Upper Body Resistance Band Workout

Side view of a sporty young woman using resistance band in fitne

Great workout for travel!


Warm Up

10 of each for 5-10 minutes (modify cardio exercises as needed to meet your fitness level and take breaks between rounds if necessary)

  1. High Knees
  2. Oblique Twists
  3. Lunge Jumps
  4. Ball Slams

Section 1 – Compound Muscle Exercises

8-10 of each exercise for 5 sets

  1. Push ups
  2. Resistance Chest Press (anchor band under legs of bench. Lay flat on bench and grab handle/end of band in each hand, start with elbows bent 90 degrees like a goal post by your sides and press hands up and together, return to start position.)

Section 2 – Targeted Muscle Exercises

Muscle Group 1- Back

8-10 of each exercise for 3 sets

  1. Seated Row (sit on floor with legs straight out, hook the band around the bottoms of your feet and pull back, keeping elbows tucked close to your sides, squeezing with your back. Return to start position.)
  2. Lat pulldown (Anchor band overhead on horizontal bar and kneel in front of it. Grab ends of bands with each hand, with arms mostly straight, and pull down to about shoulder level. Return to start position)
  3. Reverse fly (stand on center of band, cross bands and hold one end in each hand. Bend over and pull bands out to sides keeping arms mostly straight, return to starting position.)

Muscle Group 2 – Arms

8-10 of each exercise for 3 sets

  1. Overhead press ( stand on center of band and grab one end in each hand. Start with palms facing forward, elbows at 90 degrees in goal post formation. Press arms straight up and together, return to start.)
  2. Biceps Curls (stand on center of band and grab one end in each hand. Start with arms extended down at sides and pull the bands up towards shoulders with both hands)
  3. Triceps kickbacks (stand in a forward lunge position (slightly bent at waist) standing on band with front foot. Hold each end of the band and have bent arms with elbows tucked close to your body. Bend your elbow pulling the band back behind you while extending your arm. Return to starting position. After 8-10 reps repeat on other arm)

Section 3 – Abdominal Exercises

Do 15-20 of each

  1. Plank (1 minute)
  2. Crunches
  3. Bicycle crunches
  4. Russian Twist
  5. Leg lifts

Cool Down and Stretch

  1. Arm across body, pull with opposite arm
  2. Bent arm overhead, pull elbow with opposite hand
  3. Stretch on bar, arms behind and pulling chest forward


** To move lactic acid and elevate your heart rate, cardio intervals can be added in between each section or each set**


Disclaimer: FitCrush takes no responsibility for what you do in your own workouts. These workouts are recommended guidelines only. If something hurts, stop immediately and do not repeat the exercise. If you injure yourself while exercising call your doctor for guidance. Make your trainer aware at your next group exercise class or personal training session if you have been dealing with an injury so they can offer modifications if necessary.


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