Resistance Band Exercises
band exercises are a great alternative to buying
weightlifting equipment. You can get a complete body workout
with resistance training using the bands for a lot less
They come in different strengths and are typically color
coded for these strengths. To get the most from your strength
training using resistance bands, you should have at least 3 different
strengths – easy, medium and hard.
There are many different
strengths ranging from the very easy to the super heavy resistance.
Benefits of Resistance Training
are many benefits of exercising using resistance bands. Below are just
a few worth mentioning.
Resistance bands are extremely convenient and light, so they can go
with you on the road.
This is a perfect way to keep up with
your strength training even while on a business trip or vacation.
Using resistance bands you can alter the exercises by changing your
This will alter the way the exercise feels and works
the muscle in different ways.
It's also a great way to add
variety to your weekly strength training.
You can alternate between
weightlifting, dumbbell exercises and resistance band exercises.
Resistance bands exercises are the most inexpensive way to do your
training. Prices range from only $6 to $20.
Resistance band exercises are a perfect match for the beginners but
for the more experienced strength trainers.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Resistance Bands
of the main advantages to using resistance tubes or bands is that
you feel the resistance during the full exercise motion.
example, when using dumbbell weights, the resistance is stronger when
performing the up motion, like in the bicep curl.
But on the
down motion, the resistance is less as gravity is helping with the
But with resistance bands, you can feel the
tension during both the up and down motions of the exercise, giving you
complete resistance training.
Another advantage of using resistance bands is the ability to change
the resistance easily. With a band, you can easily increase
or decrease the tension by tightening or loosening the band.
For example, when doing squats with a resistance band, you place the
band under your feet. By widening your stance, you are
increasing the resistance.
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Determining the right strength with a resistance band can also
be a disadvantage. If your band is not the right strength, or
you have decreased the resistance to the point that it is too easy, you
will not be getting the most benefit from your strength training
Correct Technique Equals Results
As with dumbbell weights, doing the exercise
properly with a resistance
band is critical in order to minimize risk of injury and to properly
strengthen the muscles.
Check out these resistance band exercises videos for the lower body
and the upper body
These pages include instructions and free fitness video
demonstrations to make sure you are doing the exercise correctly.
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Be sure to read about the pros and cons of dumbbell exercises before
selecting your strength training equipment.
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Strength training has many health benefits as well as helping you boost
your metabolism and lose weight.
If you don't have resistance bands or dumbbell weights you can still
strengthen your muscles using just your body weight.