20 minute Vacation Resistance Band Workout

When we got away for our babymoon, I knew it would be easy to get out for walks and runs but also threw my resistance band in our bag in case I’d have time for a short strength workout.

I often forget about my resistance band at home, but it makes a great workout! And it’s one of the easiest pieces of equipment to travel with- smaller, lighter and much more compact than my sneakers.

Here’s the workout I came up with, focused mostly on upper body with some legs and higher intensity cardio thrown in:

Vacation Resistance Band Workout

If you’re unfamiliar with any of these moves, check out the video tutorial links:


Upright Rows

Overhead Shoulder Press

Bicep Concentration Curl

Rear Delt Fly (I stand in chair pose)

Lawn Mower Pull

Overhead Tricep Extension

Ideally, you want to use a high quality resistance band with rubber or padded handles for comfort, something like this, which you should be able to find for $12-$20:

Do you incorporate resistance bands into your strength routine?

How do you stay active on vacation?


36 thoughts on “20 minute Vacation Resistance Band Workout

  1. Nice job.

    With vacations I often find just running in the early am is good for me. I run before people wake up and then I’m done by 8 when most people are starting their day.
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  2. Great workout! Right now I’m using a resistance band exclusively and it’s quite the workout. I’m seeing a difference in my arms that I didn’t think I would. I love the Lawn Mower move. It’s great for the core as well.
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  3. I usually do body weight exercises/running/walking while on vacation. Resistance bands are great for anyone because even if you really don’t know the exact exercise, just pulling on it is doing it’s job!
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  4. Babymoon, still love that word! Hehe! I do have resistance bands, but I use the smaller loop ones that go around your ankles or quads. They are one of the most important exercises in my routine….strengthen all those little muscles around the hips that make us vulnerable to injuries. Thanks for more ideas ๐Ÿ™‚
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  5. I have a figure 8 resistance band right now and have no clue what to do with it. I am not a fan in general cause I never know hwo to hold them for the correct resistance. I would LIKE to though!

  6. Great workout for a vacation! I just got back from vacation and last minute had to come up with strength stuff I could do without a gym or anything. I always forget that resistance bands provide such a good workout too. It’s one of those forgotten pieces of equiptment!
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  7. I really need to get a resistance band. I’m going away for three weeks in 2 weeks and I really want to stay active while I’m on vacation. I’m thinking I should get a resistance band and a jump rope. Not sure if I will be able to run yet (safety reasons). Thanks for sharing!
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  8. Being a runner resistance workouts are really important to build strength and stamina. Using resistance bands is a great way to accomplish my workouts. Also on vacation it’s easy to forget to run each morning because after all, you’re on vacation (LOL) but I really push myself to workout early in the morning that way it’s done before anyone else wakes up. Great post, thanks a lot!
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