If you’re looking for a home gym tool that doesn’t break the bank, takes up next to no space, and offers a world of varied movement possibilities- shall we suggest... the good old resistance band!
One standard looped resistance band is all you need to instantly create a challenging full-body workout. It lets you add challenge to basic bodyweight motions like pushups and squats, and it allows you to do other moves too.
We've put together some intro exercises we like to do with resistance bands, check them out!
Anchor a loop band in a low position on a support (like an incline bench), looping the other end around your ankle with the band positioned behind you. Step away from the anchor to create tension on the band, and position your feet hip-width apart.
Shift your weight to your left foot and lift right leg from the floor. Extend knee until it straightens out in front of you. Slowly return to the starting position. Repeat for 8–12 reps before switching legs.
2)Glute bridge Tie a band around your legs right above your knees. Lie faceup with your feet on the floor, bending your knees to 90 degrees. Raise your hips until your shoulders, hips, and knees align, contracting your glutes through the entire movement. Do 15–20 reps.
3)Lateral Band Walk
Step into a loop band or tie a therapy band around your lower legs, just above your ankles. Place feet shoulder-width apart to create tension on the band.
Start in a half-squat position. Shift your weight to the left, stepping sideways with right leg. Move standing leg slightly in, but keep the band taut. Take 8–10 steps before heading back the other way.
4) Standing bicep curl Stand with feet shoulder-width apart with feet placed over the middle of the band. Grab a handle in each hand, starting with your arms down at your sides. With palms facing in front of you, pull your arms toward your shoulders by bending at the elbow until you get a good bicep contraction. Slowly lower back down. Do 12–15 curls.
5) Tricep kickback
Stand in a foward facing lunge position with your right foot in front, positioned over the center of the band. Holding each end of the band, position your arms at your sides with palms facing behind you.
Bend at your elbows (keeping them tucked by your sides) until your forearms are parallel to the floor. Next, press down your arms, pushing the band behind your body until your arms fully extend. Lower back down. Repeat for 8–10 reps.
Do you work out with resistance bands?