Perfect Full Body Workout with Resistance Bands

At lunch, your co-workers are talking about this fun barre class they went to over the weekend. When you meet up with your friend for coffee, they talk about this awesome new workout guide they started. And your crazy ‘go to the gym 7 days a week’ friend can’t stop talking about all the gains she’s making from lifting weights.

Whew! Everyone is doing something different and you’re probably thinking “What’s going to work best for me?”

Getting healthy and fit can be very overwhelming. The best thing you can do, is try a little bit of everything and pick which one you enjoy the most. Along your journey, what you enjoy will probably change as you discover you want to challenge yourself in new ways.

If you’re just starting your fitness journey or have hit a plateau, a great place to start is with resistance bands. You can increase your strength, mobility, stability, flexibility, and cardiovascular and muscular endurance with them! Doing exercises with resistance bands is a great intro to doing movements in a safe manner before jumping into weights. If you already lift weights, using bands will challenge your muscles differently.

I love circuit training and adding exercises with resistance bands at the end of my lifting sessions to exhaust my muscles to failure and really feel the burn. While any circuit can be done with just your body-weight, I like to add a challenge with some resistance  I want to share a full body workout that will leave your limbs feeling like noodles and make you feel like you’re standing in a puddle of sweat.

The Workout

  • There are 3 circuits of 3 exercises
  • Do 12 – 15 reps of each exercise of Circuit #1 (Repeat 3x)
  • NO REST between each set of that circuit
  • Once you complete Circuit #1, rest for 30 seconds
  • Move on to Circuit #2 and #3 doing the same thing

 

Exercise #1 Exercise #2 Exercise #3
Circuit #1Bicep CurlSide RaiseDonkey Kick
Circuit #2Squat PressTriceps ExtensionStanding Chest Press
Circuit #3Squat Jump / RowBent Over FlyUpright Row

How To Do Each Exercise!

Circuit #1

Bicep Curl
Bicep curl with resistance band
Bicep curl workout with resistance band
Place band under your feet and hold one handle in each hand. You can either curl one arm at a time, or both together. Your preference!

Side Raise
Side raise with resistance band
Side raise exercise with resistance band
Place band under your feet and hold one handle in each hand. Have a slight bend in your knees and lift each arm outwards to shoulder height (do not go higher)

Donkey Kick
Resistance band donkey kick workout
Donkey kick with resistance band
If you’re kicking with your right foot, hold on to the handle with your left hand. Place your right foot in the other handle and secure. Adjust and hold on to any additional slack with your left hand for the appropriate resistance. Keep left hand (and any slack) secure on the ground and kick with your right foot. SQUEEZE the glutes at the top! Switch and repeat with your other leg.

Circuit #2

Squat Press
Squat press with resistance band
Resistance band squat press workout
Place band under your feet, hold one handle in each hand, and hold at shoulder height. Squat down (go low!), then press through your heels to come up. As you come up, do a shoulder press by pushing your hands above your head. The come all the way back down to a squat and repeat.

Triceps Extension
Resistance band overhead tricep extension
Standing triceps with resistance band
Place band under your feet and give a little more slack to the side you’re doing the extension. Keep left hand at your side and raise right hand above and behind your head. Keep right elbow pointing straight up, then extend arm straight up, and squeeze at the top. Switch and repeat with your other arm.

Standing Chest Press
Standing chest press with resistance band
Chest press with resistance band
Loop band around a stable point. Grab handle in each hand and place each hand at your sides. Make sure to find a stable stance with your feet. Then push both hands forward – use same motion as if you were laying down on a bench.

Circuit #3

Squat Jump / Row
Squat row with resistance band
Resistance band squat jump row
Squat jump row with resistance band
Loop band around a stable point. Grab handle in each hand out in front of you and squat down. As you come up, jump! (yes, a squat jump) As you come up, pull bands back in a rowing motion. This exercise works both your legs and your back (and your coordination!!)

Bent Over Fly
Bent over fly with resistance band
Resistance band bent over fly
Place band under your feet, cross bands and hold in each hand (so that it looks like an X) Put a slight bend in your knees and bend over with a straight back. Pull arms out to your sides and squeeze at the top. You will be using your upper back muscles for this movement.

Upright Row
Upright row with resistance band
Resistance band upright row workout
Place bands under your feet and hold handles in each hand directly in front of you. Pull handles straight up to your chin, hold, and then release back down. You will be using your shoulders to pull up for this movement.

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