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The Beginner Resistance Band Workout You Can Do At Home

The problem with training is rarely the exercises you perform, but, rather, how they are combined together into a program that will challenge and change your body.

At some point, rep-after-rep-after-rep just doesn’t do the job, no matter how hard it feels. And, this is especially true for at-home workouts. If you want to make the most of your time training, you need a plan.

We’re here to stop the randomness of bodyweight and resistance band plans. The truth is, you can completely transform your body with minimalist equipment, but only if you know how to progress week-over-week and make sure you don’t burn out your body.

Instead of using barbells or dumbbells, we’re going to maximize the use of resistance bands. This resistance band workout uses a classic workout split (push/pull/lower body or PPL) to create the ultimate 3-day muscle and strength-building split that challenges all the major muscle groups. The plan is simple enough to work for beginners and still has enough progressions (especially if you use bands with more resistance) to challenge more advanced trainees.

Push/Pull/Legs (PPL) is a 3-day muscle-building and strength-based workout split. Each workout focuses on either pushing, pulling, or your legs.

Your push workout will target primarily your upper body, specifically the chest, shoulders, and triceps.

The pull workout focuses on the backside of your body. It is built around rowing movements that target your back and biceps.

Finally, the legs workout focuses exclusively on the lower body. You’ll hit your quads, hamstrings, and glutes all in one workout.

Are you ready? Whether you’re only training at home, want to work out on the road, or just need a joint-friendly new training plan to create a spark, we break down everything you need — including a 4-week plan designed for results. 

Want more workouts? Just click the image below for an additional 12 weeks of bodyweight workouts.

Are you new to training with resistance bands?

The first question you should ask is how to set the right resistance. After all, as we mentioned, this plan can work for a beginner, and it can also challenge those who consistently work out if you add more resistance or use heavier bands.

To get the most of our resistance band workouts, you need the band to start above its “resting threshold.” In other words, before you begin any movement, you should feel the resistance in the band. Then, be sure to take your time, feel the burn, and squeeze your muscles during the workout. You want it to have constant tension through the full range of motion.

How Do You Get The Right Tension In The Band

Getting the right tension in your bands comes down to your foot placement. Get it right, and the band will resist your full range of motion. Get it wrong, and the band will be either too tight (and therefore restrict your range of motion) or not tight enough to challenge you.

Here’s a quick video on where to put your feet in the bands and how to adjust the tension.

How often should you train?

At a minimum, you should perform this workout 3 times per week. Just make sure you follow the Push, Pull, Lower body/Legs cadence. Examples for how to structure your week and when to rest are included below.

Sample workout splits you may consider:

3 Workouts Per Week

  • Monday: Leg workout
  • Tuesday: Off
  • Wednesday: Push workout (upper body workout)
  • Thursday: Off
  • Friday: Pull workout (upper body workout)
  • Saturday/Sunday: Off

3 Days On, 1-Day Off (6 Workouts Per Week)

  • Monday: Leg workout
  • Tuesday: Push workout (upper body workout)
  • Wednesday: Pull workout (upper body workout)
  • Thursday: Off
  • Friday: Leg workout
  • Saturday: Push workout (upper body workout)
  • Sunday: Pull workout (upper body workout)
  • Monday: Off
  • Tuesday: Pick back up again with the leg workout

As a starting point, perform 3 sets for the exercises we outline below. You can adjust the number of sets based on your weight training experience, or increase the sets once it feels easy. If you’re short on time, just run through all of the exercises once and the workout will take about 20 minutes.

Your 4-Week Resistance Band Workout

If you want to start challenging your body with a planned workout, try our 4-week resistance band workout. Below, you’ll find an outline of the plan, a detailed video explanation for each exercise, and a video showing the entire workout.

Legs Resistance Band Exercises

The first two movements of this workouts are what we call “primers.” Think of them as quick, workout specific warm-ups that will help you move better. They won’t require a band and can be done in just 1-2 minutes. After you complete the primers, then you move into the workout.

EXERCISE SETS/REPS
A1. Kneeling Adductor Stretch  2x :30 hold
A2. Glute Bridge 2×10
B1. Band Resisted Rear Foot Elevated Split Squat 3×10-12ea
C1. Band Resisted RDL 3×10-12
C2. Bear Crawl  3×10 yards
D1. Band Resisted Glute Bridge 3×10-15
E1. Bodyweight Squat  2×20 + :10 hold last rep

Push Resistance Band Exercises

The first two movements of this workouts are what we call “primers.” Think of them as quick, workout specific warm-ups that will help you move better. They won’t require a band and can be done in just 1-2 minutes.

