I’ve never really loved my legs. It’s just that little, unnecessary, nit-picking that us women seem to constantly do to ourselves. BUT the more I workout and the more focus I put on my legs, while working out, the more I appreciate them. So I’m just going to stick with it.
To be more specific, when it comes to working out my legs, I love working my glutes and hamstrings.
Just recently I started incorporating resistance bands in my glute/hamstring routine and I’ve come to absolutely love it.
A few good things about a resistance band workout:
- It can be done pretty much anywhere. No gym membership needed!
- You can easily get a full body workout using just the resistance bands.
- Resistance bands will work your muscles in different ways than weighted exercises. It’s a great way to switch up or add something more to your routine.
- Resistance bands usually come in different resistance levels; light, medium and heavy. So you can easily adapt any exercise to your fitness level.
Now that you know why I love resistance bands, I wanted to share my favorite ways to incorporate them for a killer glute/hamstring workout.
A few things first:
- This isn’t necessarily meant to be a routine. More of a round-up of my favorite exercises.
- When doing these exercises make sure to keep your core tight throughout each move.
- Be sure to use slow, controlled movements with each exercise.
5 Resistance Band Exercises For Your Glutes & Hamstrings
I typically do 3 sets of 12-15 reps of each exercise, but that can totally be modified to fit what you are comfortable with!
1. Donkey Kicks
Place band just above your knees. Get down on all fours with your hands placed under your shoulders and your knees under your hips. Kick left leg up, being sure to keep your foot flexed and your knee bent. Return leg to floor for 1 rep. Repeat with other leg.
With the resistance band placed just above your knees, stand with you feet shoulder-width apart. As you bend at your knees, keep your weight in your heels and push your booty down and back. Return to standing position for 1 rep.
3. Hip Thrusts
Place resistance band just above knees and lie on the ground with your knees bend and feet placed about shoulder-width apart. Slowly press your hips up until they become level with your knees. Hold at top for a few seconds and then slowly lower back down for 1 rep.
Lie on your side with the resistance band placed just above your knees. Stack knees on top of each other and bend at approximately a 90 degree angle. Keeping hips straight, raise your top knee while keeping your feet together. Lower knee to starting position for 1 rep. Repeat on other leg.
5. Fire Hydrants
Positioned on all fours and with the resistance band placed just above knees, lift your left knee out to the side while being sure to keep your hips straight. Lower to starting position for 1 rep. Repeat with other leg.
Killer leg/booty resistance band exercises you can do anywhere. Does it get any better than that?