Earlier in the year, I had mentioned that I started using resistance bands into my workout routine. Specifically for my glutes/hamstrings. Since then, resistance bands have become a necessity in my daily workouts.
I’ve mentioned this in my other resistance band post, but some of the reason I love incorporating them into my workouts is:
- 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.
Incorporating resistance bands into any type of workout is a good idea, but for shoulder workouts they are ideal. My shoulders tend to be pretty weak, so I don’t love piling on the weight. Incorporating the resistance bands, specifically into my shoulder workouts makes them much more doable.
Even though my shoulders have never been the strongest, they have always been one of my favorite body parts to workout. Incorporating shoulder workouts to help build those muscles up has always been a priority of mine. Plus, I love a good off-the-shoulder top 🙂
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 Shoulder Workouts Using Resistance Bands
When focusing on shoulders, I like to do 3 sets of 12-15 reps. Between each set, I usually spend 30-40 seconds jump roping as it is a great way to get some cardio in and also a great shoulder workout!
Starting in a standing position, place band underneath feet and hold the ends in your hand. Hinge at hips and lower your chest. Keeping your arms close to your body, bend your arms and pull the band to your chest. Slowly release for 1 rep.
In a seated position, with both legs extended, wrap the resistance band around the bottom of your feet and hold the ends. Sit up tall, push your chest out and shoulder blades down. Bend your elbows outward and bring the ends of the band towards your face. Return to starting position for 1 rep.
In a seated position with your legs straight out in front of you, wrap the resistance band around the bottom of your feet and hold the ends in each hand. Bend your elbows outwards and backward with your forearms parallel to the floor. Extend your elbows and return to starting position for 1 rep.
Starting in standing position, place the resistance band under your feet and hold the ends in your hands. Bending at the elbows, raise your hands to your shoulders. Slowly lower to starting position for 1 rep.
In a standing position, hold one end of the band in each hand and extend your arms overhead. Pull the band ends outwards until your arms are in line with your shoulder. Hold this position briefly. Slowly draw the arms back up to starting position for 1 rep.