Just because you’re in the comfort of your own home, it doesn’t mean you have to give up working out altogether. Home gyms are just as effective as actual gyms- it’s just a matter of having the right exercise equipment. One of the necessary exercise equipment you need to workout at home is strength bands or resistance bands. Similar to dumbbells, they help you build muscle mass through the presence of resistance in your exercises. This is why most people opt for resistance bands in their home gym. With this being said, we’ll be discussing a few workout exercises using your resistance bands.
1. One-arm Bicep Curls
This exercise move doesn’t just work in using dumbells, but also resistance bands. For this exercise move, just step on your resistance band and hold the end using one arm. In the same movement as you would do a bicep curl, gradually curl your arms towards the direction of your shoulders. Based on the name of this exercise, it’s an isolation exercise towards your biceps. Keep doing this exercise for both arms and as many repetitions as you can.
2. Front squats
This exercise move involving resistance bands effectively targets your glutes, thighs, and your entire lower body. You’ll need to stand on your resistance band with your feet apart and bring the top of your resistance band to the front of your shoulders. After this, you can begin to lower yourself into a squat position. Take note that your knees should not go beyond your feet to avoid any complications. Keep doing your squats for as many repetitions.
3. Glute bridge
If you’re looking for a resistance band exercise directly targeting your glutes, the glute bridge is perfect for you. Lie down on your back, preferably on your workout mat. Place your resistance band just slightly above your knees, with your knees bent at a 90-degree angle. Lift your toes off the floor and raise your hips until you form a straight line with your body. You should feel your glutes contracting in this entire workout exercise.
4. Band Seated Row
This resistance band exercise is an isolation move towards your back and triceps. Start by sitting down with your legs in front of you, and place your resistance band. Place your resistance band around the soles of your feet and hold the ends with both hands. Start by pulling the band even further until you feel your triceps and back muscles working and do this in a repeated motion. Your elbows should look tucked in as you pull your resistance band.
The starting position of this workout move is from a standing position, with your resistance band by your ankles. Start by raising one leg after another, while feeling both your glutes and leg muscles working at the same time. This is a common exercise to strengthen your legs and glutes, and you can do as many repetitions as you please. You don’t have to feel pressured to lift your leg as high as possible, but it’s more about your glutes and your leg muscles working effectively.
6. Wood Chop
This exercise move works your entire upper body, but more specifically targets your abs, obliques, core, and arms. If you have a door or anything secure to place your resistance band in, place one end of your resistance band there while grabbing the other end with your hand. With your feet apart, rotate your torso away from the resistance band while extending it further. Do this move repeatedly as you feel your abs, core, and obliques actively working. You should be able to pull your resistance band until you reach the area above your right knee.
In conclusion, these are 6 exercise moves to take advantage of your resistance bands effectively. The best thing about home gyms is that you don’t need to spend so much on gym equipment as resistance bands are perfect for toning and building muscle mass. Home gym equipment such as resistance bands helps you keep in shape and give you the resistance you need for your workouts. Whether your gym is in your home or your garage, these are all exercises you can do using your bands.