bands also called resistance tubes or exercise bands offer you an
alternative and a very effective way to getting a full-body strength
training workout or as a warm-up before a weight training workout or a
particular sport. They are sort of like exercise machines using the
pulley system, but without the machine. Not many people use them, but
they are gaining in popularity. I see many people bringing them to the
gym Recently I was watching a few innings of a baseball game and I
noticed a relief pitcher in the dugout warming up with a resistant band
doing a shoulder and rotator cuff exercise.
If you are unfamiliar with what are resistance bands, I have included
some photos and examples of them on the right hand side of this article
page. They come in a variety of strength bands and the ability for you
to increase the resistance and strength depending on the type and make
of the elastic bands. They also come with various attachments
– clips and handles, and can be attached to a variety of
places in your home, at the gym or in any other place that you may work
If you are looking to add a little variety to your workouts why not try
incorporating resistance bands. Here are some benefits associated with
this type of fitness equipment:
Resistance bands are low cost. They are very inexpensive. The price for
a set can range from a basic set at $25 which is adequate to a quality
set at around $50 to an even more fancy sets with more “bells
and whistles” going for around $85.
They are also very convenient and take basically no space. For example,
if you are travelling or you travel a lot, it’s so easy to
pack 4 resistance bands and a few of their accessories in a pouch and
do a quick workout in your hotel room. For those of you who like going
to the gym and do not have gym equipment at home, resistance bands
provide you with an alternative to a quick workout especially when you
don not have time to visit the gym.
Variety of exercises and workout options
Resistance bands offer you variety of different types of workouts. You
can choose to use them for warming up or for strength training. Use
them for low or high repetition workouts. They can be used for every
part of the body – chest, shoulders, back and even legs!
Almost any exercise using free weights can be used with resistance
bands. They offer you a wide variety of exercises.
I am not going to outline in this article what exercises you can or
cannot do, but what I will say is that a lot of the weight training
exercises that I have on my Exercise
Workout Page can be easily modified by substituting free
weights with resistance bands. Also, many exercises done on pulley
machines can also be done with these elastic bands.
Wide range of motion and constant resistance
Another benefit of resistance bands is that they offer constant
resistance and just like free weights and pulley machines, a wide range
of motion helping to you to sculpt that perfect physique.
To conclude, resistance bands are convenient, low cost and provide you
with effective and varied exercise workouts.