When you think sexy arms and shoulders, you might think Summer dresses and bikinis! But a toned upper body never goes out of fashion. Let’s look at 5 exercises to tone and sculpt the shoulders and arms in this resistance band upper body workout.
Honestly, I love using resistance tubing for home workouts. It’s versatile and compact. This is a review of the resistance tubing set I used. For a video of all the movements the hit play below.
Resistance Band Upper Body Exercises
Warming up is essential for any workout. So start with some gentle mobilization for the shoulders and arms. Maybe some arms circles. Or, do some air swimming. Maybe even get down on the floor and flap your butterfly wings.
Start with the feet under the hips, standing on the resistance band. Have the arms down by the sides holding the handles with the palms facing towards each other. Keep the knees soft and abs lightly engaged. Slowly lift the arms out to the sides, raising the hands level with the shoulders and lower back down with control.
Repeat for 12 reps, then complete one minute of jump rope. Repeat this resistance band upper body exercise mini circuit three times before moving on to the next set.
Begin standing on your resistance band with the feet under the hips. Again, the arms down by the sides holding the handles. This time, the palms facing up. Keep the knees soft and abs engaged. Bend at the elbow raising the hands to the shoulders.Lower with control.
Again, repeat for 12 reps. Afterwards, complete one minute of jump rope. Repeat this bicep curl circuit three times.
Again starting with the same standing position with the arms down by the sides holding the handles. This time, palms facing back behind you. From the shoulder lift the arms in front, to shoulder height, and lower with control. Keeping the knees soft and abs engaged,
Repeating again for 12 reps, then complete one minute of jump rope. This mini circuit can be repeated up to three times before moving onto the next exercise in this resistance band upper body workout.
Begin kneeling, or sitting, on the floor. The resistance band should be anchored to something behind you. Holding the handles, raise the arms overhead with the elbows pointing up and elbows bent to 90°. The palms facing in towards each other, or down to the floor. Keeping the core engaged, extend the elbow straightening the arms.
When extended the biceps will stay by the ears, keeping the elbows and upper arms in. and lower back down with control. Repeat for 12 reps, then complete one minute of jump rope. Repeat this triceps extension exercise set three times.
Begin kneeling on the floor, with the resistance band anchored to your side. Hold both of the handles. Raise the arm furthest away from the anchor out to the side and parallel to the floor. Start with the elbow up and bent. Keeping the upper arm parallel to the floor, extend the elbow straightening the arm. Return hand to shoulder with control.
Repeat for 12 reps, then repeat on the other arm. Again, afterwards perhaps do one minute of jump rope. Repeat this triceps pull exercise circuit three times. Once completed, finish with a nice stretch for the arms and shoulders!
Resistance band upper body workout questions
- Have you done resistance band workouts before?
- Which upper body area is your “problem zone”
- What workouts do you do at home?