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Free Fitness Friday: Upper Body Resistance Band Workout (prenatal approved)

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Happy Friday, fit friends! Here is another FUN and FAST workout for you to strengthen your upper body in no time at all! The best part is that you don't need tons of fancy equipment or time to fit in a great workout with this Upper Body Resistance Band Workout and it is easily modifiable for any fitness level and any stage in pregnancy!

This Week's Free Workout: Upper Body Resistance Band Workout

Upper Body Resistance Band Workout (prenatal approved)

How to perform this Upper Body Resistance Band Workout: 

This workout is very simple to set up (all you need is a light-weight resistance band and a bench or sturdy chair to sit on) and can be done in any timeframe that you have (anywhere from 15-30 minutes), but should be done at a fast-pace and with minimal rest. You can even fit this circuit in at the end of a workout for an extra calorie burn! Complete all exercises in a row for 1 round, rest for 1 minute, then begin with the first exercise for round 2. Complete as many rounds as you can in the time you have! (Try for 3-6 rounds!) ** For my pregnant mommas - please be sure to maintain a conversation pace and focus on balance and form (not speed). You should be able to carry a conversation throughout this workout and rest for 1-2 minutes between sets. Aim for 2-3 sets. Always begin with a full body warm-up for 10 minutes (walking or spinning) and cool down for at least 5 minutes following this workout. Always consult with your Doctor before beginning an exercise routine and get cleared for exercise before attempting these workouts. ** 

As always, be sure to warm up before beginning the first round and cool down and stretch when you are finished.

Round 1:

  • 10 lateral raises (seated) 
  • 10 front raises (seated) 
  • 10 upright rows (standing) 
  • 10 chest presses (standing) 
  • 10 bent over tricep kickbacks
  • 10 bent over rows
  • 10 hammer curls (standing) 

Check out this short video to see how each exercise is performed and to ensure that you have proper form throughout each exercise!

And that's a wrap! A quick, yet effective workout that targets your upper body in no time at all! As you can see by the end of the video, even simple workouts like this one can be very challenging at this stage in the pregnancy game (35 weeks), but I actually felt great after this workout and I know you will too! Just remember to move however it feels best and to not push yourself too hard! 

Less than 5 more weeks to go until I get to meet our sweet little boy! 

Have a wonderful workout and a great weekend ahead!