Resistance bands are some of the most diverse and mobile pieces of equipment available. Convenient for taking on trips away due to their lightweight and compact nature, they act as a great alternative to multiple heavy dumbbells.
An advantage of using resistance bands is that tension is put through the muscle at all times. With some free weight exercises muscle tension can be lost, therefore decreasing the amount of muscle damage, and therefore growth, that is seen.
When picking the resistance band for the exercise you’re doing you have to ensure the band gives you sufficient resistance, even at the bottom of the exercise. However, you need to be strong enough to control the band on the eccentric phase so it doesn’t ping back and lose tension. This can often be changed slightly by changing the length of the band itself, for example by moving your feet further apart if stood on it, this will make the exercise harder.
Resistance bands are convenient for taking on trips away due to their lightweight and compact nature
It’s worth adding you can also double-up on your bands, so you can attach and mix up the strength of each band to add resistance. Resistance bands are available in two styles. Thin rubber cables which fasten to a hand attachment as in the photos below. These are our choice for flyes and hammer curls. The other style is one large elastic band, without a handle. These bands are our choice for assisted pull-ups and squatting.
Resistance bands are definitely worth the money. It’s good to have them just in case the gym is shut or there’s a day you can’t get there but want to workout, break out the resistance bands and get a great workout in.
Here are a few of our favourite resistance band exercises. Try running through the 7 band exercises in one session.
Before you continue, please remember that you need to warm up.
If are are unsure about some of the terms used in this article, it’s worth having a quick read through our Glossary of Terms before you get started with your workout.
By adding the use of resistance bands to your workouts you can make them more interesting and have a nice variety of equipment, therefore decreasing the likelihood of plateaus and also expanding your personal arsenal of mastered exercises. Try one or two of these exercises next time you workout and see if they can help you break through your plateaus!
Before you finish, remember that you should spend time cooling down.