By Thomas King, MSc, CSCS, CEP

Given the positive reception that we had to the “2 Dumbbell At-Home Workout”, I decided to provide another great at-home workout for the JKC fitness community and the community at large. This time, it will be a workout for those that may only have a single resistance band. 

Like the previous workout, this one will be a complex as well which means that you will do all the 5 of the exercises before taking a break. For this complex try doing 5 total sets of 15 reps per exercise. As before, do all 15 reps of each exercise before moving on to the next. Once you have reached the end of the complex, rest 90-seconds and repeat. Do 4-6 sets.

For added benefit, add our “5 At-Home Stretches for Total Body Flexibility” to the beginning of this workout.

Exercise 1: Band Medium Sumo Deadlift

  1. Set-up your band as seen in the pictures below (See “Sumo Deadlift Set-up (Side)” and “Sumo Deadlift Set-up (Front)”).
  2. Grab the band firmly with both hands, sit your hips down and push your chest out to achieve a neutral spine.
  3. Push your feet through the floor and stand up with the band. Engage your glutes forcefully to finish the rep.
  4. Lower to the starting position and repeat for 15 total reps.
Sumo Deadlift Set-up (Side)
Sumo Deadlift Set-up (Front)
Sumo Deadlift Finish (Side)
Sumo Deadlift Finish (Front)

Exercise 2: Band Bent Over Rows

  1. Set-up your band as seen in the pictures below (See “Band Bent Over Row Set-up (Side)” and “Band Bent Over Row Set-up (Front)”).
  2. Firmly hold the band and pull your elbows upwards while consciously squeezing your shoulder blades together. Be sure to keep your chest pushed out to maintain a neutral spine.
  3. Lower to the starting position and repeat for 15 total reps.
Band Bent Over Row Set-up (Side)
Band Bent Over Row Set-up (Front)
Band Bent Over Row Top Position (Side)
Band Bent Over Row Top Position (Front)

Exercise 3: Band Floor Press

  1. Lay your band on the floor and lie on top of it while grabbing each end with either arm (See “Band Floor Press Set-up” below).
  2. Keep your wrists neutral and push your hands away from you and towards the sky.
  3. Return under control to the starting position and repeat for 15 total reps
Band Floor Press Set-up
Band Floor Press Finish Position

Exercise 4: Band Split Squat

  1. Loop on end of the band around your head and the other end around your lead foot while standing tall (See “Band Split Squat Set-up” below).
  2. Control you descent while squatting down until the trailing knee gently makes contract with the floor.
  3. Push your front foot into the floor and stand tall again to complete the rep.
  4. Do 15 reps per side.
Band Split Squat Set-up
Band Split Squat Bottom Position

Exercise 5: Band Low to High Chop

  1. Step into the band a grab it firmly with both hands (See “Band Low to High Chop Set-up” below).
  2. Slightly bend the knees and hips to achieve an “athletic” stance.
  3. Rotating through the obliques bring your hands to a position above your opposite shoulder (See “Band Low to High Chop finish” below).
  4. Return the band under control to the starting position.
  5. Do 15 reps per side.
Band Low to High Chop Set-up
Band Low to High Chop Finish Position

Thanks to everyone for giving this blog post a read and giving the workout a try. I would also like to say thank-you for the great reception that you all gave to the “2 Dumbbell At-Home Workout” blog post. We at JKC are happy we can help everyone keep fitness in their lives during this stressful time.

~Thomas 🏋️‍♀️

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I started at JKC in January of 2014 and I’m 67 years old. When I had my Initial Assessment, I knew – almost immediately – that Jon knew what he was doing and what he was talking about. I was overweight, out of shape, and in serious need of someone, like Jon, who could get me back on a fitness/conditioning routine that suited me, my age, my less than acceptable physical condition, my sometimes intermittent RA, and my need for a structured, consistent and yet flexible training and conditioning program that would work for me.

Fundamentally, if I made a choice at all with respect to JKC – it was to continue to come back each week. I have not been in a lot of gyms. To be honest, they used to intimidate me. What makes JKC different is their approach to each and every one of their clients. Jon and Thomas – and now Craig – tailor each training regime to the particular needs of each client. That ensures that the training regime will suit each client upon the start of training and changes as the client improves. It adjusts for any physical setbacks such as injuries and it adjusts for success. It is just that simple.

It is also the consistent encouragement that comes from Jon, Thomas and Craig. That voice that comes to you while you are in the middle of a particularly difficult set – rear-foot elevated split squats comes to mind immediately – that says “good job” or “keep it up” or “just a couple more reps.” To know, in that moment, that you are not alone and the trainer is paying attention to what you are doing. That is priceless for me.

I have never previously seen the passion and level of care that Jon and Thomas bring to everyone who works out at JKC. Their knowledge, insight and skills are extraordinary, and they work with everyone individually to ensure the best possible results. The attention to detail and to every person’s specific requirements and goals, and the incredible, constant encouragement they provide, is, in my opinion, what truly distinguishes JKC from any other program in which I’ve participated. I am extremely pleased with the progress I’ve achieved thus far, and it’s largely attributable to Jon and Thomas and the approach they take to training and working with people.

I chose JKC because I row/coach teams in the St. John’s Regatta and was looking to add strength training to our program. My wife is also running friends with Julia, so I got to meet Jon a few times and heard lots of good things. I like JKC over other gyms because of the level coaching I receive and the gym atmosphere. The energy in the gym helps me through the tough workouts.

I had virtually no real experience using weights and felt intimidated going gyms. I avoided gym-goers using free weights, especially when hearing that loud crash, as they would drop weights to the floor. I thought this was to show everyone around them that they owned that area and that I shouldn’t go anywhere near! So I guess I just wanted to learn how to lift weights safely in a gym environment.

I spent over 18 years in the British Military, so I got to use some nice gyms. 99% of my time and experiences in those gyms was spent doing cardiovascular workouts, because I could just jump on a treadmill, plug in my head phones and do my own thing! JKC is different, because they have given me the confidence to use free weights and equipment that I had feared for years. Their demonstrations and knowledge is impeccable and I thank them for their continuous belief and support they show me at every session.

I saw an article in Men’s Journal that quoted Jon in about 2018 while traveling and was impressed that someone in St. John’s made that international magazine.  Jon spoke about an exercise called the Farmer’s Walk and I started working that into my routine at the YMCA. I tore that article out of the magazine and kept it, meaning to make contact, but got busy. Then I had lunch with an old friend Bruce Dyke. I hadn’t seen Bruce for a while and I remarked that he looked super healthy and fit. He told me about his, and his son Cas’, experience at JKC and then I remembered the Men’s Journal article! No coincidences!

The experience is unique on many levels – great people, camaraderie, passion, purpose, and dedication. Jon and Thomas are attentive, precise and understanding.  Their teaching has unlocked a new perspective for me with what our bodies are capable of. I still appreciate the YMCA, wonderful place, but I can’t imagine working out without Jon and Thomas now.

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