20-Minute Resistance Band Workout

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About This Workout
Our members asked us for more workout options that can be done at a desk. Like our popular Desk Workout, you need very little space to do these seated exercises. This workout will take you through a series of 10 exercises that work all of your major muscle groups, and end with seated stretches for the deskbound exerciser.
  • Length: 20 minutes
  • Equipment: A sturdy chair and a resistance band
  • Type of Workout: Strength training (toning) & flexibility
  • Muscles Worked: Most major muscle groups (chest, upper back, shoulders, biceps, triceps, abs, obliques, lower back, hips, quads, outer thighs, calves)
  • Fitness Level: Beginner to intermediate; because you sit in a chair the entire time, this video may also be suitable for individuals with limited mobility (see Extra Tip below).
  • Impact: Low-impact
  • Safety Precautions: Warm up before starting this workout and wear athletic shoes.
  • Extra Tip: This workout starts with upper body exercises, progresses to core (abs) exercises, and ends with lower body exercises, making it suitable for individuals with limited mobility and/or disabilities. A person who has limited use of her legs, for example, can complete the first (and possibly second) set of exercises, which focus on the upper body and core. You can fast forward to the sections of the video that apply to you.

Member Comments

  • This was a great exercise video for me. I did not have to modify it due to my stroke a month ago. I was pleased with that. I still need to work on my breathing. But it was a good work out. - 7/18/2015 9:53:04 PM
  • if you go to YouTube and type in SparkPeople you will find the same videos and you should be able to download if you get the free YTD Video Downloader.

    just FYI - since I am limited in how much bandwidth I can use, I like to download to my computer too. - 5/14/2015 6:58:42 PM
  • Excellent to do in my office over lunch. Thank you.
    - 5/12/2015 6:34:27 AM
  • I bought a new set of bands in February. Looks like it's time to get them out of that handy-dandy bag they're stored in. - 5/4/2015 3:59:07 PM
  • I love this video, I'm wondering how can I do the knee crossing they might be too much for my knee's. Both need replacing !! While I'm here, HOW can I download the video's to my computer?????? It would keep me in proper form as I don't exercise correctly!!! Printed instruction just don't work for me I need to see it !!! I would prefer doing the exercise's as I watch them!!! - 5/3/2015 10:50:53 PM
  • very good strength and toning exersise video - 4/6/2015 7:11:00 PM
  • Thank you. Thank you so much for this email chair workout video. I have osteoarthritis in both knees. My good knee went out on me this past week and I have not been able to walk at all, in fact had to buy a walker to get around my house and still with great difficultly. It's been a catch 22 for me. The past few months I can not get to the swimming pool or do floor exercises, leaving me to sit or lay. I'm just putting the 50 lbs back on that I lost last year making it even more difficult to move around. Vicious circle. So thank you for these band chair exercises. I will definitely be doing them this week. And thank you for the wake up call. Most the emails you email me on exercise are so advanced there is no possible way I can do any of them, let alone get on the floor, I'd never get up again! So finally I received one that I could accomplish. Didn't think to search such a thing. Now I know!.
    - 3/31/2015 12:46:10 PM
  • Love the work out! - 3/20/2015 10:02:05 AM
  • I've had my resistance band for several years, and it has spent that entire time in the closet. This was my first workout with it. I have a very physical job (I stand at a counter all day, chopping fruit and veggies). The legs portion really opened up my eyes!! Apparently, I'm weak in my quads, which might explain the knee problems I've been having. This is a good thing!!

    Thank you Coach Nicole!!!
    - 3/11/2015 12:35:58 PM
  • Tis is harder than one would expect. I worked up a sweat!!!!! Love Nicole's workout. She's so easy to follow!!! - 2/26/2015 3:16:47 PM
  • This is my favourite. I do it 3 times a week. Great for people with limited ability. - 2/25/2015 6:10:43 PM
  • Watch out for LONG HAIRED people when you put the band behind you.

    It took a long time to separate my hair and my band, especially at the back of the head.

    Pat in Maine - 2/25/2015 10:09:22 AM
  • Fitcord.com has resistance bands that are covered so you don't get slapped in the face when the band breaks. - 2/24/2015 10:07:25 AM
  • I just bought resistance bands,this video was very helpful as how to use them. - 2/20/2015 11:51:39 PM
  • Great video! Instructions, guide and visual example of moves makes it easy to watch and do. Excellent for travel. - 1/1/2015 11:37:35 AM