If you've never tried resistance bands, or you're new to them, you may be surprised at how much benefit you can get from what is essentially a reinforced rubber band.
Resistance bands are made of sturdy, thin rubber with handles at the ends, and come in different levels of resistance. With resistance bands, you can do just about any type of strength training exercise -- chest presses, rows, shoulder presses, tricep extensions, bicep curls, and even squats and lunges -- without the need for heavy weights.
10 Benefits of Including Resistance Bands to Your Workouts
Resistance bands are inexpensive and can be purchased for under $10 and kits can be found for under $40.
2. Multiple Fitness Levels
Resistance bands are designed for every fitness level, beginner to advanced. They come in a variety of resistances, including light, medium and heavy, and you can further adjust the intensity of your resistance-band workouts by giving the band more or less slack. You can even use multiple bands at once to increase the challenge.
3. Use with Familiar Exercises
You can use familiar strength training moves with resistance bands. For instance, resistance bands can replace the weights you use for biceps curls, or can increase the intensity of your push-ups.
4. Full-Body Exercises
Resistance bands can be used for a full-body workout that challenges virtually every major muscle group in your body.
5. Little Space Needed
Resistance bands take up virtually no space to store them, which means you can use them at home even if you have very little extra space.
6. Convenient for Travelling
Resistance bands are lightweight and easily portable. You can stash them in your suitcase when travelling and use them to get a good workout right in your hotel room.
Your muscles quickly adapt to movements you do often, which is why adding variety to your workouts is key for challenging your muscles. Resistance bands can be alternated with free weights, body weight moves, or exercise machines to keep the variety.
8. Easy to Use
Resistance bands can be safely used on your own without need a partner. They're ideal for exercising any time, at home or on the road.
9. Can Be Combined with Other Equipment
Resistance bands can be used along with weights, allowing you to get the benefits of two types of exercises at once.
10. An Effective Workout
Resistance bands are simple and effective at working your muscles. Additionally, resistance-band training can help you boost stamina, flexibility and range of motion.
Below are some easy and effective resistance band workouts you can do anywhere. It is KEY to check your bands before each use to make sure there is no fraying or tear in the bands. If you see this, please replace them. You could end up snapping yourself with a band and I am sure that doesn't feel pretty.
Do you use resistance bands for strength training? What are your thoughts?
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