Resistant Band Exercises to Add Intensity to Your Workouts

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The resistant band can take your home workout from pretty easy to difficult in just five minutes. They are easy to store, lightweight, and portable—the perfect accessory to accompany any workout. Resistance bands increase the intensity of your routines and have a variety of levels to adapt to your abilities. Here are the top three resistant band exercises to add to your workout.


There are many ways to do a squat with the resistant band. You can either put a small band around your thighs and push your knees out against the band when you go down. Or, you can use a large band and put it under your feet and on your shoulders or hold it on your arms in front of your body. You will be squatting against the resistance of the band in each scenario.

Banded Clamshell

This exercise is great for strengthening your hips and gluteus medius and adding a band makes the workout more intense and effective. Lie on your side, balancing on your elbow and forearm. Put the band on both legs above the knees, bend the knees so the feet are in line with your glutes. Keeping the waist lifted, core engaged and feet together just open and close the knees. Do 12-15 reps on each side and enjoy the burn!

Banded Tricep Extension

Take one side of a long band and put it under one of your feet and then take the other side in one of your hands, behind your back. Keep the hand and elbow close to your head and extend the arm up to the ceiling, return slowly back down to start position. Do 12 reps on each side. You’re sure to feel some burning in your arms!