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12 Fun Moves to Keep You Fit During the Holidays

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Brandon Pytel | December 12, 2017
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On the first day of the holidays, TheraBand gives to you… a full-body workout in less than ten minutes!

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5 Holiday Exercises to Keep You Feeling Merry and Bright

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Brandon Pytel | December 6, 2017

It's easy to get swept up by the hectic holiday festivities, but you don't have to neglect your healthy lifestyle. Lucky for you, we have just the solution for staying healthy this holiday season, and it starts with exercise. Read More

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3 Must-Have Training Tools Athletes Can’t Live Without

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Brittany Risher | November 12, 2017

From training to recovery, if these products work for top athletes, they can work for you too! Read More

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We went to the SHAPE Body Shop LA, and it wasn’t what we expected.

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Hillary Oberpeul | September 29, 2017

It was so much better. Lady power, positive thinking and fun fitness ruled the day.

What’s a SHAPE Body Shop, you ask? On the surface, it looks like a pop up fitness event hosted by SHAPE Magazine, where everyday people get the chance to work out with celebrity trainers—but deep down, it’s so much more. It’s an event where you walk in ready for a workout and walk out inspired, confident and ready to take on the world. Our TheraBand representatives had the chance to experience the SHAPE Body Shop LA firsthand, and they couldn’t have been happier to be involved (and we couldn’t have been happier to sponsor such an amazing event!). Take a look at what they saw, what they learned and how they’re applying it to their fitness journeys.

Moveme(a)nt is the name of the game.

The Body Shop was focused on positivity, fitness and confidence from the moment you walked in. The colors were bright and inviting, the music was upbeat and everywhere you looked, there were inspirational sayings to keep you motivated and moving. It was like getting a boost of confidence and curiosity, the moment you crossed the threshold (the goodie bags weren’t bad, either).

Shape Body Event Schedule Products

And that’s no coincidence—the event benefitted The Movemeant Foundation, which works to empower young women to be confident about their bodies by using fitness and movement. And that idea set the stage for the whole event.

The event wasn’t just for women, but it was dominated by a female population varying in age, fitness level and background. Those things didn’t matter though, because everywhere you looked, there was a group of people coming together to focus on fitness, positivity and learning something new.

Fitness experts like Shaun T, Kaisa Keranen, Anna Victoria and Lacey Stone brought their fitness knowledge to nearly 2,000 people at the Body Shop. We got to work out together, learn about fitness, eat healthy snacks and shop for new workout gear. And the amazing thing? There was this feel of camaraderie everywhere you went. No matter where you looked, people were high energy and happy to be working hard.

Shape Body Event Fitness Professionals

“It was really exciting seeing the fitness professionals I follow on Instagram in real life,” said TheraBand rep Nicole L. “Learning from these trainers and influencers in the fitness community was a really empowering experience.”

Fitness is a personal journey.

One of our favorite takeaways from the Body Shop? Fitness is personal. Some days you have the ability to go all out, some days all you can do is the minimum. And what works for someone else’s body isn’t necessarily going to work for yours—so don’t stress, just do what’s effective for you.

The trainers at the Body Shop made sure that the people in their classes understood this. Whether they showed high energy cardio moves or strengthening muscles with TheraBand® CLX bands, the fitness pros made sure to explain that workouts only work if you can do them. Finding a way to challenge yourself while working with your fitness level can involve some variations, but that doesn’t mean you should quit trying.

The event’s hashtag, #bossofmybody, was a reminder of the personal aspect to fitness. No matter where you went, there was a sticker, a wall decal or someone posting on Instagram with the hashtag. But it was more than that, it was a phrase that empowered people to take charge of their fitness journey, in whatever form it came.

Shape Body Event Group Fitness

The beauty of having so many different classes and approaches to fitness in one building is that there were (what seemed like) infinite opportunities to find the right version of a workout for that day. And there were a few classes that used our bands and tubing to help challenge people to think outside the fitness box.

That journey should be FUN.

If you’re not having fun, or at least enjoying your fitness journey, is it really worth it? Trying something new, like a new class, a new move or even the same moves with new equipment, can bring the fun back to your workouts. The Body Shop hosted classes and trainers that focused on getting people moving and keeping them engaged—and that often meant moving in really creative ways. From dancing to boxing to yoga to customized group fitness, there was something to help everyone find the fun in their fitness.

We couldn’t be at every class throughout the day (two people can only do so much!), but the classes we were able to attend were fun, challenging and used our TheraBand CLX bands and Resistance Tubing in interesting ways.

“It was great watching people discover the CLX band for the first time. They weren’t always sure how to use the loops at first, but once they got the hang of it, people seemed excited,” said Nicole. “And I don’t think I was alone in feeling inspired to go home and apply what I learned.”

