You’ve seen them at the gym and in workout videos but you’ve never tried them yourself. Are you curious about resistance bands but not sure where to start?
Here, we’ll go over what resistance bands are, their benefits, and how to use them yourself.
What are Resistance Bands?
Resistance bands come in a few varieties depending on their shape and thickness.
Some resistance bands are long strips of rubbery, stretchy material. Others are formed into circles. Others look more like rubber ropes with handles on the end.
Thickness matters too. The thicker the material, the more resistance they create. You can use them in countless ways to change and intensify your workouts.
While there’s no right or wrong way to use resistance bands, there are clear benefits to making them work for you.
Benefits of Using Resistance Bands
Resistance bands are one of the most cost-effective ways to work out. A set pf resistance bands usually costs under AED 250. This is a steal for the amount of work they can do. When purchasing your first set, choose a variety pack with different shapes, sizes, and resistance levels.
Perfect for All Fitness Levels
No matter whether you’re a beginner or an extreme gym junkie – everyone can benefit from resistance bands.
The various band strengths – usually light, medium, and heavy – make them suitable for all fitness levels. Double them up for a more intense workout or use them to modify more difficult exercises. More on that later.
Simple to Store
Tight on space? No worries! Resistance bands take up such little space that you can pretty much store them anywhere. Roll them up and stick them in a bedroom drawer or hang them on hooks already installed in the garage. They’re thin and take up hardly any room at all.
Light and Portable
And not only are resistance bands easily storable, but they’re also light and portable too. This makes mobile workouts simple. The only downside is that you no longer have an excuse not to work out on your vacation.
Of course, there are many extremely effective ways to get the most out of your training schedule. Resistance bands are simply another way to boost that effectiveness.
Adding a resistance band means that you’re not only getting the burn of pulling the weight from a motionless starting position, but you’re also getting the burn from reaching the end of the movement when the band is most taut.
Essentially, adding resistance bands to the exercises you already do gives you the best of both worlds.
How to Use Resistance Bands
Use Resistance Bands as a Modifier
Resistance bands offer – you guessed it… resistance, they’re great tools for modifying exercises. They’re especially useful with exercises that you might be having trouble with.
For example, say you’re working on pull-ups but your upper body strength isn’t quite there yet. Wrapping a resistance band from the bar to below your feet gives you that extra bit of support.
Use Resistance Bands to Intensify a Workout
Resistance bands intensify your workouts by not only contributing to weight loss but to strengthening and toning as well.
Say you’re working on your booty with some tried and true hip raises. You can create a deeper burn by adding a resistance band over your hips force you to push your hips against the resistance.
Use Resistance Bands to Stretch
Stretching is a important aspect of training and resistance bands can help. Say you have super tight hamstrings and you’re having trouble stretching the area. Wrapping a resistance band around your foot while lying on your back can help assist you to bring your leg toward you.
Use Resistance Bands For a Full Body Workout
Overall, resistance bands are the ultimate full-body workout. They can work your arms during leg day or fire up your abs when you thought you were training your shoulders. It adds that extra layer to your gym session that works your whole body at once without changing anything else.
So, next time you see a few resistance bands lying around the gym, give them a try. Prepare to be sore in the morning!