It’s been too long since I shared a workout on my blog. (And a recipe too…I promise I’ll get back to it soon!) I filmed and shot a few new workouts last week so I have some good stuff coming for you. We’ll kick it off today with a total body mini band workout.
I love training with mini bands because they are an affordable, accessible and portable way to activate and strengthen your muscles. They are super effective when used on their own for a bodyweight resistance band workout, and you can really up the ante of a weighted workout by incorporating bands as well.
I have this set of bands and would recommend them. You get a set of five bands ranging in resistance from extra-light to extra-heavy. I have had them for a year and they are still as good as new!
Most people think glutes and lower body when working out with mini bands but the cool thing about this workout is that it integrates some awesome upper body work, especially for the shoulders and lats. I love that this workout includes two different exercises to work into the lats because one of the things that bodyweight workouts often lack are pulling movements. You get a lot of bang for your buck with this one! 🙂
Here are the details!
TOTAL BODY MINI BAND WORKOUT
There are six movements and three rounds of work. You’ve got squats, deadlifts and lunges along with shoulder, lat, bicep and tricep work. This workout also includes lots of functional core work. An example of this is the hip flexor work that you see in the first squat variation and the glute work in the single leg deadlift. (And of course that hand walk plank…which is no joke!)
TOTAL BODY MINI BAND WORKOUT MOVEMENT DEMO VIDEO
Here’s a video demo of each of the six movements.
I can’t wait to hear what you guys think about this mini band workout. It’s a tough one but a good one! (And so good for you!)
What’s your favorite pulling movement/exercise? How do you incorporate pulling movements into your workouts when you’re not in the gym?
Do you enjoy mini band workouts?
What area of your core do you feel that you could improve strength in?
Thanks for posting another awesome workout Jen! Some of these moves were new to me. I love mini bands and use them regularly in the barre classes I teach. It’s rare I travel without them too. I just rented another full month of your yoga classes on Vimeo, I’m addicted!
You’re so welcome, and THANK YOU for taking my yoga classes online! 🙂
Looks like a good workout. I kind of struggle with mini bands as I have an issue with them rolling up constantly (could be my thick thighs or just need to find a new type of band). I will definitely try this workout.
I find that that happens the most for me if I’m not using a resistance that is heavy enough. But this workout should be great for you because there is no mini bands around thighs in any of the movements! 🙂