Full body workout: this resistance band workout can come with you on your staycation

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Our Strong Women ambassador Emma Obayuvana shows us how to strength train using only a resistance band in this quick and effective 10 minute full-body workout. 

Good news: resistance bands are back in stock. Which is lucky for us, because they’re the perfect piece of traveling (or home workout) gear.

Resistance bands mean that your living room doesn’t have to house your metal plates (those iron dumbbells aren’t doing anything for our boho-themed interiors) and they can be tossed into your bag for park workouts or weekend trips away – especially now that staycations are a thing.

Bands are effective strength training tools because they can target every single muscle in your body. Try these three exercises to strengthen your legs, glutes, back, chest and arms, for a quick-yet-effective full body workout.

And look, you still have room to pack more shoes – what a winner. 

BANDED FRONT SQUAT

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Full body workout: Strong Women ambassador Emma Obayuvana demonstrates banded front squats using a resistance band in this quick 10 minute workout
  1. Step onto the long loop band so that it is placed under the middle of your foot – keeping your feet hip-width apart. 
  2. Take the other end of the band into your hands, palms facing away from the body and hold it at shoulder height (arms bent). 
  3. Squat down while keeping your back straight, tailbone tucked under and chest lifted. 
  4. As you return your body back up to standing position, push through your heels and squeeze the glutes. You should feel resistance in your thighs throughout this movement. 

Do 10 reps

SINGLE ARM BANDED ROW

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Full body workout: Strong Women ambassador Emma Obayuvana demonstrates single arm banded row using a resistance band in this quick 10 minute workout
  1. Sit on the floor with your knees slightly bent. 
  2. Loop the band across the mid sole of your right foot. 
  3. Hold the other end of the band in your right hand.
  4. Bend your arm to pull the resistance band toward your chest. Keep your arm tucked in to your ribs.
  5. Shoulders should be back and down. You should feel this in your back, lats and shoulders. 
  6. Slowly extend your arm to return the band back to the starting position. 

Do 10 reps

BANDED FLOOR PRESS

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Full body workout: Strong Women ambassador Emma Obayuvana demonstrates banded floor press using a resistance band in this quick 10 minute workout
  1. Lie down with your feet flat on the floor so legs are bent. 
  2. Place the resistance band underneath your back and grab the opposite end of the band with each hand. 
  3. Bend your elbows so that your fists point upwards, towards the ceiling, and your arms are far apart from each other. 
  4. Press your arms up toward the sky so that your fists come together above your chest – making sure that your back remains flat to the floor throughout the entire movement. 
  5. Slowly lower back down to the starting position. 

Do 10 reps. Rest 60 seconds. Repeat for a total of 3 rounds. 

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