A Full-Body Strength Training Workout at Home – The New York Times

If you’re willing to be creative, a set of elastic bands can be as effective as a gym full of weights.

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If you’re willing to be creative, a set of elastic bands can be as effective as a gym full of weights.

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By Jenny Marder

Not long ago, I impulsively bought a set of mini exercise bands — thick rubber loops designed to engage your muscles as you stretch them. I was seduced by ads promising they could improve my posture, which is lousy after years of slumping over a computer. They claimed a handful of quick exercises would unhunch my shoulders while I “tone my muscles” and “sculpt my physique.”

Getting a full-body workout with a set of $20 elastic bands was enticing, since I lack the budget or space for fancy fitness equipment.