EXERCISE SETS/REPS
A1. Shoulder Taps 2x8ea
A2. Single Leg Plank (:15 ea leg) 2x:30
B1. Pushups 3×10-12
B2. Band Resisted Floor Press 3×10 (squeeze at top for :2)
C1. Pike Press (or Inchworm) 3×5-12
D1. Band Resisted Lateral Raise 3×12-15
D2. Band Resisted Tricep Pressdown 3×12-15

Pull Resistance Band Exercises

The first two movements of this workouts are what we call “primers.” Think of them as quick, workout specific warm-ups that will help you move better. Use a light band for the face pull and focus on a full range of motion.

EXERCISE SETS/REPS
A1. Bird Dog 2x10ea
A2. Band Resisted Face Pull 2×10
B1. Single Arm Resistance Band Row 3×10-12ea
C1. Hollow Band Resistance Band Lat Pulldown 3×10-12
D1. Band Resisted Bent Over Row 3×10-12
E1. Resistance Band Pull Apart 3×15-20
E2. Resistance Band Hammer Curl 3×15-20

This workout program is a great start for you but if you are looking for more personalized workouts, nutrition advice, and accountability, then checkout Born Fitness Online Coaching. Everything is handled through a private app and customized to your lifestyle.

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What if you don’t have a resistance band at home?

There are many different resistance band options, but we recommend The EliteFTS Pro Monster Mini Resistance Band.

Exercise Band Video Demonstrations

Let’s go through each movement below to make sure you are doing it with proper form.

Kneeling Adductor Stretch

Glute Bridge

Band Resisted Rear Foot Elevated Split Squat

Band Resisted RDL

Bear Crawl 

Band Resisted Glute Bridge

Bodyweight Squat 

Shoulder Taps

Single-Leg Plank

Pushups

Band Resisted Floor Press

Pike Press

Band Resisted Lateral Raise

Band Resisted Tricep Pressdown

Bird Dog

Band Resisted Face Pull

Single Arm Resistance Band Row

Hollow Band Resistance Band Lat Pulldown

Band Resisted Bent Over Row

Resistance Band Pull Apart

Resistance Band Hammer Curl


Now It’s Your Turn

That’s all we have for you. Now we want to hear from you:

  • What exercise are you most excited to do?
  • What exercise split are you going to choose?
  • Or do you have a question on any of the videos we shared?

Let us know by leaving a comment below.

-BJ, Head Fitness Coach

P.S. Need more content for working out and staying healthy at home? Check out our COVID-19 page where we have more bodyweight workouts, nutrition advice, and other free content.

12 Comments

  1. With so many options for bands, is there a recommendation for a particular brand that is good quality?

    1. We really like Perform Better. He linked out in the article to a cheap version that is available on Amazon currently.

      1. Sorry, I completely missed the link on my read through of the article. Thank for both recommendations.

  2. I have enjoyed reading the information about working out with resistance bands. Due to this current climate many “workout warriors” are looking for ways to push themselves while enjoying a workout. I love working out with resistance bands. Resistance bands are in an incredible versatile piece of exercise equipment that can provide both assistance and resistance. One example of using a resistance band for assistance is an assisted pull-up, while a bent over row with resistance band can be used for strength building by resisting the band. There are multiple exercises that could be completed with the use of resistance bands. However, it is important that you chose the correct “resistance” that can challenge your workouts. I appreciate the article and look forward reading more.

    1. Thanks for reading, Jaki. We are certainly going to be putting out more content around working out and staying healthy at home.

  3. Thanks BJ, I just followed your first leg set and am pretty new to band training. I’m burning pretty good right now. Thanks for the help

  4. Excellent article, love the split, ty. I have long used bands and do love Elite FTS. However, your link led to an out of stock item on Amazon – amazing how equip. is selling out everywhere now! Dave Schmitz is known as the Band Man and can be found at www .resistancebandtraining.com

    1. Thanks for the heads up, Scott. It’s definitely incredible how home equipment is incredibly hard to find. At this point, we recommend any band you can find that isn’t too overpriced.

  5. Resistance band workout is another method or good example of performing calisthenics exercises that only requires your body weight and volume to be associated and carried with mainly strength, endurance, and flexibility. Thank you for sharing further information about the resistance band workout and giving away videos of how to properly execute and perform these certain exercises.

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