Anna Victoria used the bands in both of her classes, using the loops to challenge the lower body—she even had people doing partner moves using the bands! And Lacey Stone had people integrate resistance tubing into her high-intensity moves, building strength without any bulky equipment to slow people down.

Take a peek at two of the moves we loved! You’ll need an exercise mat and a CLX band to try them at home.

CLX Donkey Kicks to Fire

Want to burn out your glutes and your hips? Try this combo and you won't be disappointed.

  • Place your legs through the center loops of your CLX band, making sure it rests just above your knees.
  • Carefully kneel on hands and knees on your exercise mat.
  • Putting your weight on one knee, lift your other leg with your knee bent. (Your foot should be flat toward the ceiling.)
  • Kick your flat foot up towards the ceiling as you squeeze your glutes (really give it some effort!), and then bring your knee back to parallel with your mat.
  • Rotate your knee out away from your body, squeezing your muscles at the top of the rotation.
  • Bring your knee back to center, then do it all again!

CLX Hip Bridges

Open up those hips and work your glutes with this simple exercise!

  • Place your legs through the center loops of your CLX band, making sure it rests just above your knees.
  • Laying on an exercise mat with your feet flat on the ground, step your heels about six inches from your butt. Make sure your feet are hip-width distance apart.
  • Lift your hips as high off the ground as you can manage, squeezing your glutes at the top. (Your knees should press out a bit as you do this, against the resistance of the CLX band.)
  • Slowly lower back to the ground and start over.

Sometimes half the fun of finding a new workout is discovering a new way to move every day. And the Body Shop definitely delivered on that front.

At the end of the day, it’s all about balance.

This event was about more than fitness. It was about balance. Balance between life and work and staying healthy. Balance between the quest for fitness and doing what’s right for your body. The balance of trying new things and staying true to what works. Spending time at the Body Shop left us with a feeling of inspiration, camaraderie and the confidence that we can achieve whatever our fitness goals may be. And we can have fun doing it!

It was a privilege to be able to sponsor and participate in such a positive event, and to share the day with a group of people who were so open to the spirit behind it all. SHAPE Magazine and the Movemeant Foundation did an incredible job putting on the Body Shop LA, and we can’t wait to see what they’re up to next! Read More

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How Lindsey Vonn Empowers the Next Generation of Strong Women

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Brittany Risher | May 5, 2017

The iconic athlete uses her star power to help girls fearlessly go after their dreams. Read More

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Lindsey Vonn: Athlete, Icon, Inspiration

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Brittany Risher | May 5, 2017

Born in small-town Minnesota, Lindsey Vonn's father put her on skis at age 2, and the 32-year-old has never looked back. Today, she is the most decorated female skier in history, she’s incredibly determined, hard-working, and resilient. She has an impressive five World Championship medals, 77 World Cup wins (the all-time record for a woman), and two Olympic medals: a bronze in Super G as well as a gold in downhill, both earned at the 2010 Vancouver Games. She's also the only American woman to win a gold medal in downhill skiing at the Olympics and the only American woman with four World Cup overall titles.

But all this success hasn't come without a lot of hard work—and some big setbacks. Vonn always pushes herself to her limit, and in February 2013, she crashed in the World Championships and required surgery to repair her torn anterior cruciate (ACL) and medial collateral ligaments (MCL). She tried to return to skiing at the end of that year, but re-injured her knee in a November crash, forcing her to withdraw from the 2014 Sochi Olympics. However, with a lot of grit and a commitment to her rehab, she recovered to complete a full season in 2015, when she won her 63rd Alpine skiing World Cup race, making her the winningest female ski racer in history.

Unfortunately in February 2016, while charging hard in a super G run at the World Cup, Vonn suffered three fractures in her tibial plateau. After recovering from that injury, nine months later, she crashed during training in Colorado. This accident left her with a severely fractured right humerus bone and nerve damage in her hand. Never one to give up or get down, Vonn focused 100 percent on her recovery and returned to competition, an impressive two months later and fearlessly won the World Cup downhill event in January, her 77th World Cup victory. She also took third in downhill at the World Championships in February. The bronze makes her both the first American alpine skier to capture a medal at five World Championships and the oldest female skier to medal at the World Championships.

When she's not in her ski boots or on the slopes, Vonn likes to spend time with her family and dogs Lucy, Leo, and Bear. She also started the Lindsey Vonn Foundation in February 2015 to empower young girls by giving them opportunities and experiences that build self-esteem. No matter what she’s doing and where she travels, Vonn shines with confidence, determination, and beauty, inspiring everyone.

“What kept me going [during recovery from my second knee injury] was skiing--getting back to the things I love to do,” she says. “When I’m healthy and on the slopes, I’m very, very happy.” Read More

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ARE THERABAND ELASTIC BANDS AS GOOD AS WEIGHTS TO STRENGTHEN MUSCLE?

