BAND HAND FORM. 5 May 2011
I highly recommend taking our band classes. Like our workout, Lithe's Higher Power Band System is a true multitasking prop. It really defines the armpit, dynamically works the shoulder girdle AND works the rhomboids and trapezius isometrically while stretching pectoralis minor and major. They shape the body to absolute perfection-All the way down to your hips.
We see a lot of funky band hand grips at Lithe. What's best for the hands, form and proper total body muscle development? You'll learn proper hand placement in your Immersion and Lithe 101 classes. Resist using the Squeeze, Claw and Broken Wrist grips (shown above). Try your hardest to place the band between your thumb and forefinger and work with your palms facing down so that you can really attack the correct muscles of the arm. In the beginning you may feel a bit of soreness in the muscles of the thenar eminence and transverse ligaments where the thumb and wrist meet. That soreness will go away within 4-6 classes.
I had Carrie work without gloves so that you can really see her hand and wrist here. In the top 3 photos, you can see how the workload is being taken by the fingers, wrists and forearms - There's so much tension, even Carrie's tendons are popping! In the bottom photo, her hands and her fingers are loose, and her palms face down which transfers the work evenly throughout the arm and even into the armpit (good bye pit fat!) and down through the back and the waist.
Image of Lithe Instructor, Carrie Gero demonstrating improper and proper hand form.