I have purchased so much home workout equipment and, out of all, the most cost-effective and versatile equipment has to be the various resistance bands. I include them in almost all of my workout programs. Resistance bands offer a wide range of workouts that do wonders for the body.
Here are 5 reasons why you should start resistance band training, too:
Small, portable, and space savers – resistance bands make great travel-friendly workout equipment as they can easily fit into your luggage compared to free weights. Whenever I travel, I always bring my bands with me, which allows me to stay consistent with a workout routine.
2. Mechanical Advantage
Unlike free weights, resistance bands provide resistance in all parts of the movements (concentric & eccentric), which allow your muscles to work hard and remain controlled throughout the movement.
3. Multiple plains of motion & core stability
Resistance bands allow many ranges of motion and your body is able to move in multiple plains of motion easily. They also allow multiple muscle engagement. Due to the accelerated force, bands require you to neurologically control your movements. When using bands, I often use all my core strength so that I can control the bands without snapping them across my face or body.
4. Easy on the joints
Joints love resistance bands. Resistance bands don’t depend on gravity and allow many rotational movements, which takes the pressure off the joints. No more aches!
5. Endless creativity and variety
If you get bored with workouts, bands can be a safe and effective tool to incorporate into your circuits. I often like to use resistance bands to safely activate the muscles I am planning on training. I also mix bands into my workout as a super-set, and use them to activate and train my core muscles to stabilize, fix imbalances, or even for stretching.
Resistance bands come in multiple weights and sizes. It is important to “know your fitness level” because, trust me, bands will humble you. More often than not, I switch between a lighter resistance band to a medium. The heavy band, I use for assisted pull-ups or certain leg movements. Mini bands are also a great addition to have in your gym bag. I absolutely love using mini bands to activate my glutes on my lower body focused days. The creativity is endless with bands and you should give it a try! You can purchase great bands from Amazon. Some of my favorite brands for resistance bands include 4KOR Fitness, X-bands, Rogue Monster bands, Fretoo, Slingshot bands, and Neeboofit (mini bands). I also like “tube” bands by Reehut, which I purchased through Amazon as well. These come as a whole set with various sizes.
Below are a few ways you can use resistance bands this fall… anywhere! My suggestion would be to divide the movements into circuits and insert a high-intensity body weight move in-between to assure your heart rate goes up and you get the most out of your workout.
Here is an example circuit:
- Resistance band front squats x 10, 12, or 15 reps
- High-intensity move: burpees x 30 seconds
- Resistance band seated rows x 10, 12, or 15 reps
- High-intensity move: mountain climbers x 30 seconds
You can rest 2-3 minutes after the entire circuit and repeat this circuit 2 more times or create another similar one using the other banded movements.
Hope you’ll give resistance bands a try! I know you’ll be addicted the moment you get into that groove.