Repeat 5-10x on each side

SINGLE LEG WITH BICEP CURL

Start: Supine (on back), legs lifted to tabletop, Flex-Band Loop around one foot, holding with same hand, other hand behind head.

Movement: Stretch leg out and flex elbow, stretching Flex-Band Loop, then return.

Repeat 5-10x on each side

Modification: Simplify the movement by keeping opposite leg on the mat.

CLAMSHELL

Start: Side-lying, bottom elbow supporting head, top hand on hip, knees flexed with Flex-Band Loop around knees.

Movement: Keep feet together and lift top knee stretching Flex-Band Loop, then return.

Repeat 5-10x on each side

Modification: To increase challenge, start with knees down and feet lifted. Keep feet lifted and together as top knee lifts.

BREAST STROKE

Start: Prone (on stomach), hands under forehead, legs long and apart, Flex-Band Loop around ankles.

Movement: Lift upper torso slightly, reaching arms back by sides, lift legs and press apart, stretching Flex-Band Loop, then return.

Repeat 5-10x

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