MARCH 28, 2017

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12 Fun Moves to Keep You Fit During the Holidays

By Brandon Pytel December 12, 2017
Read More

On the first day of the holidays, TheraBand gives to you… a full-body workout in less than ten minutes!

5 Holiday Exercises to Keep You Feeling Merry and Bright

By Brandon Pytel December 6, 2017

It's easy to get swept up by the hectic holiday festivities, but you don't have to neglect your healthy lifestyle. Lucky for you, we have just the solution for staying healthy this holiday season, and it starts with exercise. Read More

3 Must-Have Training Tools Athletes Can’t Live Without

By Brittany Risher November 12, 2017

From training to recovery, if these products work for top athletes, they can work for you too! Read More

We went to the SHAPE Body Shop LA, and it wasn’t what we expected.

By Hillary Oberpeul September 29, 2017

It was so much better. Lady power, positive thinking and fun fitness ruled the day.

What’s a SHAPE Body Shop, you ask? On the surface, it looks like a pop up fitness event hosted by SHAPE Magazine, where everyday people get the chance to work out with celebrity trainers—but deep down, it’s so much more. It’s an event where you walk in ready for a workout and walk out inspired, confident and ready to take on the world. Our TheraBand representatives had the chance to experience the SHAPE Body Shop LA firsthand, and they couldn’t have been happier to be involved (and we couldn’t have been happier to sponsor such an amazing event!). Take a look at what they saw, what they learned and how they’re applying it to their fitness journeys.

Moveme(a)nt is the name of the game.

The Body Shop was focused on positivity, fitness and confidence from the moment you walked in. The colors were bright and inviting, the music was upbeat and everywhere you looked, there were inspirational sayings to keep you motivated and moving. It was like getting a boost of confidence and curiosity, the moment you crossed the threshold (the goodie bags weren’t bad, either).

Shape Body Event Schedule Products

And that’s no coincidence—the event benefitted The Movemeant Foundation, which works to empower young women to be confident about their bodies by using fitness and movement. And that idea set the stage for the whole event.

The event wasn’t just for women, but it was dominated by a female population varying in age, fitness level and background. Those things didn’t matter though, because everywhere you looked, there was a group of people coming together to focus on fitness, positivity and learning something new.

Fitness experts like Shaun T, Kaisa Keranen, Anna Victoria and Lacey Stone brought their fitness knowledge to nearly 2,000 people at the Body Shop. We got to work out together, learn about fitness, eat healthy snacks and shop for new workout gear. And the amazing thing? There was this feel of camaraderie everywhere you went. No matter where you looked, people were high energy and happy to be working hard.

Shape Body Event Fitness Professionals

“It was really exciting seeing the fitness professionals I follow on Instagram in real life,” said TheraBand rep Nicole L. “Learning from these trainers and influencers in the fitness community was a really empowering experience.”

Fitness is a personal journey.

One of our favorite takeaways from the Body Shop? Fitness is personal. Some days you have the ability to go all out, some days all you can do is the minimum. And what works for someone else’s body isn’t necessarily going to work for yours—so don’t stress, just do what’s effective for you.

The trainers at the Body Shop made sure that the people in their classes understood this. Whether they showed high energy cardio moves or strengthening muscles with TheraBand® CLX bands, the fitness pros made sure to explain that workouts only work if you can do them. Finding a way to challenge yourself while working with your fitness level can involve some variations, but that doesn’t mean you should quit trying.

The event’s hashtag, #bossofmybody, was a reminder of the personal aspect to fitness. No matter where you went, there was a sticker, a wall decal or someone posting on Instagram with the hashtag. But it was more than that, it was a phrase that empowered people to take charge of their fitness journey, in whatever form it came.

Shape Body Event Group Fitness

The beauty of having so many different classes and approaches to fitness in one building is that there were (what seemed like) infinite opportunities to find the right version of a workout for that day. And there were a few classes that used our bands and tubing to help challenge people to think outside the fitness box.

That journey should be FUN.

If you’re not having fun, or at least enjoying your fitness journey, is it really worth it? Trying something new, like a new class, a new move or even the same moves with new equipment, can bring the fun back to your workouts. The Body Shop hosted classes and trainers that focused on getting people moving and keeping them engaged—and that often meant moving in really creative ways. From dancing to boxing to yoga to customized group fitness, there was something to help everyone find the fun in their fitness.

We couldn’t be at every class throughout the day (two people can only do so much!), but the classes we were able to attend were fun, challenging and used our TheraBand CLX bands and Resistance Tubing in interesting ways.

“It was great watching people discover the CLX band for the first time. They weren’t always sure how to use the loops at first, but once they got the hang of it, people seemed excited,” said Nicole. “And I don’t think I was alone in feeling inspired to go home and apply what I learned.”

