Here is a lower-body workout routine that you can easily do anywhere if you have an elastic resistance band, some time, and a little gusto.
Consistency in your resistance training truly provides the best health benefits. That means you need to be able to train with the fewest barriers and hurdles possible.
We usually associate barbells, dumbbells, weight plates, and big exercise machines with resistance (or strength) training. We also usually find this fitness gear at the local gym rather than at home. Because let's face it, this equipment can be heavy, expensive, and can really ruin the Fengshui flow of a room.
Enter the home-workout-friendly resistance band! I enthusiastically recommend getting a good set of colorful resistance bands. They're compact, inexpensive, and light, which makes them perfect for home, office, or travel use.
When used correctly, you can build significant strength and muscle size using resistance bands alone. And with a little creativity, ingenuity, and videos like the one below (and this upper-body one), you can build your own resistance band exercise routine today.
In this video I demonstrate these resistance band exercises:
- Lateral Steps
- Hip Bridges
- Standing Kickbacks
- Lying Leg Extensions
- Monster Walks
- Reverse Lunge
- Kneeling kickback
I only demonstrate six reps and one set of each exercise, in a circuit. But I suggest that you go through the entire circuit two or three times, using between 10 and 12 reps in each set, depending on your fitness level and the time you have available. You will want to choose a resistance band that brings your muscles to fatigue by the end of each set.
The first time you do this workout, you may be unsure which resistance band to choose. I suggest starting with a very thin/light band at first so you don't do too much too soon. You can always increase the level of resistance in the next set or the next time you do the workout.
Check out the article called How to Use Resistance Bands for Your Home Workout to learn more about these awesome fitness tools.