Wondering how to stay fit without going to the gym? We may be stuck at home due to COVID-19. But, to maintain both our physical and mental health, it’s more important than ever to stay active.
So, why not try a bungee workout?
Over the last few weeks, home workout tutorials have become incredibly popular. From daily PE lessons with Joe Wicks to online dance classes, people have started to push back their furniture and give them a go. Which is why, here at Paracords Direct, we thought we’d offer our own.
Bungee cords – such as those sold in our store – are a much cheaper alternative to resistance bands. Due to their stretchiness, they’re an easy and effective way to train at home and improve your fitness. Thousands of bungee workout classes can be found on YouTube, with something to suit all ability levels. But here we outline just a few basic bungee cord exercises to get you started.
6 popular bungee cord exercises
One-arm bicep curls
This is one of the easiest bungee cord exercises to master. Essentially, it’s designed to improve strength and tone the muscles in the arms. Start by standing with both feet on the bungee cord, approximately shoulder-width apart. Then, grasp the cord with one hand (palm facing upwards) and gradually lift your arm – bending it at the elbow – until it reaches the shoulder. It’s as simple as that.
Repeat the process around 12-15 times and then switch sides.
Another simple exercise to add to your bungee cord workout is the ‘flye’. This mainly works on the chest muscles. To start, hold the bungee rope around your back, with your arms stretched out to the side. Then, bring your hands together – taking care to keep your elbows up and your arms straight. Slowly return to the starting position and repeat the exercise approximately 10 times in total.
Squats are a fantastic exercise for the entire body. And, with the addition of a bungee cord, they can be even more beneficial – helping to work muscles in the legs, arms, stomach, back and more.
They’re also really easy to do. Again, start by putting both feet on the cord and hold each end in line with your shoulders. Lower into a squatting position (remembering to keep your chest up at all times), before pushing back up. If you wish to take it one step further, extend your arms as you come out of the squat, so that the cord is raised above your head.
First things first, for this particular bungee cord exercise, you will need to create a loop with the cord. This can be done by bringing the two ends together and tying them with a secure knot.
Now it’s time to work the gluteus maximus! Put both feet into the loop and pull it up so that it’s positioned just above the knees. Then lie down, with your knees bent (at approximately 90°) and your toes raised off the floor. To contract the muscles in your legs and bottom, simply lift your hips – until you have formed a straight line from your knees to your shoulders – and slowly lower back down again. This should be repeated 10-15 times.
Last but not least, finish your bungee workout session with a lateral walk. This is a slightly trickier exercise, but it’s a brilliant way to strengthen the muscles in your hips, thighs, and calves.
Two bungee cords are required – which again, should be transformed into a loop by tying the ends together. Place one loop just above your knees and the other around your ankles. Then, having lowered into a ‘half-squat’ position, take a small step to one side. It’s important to maintain the tension in the cords as you move. Do around 10 steps to the left and then switch direction.
Invest in resistance bungee cords today
Eager to give our bungee workout a go? Great!
As an online supplier, here at Paracords Direct, we’ll be staying open throughout the UK lockdown – and we have plenty of bungee cords in stock and ready to be delivered. These cords are perfect for the bungee cord exercises outlined above and could be exactly what you need to stay fit and healthy at home. So why not take a look through our collection and order yours today?
Alternatively, if you don’t think our bungee workout is for you, there are plenty of other ways for you to exercise with rope. For example, you could use jute rope for skipping. Or perhaps check out our ‘Ultimate guide to battle ropes’. This can be found on our sister site, Ropes Direct, and offers clear step-by-step instructions for some of the most popular battle rope exercises.
The possibilities are endless. You don’t need fancy gym equipment to exercise at home. Just keep moving and push your body that little bit further. If you have any questions about our bungee cord workout, or you’re unsure of the best cords to buy, please feel free to get in touch. Either give us a call on 01692 668996 or send an email to email@example.com. We’re always happy to help!
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