Resistance bands are a great workout tool. Although they don’t quite live up to a comprehensive home gym or membership at a nice club, resistance bands are inexpensive, portable, and require very minimal storage space.
Resistance Band Benefits
Resistance bands offer certain advantages over traditional free weights. When you train with resistance bands, you get exactly that – resistance. And you get this resistance over the entire range of motion of the exercise. This means that your muscles stay engaged for as long as there is tension in the band. In order to use the bands correctly, it’s important that you set yourself up so that the bands remain under tension throughout the entirety of the exercise that you’re doing. This is usually simply achieved. Additionally, resistance band training is a lower impact form of exercise than normal free weight work. Resistance bands also offer the benefit of simplicity – all you’ll need for a successful workout are four or five bands of differing tensions and a stabile object to wrap them around.
Resistance Band Drawbacks
Although resistance bands will help you to engage your muscles throughout their entire range of motion, it’s harder to engage them at their full strength capacity in the way that you can with free weights. There are also certain exercises that just don’t really translate well to resistance band usage.
Still, you should really consider picking some up. Having the ability to easily throw them in a carry-on bag or bring them to the park for a workout is really handy!