How to Use Resistance Bands: 20 Exercises to Try
You want to lose that extra weight that you’ve been carrying around. You don’t know what you can do at home or in the office to shed some weight. Resistance bands give you a new way to workout and lose the weight, as well as tone up for a more defined muscular physique. They will target places on your body that can stabilize muscles that you don’t normally use.
20 Exercises for Resistance Bands
The exercises that we are going to list are all for resistance band work outs. Start slowly, but pick a few exercise options that you are more comfortable with, or that target specific areas that you want to work on. This way, you can create a custom resistance band workout that suits your body and health goals.
Resistance Band Bicep Curl:
- Make sure you are standing with your feet on the resistance band. Hold one end in each hand, with your arms fully extended, palms facing forward.
- Slowly curl hands up towards shoulders, and squeeze biceps. Keep elbows tight to the sides of your body.
- Lower your hands to starting position.
Resistance Band Bent-Over Row:
- Stand on the resistance band, but feet should be about hip-width apart. Hold one end in each hand by sides, your palms should be facing in towards each other. Knees need to be bent just slightly. Back should be flat, with arms straight, and hands under shoulders.
- Bend your elbows to pull the resistance band to your chest, keep elbows close to body.
- Slowly straighten your arms and lower your hands to starting position.
Ankle Jumping Jacks: 20 reps:
- Put bands around ankles.
- Stand in quarter-squat position, feet hip-width apart, hands at chest.
- Jump your feet out & in. Do 20 reps.
Banded Walks: 20 reps:
- Put bands around your ankles.
- Stand with feet hip-width apart. Bend knees a few inches, hinge forward at hips, keeping glutes tight.
- Take 10 steps forward.
- Take 10 steps back. 20-reps.
Prone Leg Curl:
- Lie belly down & loop a band around your ankle, anchoring the other end to a door or support. Scoot away from the anchor to create tension.
- Tighten your core & bend leg at the knee, bring heel toward glutes.
- Return leg to beginning position, and repeat.
- Tie a band around your legs above the knees. Lie on your back, feet on floor, bend knees to 90 degrees.
- Rise with hips until your shoulders, hips, and knees line up. Contract glutes during the movement.
- Loop a band around the legs above the knees.
- Lie on the back, while hips and knees flex to 90 degrees.
- Pull knees apart while contracting glutes for 2 seconds.
- Return to beginning position, repeat.
- Sit at edge of a chair. Tie loop band around legs, above knees.
- Place feet wider than shoulders. Slowly press knees out, turning feet in, as your legs move apart. Hold for 2 seconds, then bring knees together.
- Attach band to high anchor, kneel down, grab each side of the band.
- Extend the elbows out at shoulder-level, engage abs, crunch down towards the hips while contracting abs.
- Return to starting position & repeat.
- Place bands across your back.
- Drape over arms and get in push up position, holding bands with palm of hands.
- Do pushups 10-12 times.
- Place band right above the knees. Start on all fours with hands under your shoulders & knees under your hips.
- W/out shifting hips, lift your left knee out to the side.
- Slowly return to starting position for 1 rep.
- Switch sides. Repeat.
- Stand with feet hip-width apart.
- Bend knees slightly, engaging your core, keep back straight.
- Hold one end of band in each hand, arms straight out in front of you at shoulder height.
- Pull elbows back, then extend. Repeat.
- Stand w/ feet hip-width apart. Bend knees slightly & engage core; keep back straight.
- Hold one end of band in each hand behind you. Arms straight, shoulder-width part, palms up.
- Hinge forward slightly from waist. Small lifts with arms, keep tension on band.
- Sit down, place band around thighs above knees.
- Lie back, extend arms & legs.
- Press legs out hip-width apart to find resistance in band. Core to roll arms and legs to “V” shape.
Toned Arm Stretch:
- Step on one side of the band. Grab other handle with your hand on the same side.
- Keep shoulders parallel to the ground.
- Curl the band with your bicep. Repeat on the other side.
- Pull the resistance band around legs above knees or ankles. Keep feet wide enough that you can feel the exercise.
- Lower your behind to the ground in squat position. Side step sideways 4-5 times, repeat.
Standing Lateral Leg Raise:
- Hands on your hips & feet hip-width apart, loop band around your ankles.
- Pause, then lift right leg as high as you can out to the back. Repeat on the other side.
- Start with band under the arches of your feet.
- Stand while holding the band with your palms facing towards you. Raise the arms out to shoulder height. Lower down with control. Repeat.
- Step on both sides of the band.
- Bend your knees, hold both ends of band.
- Band to your chin, elbows pulling to the ceiling.
- Hold one second & release.
Upper Back Firmers:
- Hold the band with both hands, it should be straight out in front of your chest.
- Then pull the band apart equally, until both of your arms are out your sides, like a cross.
- You want to hold this position for one second, then you will slowly release.
- Repeat until failure.
Conclusion: Resistance Bands
These are some great resistance band exercises that should help you work the muscles that you didn’t know that you used before. These daily exercises are great for building the smaller muscles that are essential in supporting our body, and maintaining balance as we age. Good luck, and be sure to customize the duration and intensity of these exercises to suit your fitness goals!