When I travel, I always bring a resistance band with me if I plan to do at least a little bit of working out. An exercise resistance band is an elastic piece of tubing, which is incredibly transportable and gives you the ability to complete a variety of functional movements for the entire body.
Why work out with a resistance band? The band allows you to apply constant resistance at different parts of the movement in any plane (i.e. straight up and down, side to side or rotational), whereas dumbbells and free weights always have the force of gravity working against them and only really work best in the vertical plane.
You can do some crazy and advanced moves with resistance bands, always offering a strong core component and balance challenge. Yet, I actually find that some of my favorite band moves are quite simple.
When in need, grab a band
As I’m currently away from the gym for the holiday, I was looking for a quick way to work my upper-body at home, and therefore put together just a few moves in one routine (a perfect complement to a walk, run or bike ride, by the way). I found this routine so effective, I wanted to share it with all of you. I’ve done this particular line-up of exercises a handful of times and am always feeling just the right amount of burn.
If you’re in need of an easy way to get some muscle work at home, you should definitely consider purchasing a band. A few good resistance bands include this braided one and this light one, but I primarily use this medium one as my go-to. And bands are good for a few things. In fact, in addition to resistance workouts, I also use bands to do some upper-body mobility moves to warm up my body, as well as stretch the back of my hamstrings.
15-minute upper-body resistance band workout
*Disclaimer: While I’m a personal trainer, I’m not your personal trainer. Please consult a professional before trying a new workout routine. Proceed with caution, my friends.
All you need to do is warm up, grab a band and get to work. You can even do this one without shoes, folks. In fact, I did it in my pajamas last week. No impact, no cardio, just some good old-fashioned resistance.
Here are links to proper form demonstrations for all of the moves …
Bonus points: Finish up with a one-minute forearm plank, then some upper-body stretching and shoulder dislocates to send you on your way.Got a few minutes? Try this short and fierce upper-body resistance band workout ... #fitness… Click To Tweet
For more short at-home routines, check out my Fitness page. Have an awesome day!
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Questions of the day
What’s your go-to short workout?
Do you have a favorite upper-body exercise move?