Anna Victoria used the bands in both of her classes, using the loops to challenge the lower body—she even had people doing partner moves using the bands! And Lacey Stone had people integrate resistance tubing into her high-intensity moves, building strength without any bulky equipment to slow people down.

Take a peek at two of the moves we loved! You’ll need an exercise mat and a CLX band to try them at home.

CLX Donkey Kicks to Fire

Want to burn out your glutes and your hips? Try this combo and you won't be disappointed.

  • Place your legs through the center loops of your CLX band, making sure it rests just above your knees.
  • Carefully kneel on hands and knees on your exercise mat.
  • Putting your weight on one knee, lift your other leg with your knee bent. (Your foot should be flat toward the ceiling.)
  • Kick your flat foot up towards the ceiling as you squeeze your glutes (really give it some effort!), and then bring your knee back to parallel with your mat.
  • Rotate your knee out away from your body, squeezing your muscles at the top of the rotation.
  • Bring your knee back to center, then do it all again!

CLX Hip Bridges

Open up those hips and work your glutes with this simple exercise!

  • Place your legs through the center loops of your CLX band, making sure it rests just above your knees.
  • Laying on an exercise mat with your feet flat on the ground, step your heels about six inches from your butt. Make sure your feet are hip-width distance apart.
  • Lift your hips as high off the ground as you can manage, squeezing your glutes at the top. (Your knees should press out a bit as you do this, against the resistance of the CLX band.)
  • Slowly lower back to the ground and start over.

Sometimes half the fun of finding a new workout is discovering a new way to move every day. And the Body Shop definitely delivered on that front.

At the end of the day, it’s all about balance.

This event was about more than fitness. It was about balance. Balance between life and work and staying healthy. Balance between the quest for fitness and doing what’s right for your body. The balance of trying new things and staying true to what works. Spending time at the Body Shop left us with a feeling of inspiration, camaraderie and the confidence that we can achieve whatever our fitness goals may be. And we can have fun doing it!

It was a privilege to be able to sponsor and participate in such a positive event, and to share the day with a group of people who were so open to the spirit behind it all. SHAPE Magazine and the Movemeant Foundation did an incredible job putting on the Body Shop LA, and we can’t wait to see what they’re up to next! Read More

How Lindsey Vonn Empowers the Next Generation of Strong Women

By Brittany Risher May 5, 2017

The iconic athlete uses her star power to help girls fearlessly go after their dreams. Read More

Lindsey Vonn: Athlete, Icon, Inspiration

By Brittany Risher May 5, 2017

Born in small-town Minnesota, Lindsey Vonn's father put her on skis at age 2, and the 32-year-old has never looked back. Today, she is the most decorated female skier in history, she’s incredibly determined, hard-working, and resilient. She has an impressive five World Championship medals, 77 World Cup wins (the all-time record for a woman), and two Olympic medals: a bronze in Super G as well as a gold in downhill, both earned at the 2010 Vancouver Games. She's also the only American woman to win a gold medal in downhill skiing at the Olympics and the only American woman with four World Cup overall titles.

But all this success hasn't come without a lot of hard work—and some big setbacks. Vonn always pushes herself to her limit, and in February 2013, she crashed in the World Championships and required surgery to repair her torn anterior cruciate (ACL) and medial collateral ligaments (MCL). She tried to return to skiing at the end of that year, but re-injured her knee in a November crash, forcing her to withdraw from the 2014 Sochi Olympics. However, with a lot of grit and a commitment to her rehab, she recovered to complete a full season in 2015, when she won her 63rd Alpine skiing World Cup race, making her the winningest female ski racer in history.

Unfortunately in February 2016, while charging hard in a super G run at the World Cup, Vonn suffered three fractures in her tibial plateau. After recovering from that injury, nine months later, she crashed during training in Colorado. This accident left her with a severely fractured right humerus bone and nerve damage in her hand. Never one to give up or get down, Vonn focused 100 percent on her recovery and returned to competition, an impressive two months later and fearlessly won the World Cup downhill event in January, her 77th World Cup victory. She also took third in downhill at the World Championships in February. The bronze makes her both the first American alpine skier to capture a medal at five World Championships and the oldest female skier to medal at the World Championships.

When she's not in her ski boots or on the slopes, Vonn likes to spend time with her family and dogs Lucy, Leo, and Bear. She also started the Lindsey Vonn Foundation in February 2015 to empower young girls by giving them opportunities and experiences that build self-esteem. No matter what she’s doing and where she travels, Vonn shines with confidence, determination, and beauty, inspiring everyone.

“What kept me going [during recovery from my second knee injury] was skiing--getting back to the things I love to do,” she says. “When I’m healthy and on the slopes, I’m very, very happy.” Read More