Exercise Bands for Legs, Glutes & Core: 20 Minute Workout
Sometimes quick workouts are the best because they’re the easiest to fit into your life schedule, do regularly and keep doing for a long time.
Do something regularly for long enough, it becomes a habit. And good habits are what make you a better person.
The good thing about this workout is that it takes up minimal space and all you need is an exercise band (pictured). The simplest and cheapest kind of resistance band, available pre-cut in lengths of 1.2 or 2m, they’re perfect for exercising your legs, glutes and core muscles.
Using exercise bands for legs is a great way to intensify your workout and develop your thigh, hip and glute muscles. They’re also very effective for doing abdominal exercises.
The elastic properties of resistance bands give them many advantages over weights (which you can read about in this article). And they fit right in your pocket so you can take them anywhere.
This exercise band workout has 8 exercises for legs, glutes and core which you can do as a circuit. Aim to do three circuits in total and 10-15 reps for each exercise.
20 minute workout using exercise bands for legs, glutes and core:
Stand on the centre of the band, feet roughly shoulder width apart. Hold the other ends at neck height, braced firmly. slowly squat down until your thighs are parallel to the floor, then drive your body back up to the start position.
#2 Kneeling Crunch
Loop the band over an object at head height. Kneel down, holding both ends of the band next to your ears. Use your abdominal muscles to curl your body down, pulling the band taut.
#3 Lying Kick
Lie on your back with one knee raised and the band looped around your foot. Hold onto the ends of the band and brace your arms at your sides. Kick your leg out, extending fully, then return to start.
#4 Bridge Thrust
Place the band around your waist. Lie facing up with your hands under your body, holding the band and pushing downwards. Lift your hips as high as possible, pulling the band taut.
#5 Wood Chop
Attach the band to a point above head height. Bend from the waist, pulling the band down towards the opposite foot. Contract your abdominal muscles and hold briefly.
Start with feet roughly hip-width apart, band looped around your feet, toes slightly out. Keeping your lower back arched, bend from the waist and knees to grasp the band. Lift the chest and straighten the upper back, head looking forward. Stand up, pulling the band taut.
#7 Resisted Lunge
Stand with one foot on the centre of the band, holding onto the ends. Lower yourself into a deep lunge position. Driving through the front leg, bring yourself back to the starting position.
#8 Donkey Kick
Start in a kneeling position with the band looped around your foot and holding on to the ends. Kick your leg back and up towards the ceiling. Squeeze your glutes and hold for a moment.