Gym access can be tricky at times! Maybe they just aren’t for you or you don’t see the value in paying for one. If that’s the case then resistance bands are an incredibly cheap alternative to increase your strength and overall stability, while developing your heart health. This is all achievable from the comfort of your own home, or perhaps the beach or park?
I plan on turning you from a resistance bands skeptic to a believer, to finally a resistance band aficionado. There are a myriad of exercises that can help you tone your whole body with these fantastic elastic creations. Thankfully, they are all pretty simple as well! Furthermore, they’re super versatile, safe, durable, ageless, convenient and effective.
Below is 9 reasons to buy into resistance bands, along with examples and research to substantiate my claims.
- FOR ALL FITNESS LEVELS
Almost all resistance bands allow for differing levels of resistance! Light, medium and heavy is available across most bands. This allows you to stagger your growth with bands or test yourself across all three while changing rep range depending on what you want to achieve with your workout.
- WORK YOUR WHOLE BODY
You can target every single muscle group, the ability to stand on the resistance set or tie it around a secured object opens up a huge range of exercises.
- RELATIVELY CHEAP
Resistance bands range from $10-50 for a set! A seriously inexpensive way to workout considering the average Australian gym membership costs $65 a month. You can find some awesome content online to help you through the learning stage -
Resistance workouts test your muscles in ways free weights cannot, it’s always a good idea to add variation to your workouts so resistance bands can achieve this!
- COMBINATION WITH WEIGHTS
Super sets! Adding resistance training as a form of super setting with free weights can be a fantastic way to achieve muscle growth.
- MODIFICATION OF KNOWN EXERCISES
Squats, bicep curls, tricep extension, shoulder press. These are all familiar strength training movements that most people will be familiar with! Adding resistance bands to these exercises really challenges your muscles and their stabilization.
Pre workout and post workout mobility is pivotal for an effective workout, doing stretches by yourself limits you to your own range of motion and flexibility. If you utilize resistance bands correctly you can extend your reach and provide pressure without the assistance of another person.
- INJURY REHAB
Mobility and stabilization work associated with muscle rehab is rarely achieved without resistance bands, such as ankle injuries!
- SAVE ON STORAGE SPACE AND PORTABLABILITY
Little to no space is needed to store your bands and you can take them with you travelling! A lot of resistance exercises can be done in the confines of a hotel room if need be.
I hope I’ve converted you from a skeptic to at least considering purchasing some resistance bands to add to your workout routine!