Working out with exercise bands is a serious alternative to lifting free weights or using machines, as they are more versatile and thus gives a great training variety for all your muscles. The other important benefit is they are portable and don’t need much space to be stored wherever you are. At home or at work as well as in vacation, you can still do your workout and hide them under the bed or in a bag (which may be provided by the manufacturer).
Exercise bands can be flat elastic straps or elastic tubes. You can also find flat bands for suspension training but these are not the fitness bands you can use to reproduce the exercises you are used to at the gym or at home with weights. Various resistance levels depending on your fitness level, strenght and types of exercises you will need exercise bands of different resistance levels. Manufacturers generally use colors to identify their bands strenght. You will at least want to get a light, medium and heavy resistance bands. Tension is not always stated, but some brands tell you how much tension you get for each of their bands (5 pounds, 12 pounds, 20 pounds, etc).
The best fitness bands systems allow you to clip several bands to the handles to get even more resistance, so you can progress on an exercise and add more and more tension, as you would with free weights by adding more plates.
You can perform any kind of exercise with resistance bands, and get a full body workout. You can make upper body exercises as well as lower body exercises. Even the small stabilizer muscles will be trained, which will strenghten them and help to prevent injuries. What you will find is that tension is constant during all your rep.
Common upper body exercises are biceps curls, upright rows, side and front raises and shoulder press. You just need to step on the band and then lift the handle to perform these exercises. You should also see if any kind of door attachment or door anchor is included with your set. You really need this as you will be able to perform much more exercises like chest press or kick backs for your triceps, rows and pulls too.
As for lower body exercises, you can perform squats just by standing on the tube and lift the handles up to your shoulders as you would if a bar was standing on them. Then squat normally, you will feel the tension through the whole movement. You can also attach the tube with the door anchor and then to your ankle (an ankle strap can be included with your set). You can then perform harmstrings curls lying on your tummy. You can also lift in any direction to train your thigh.
There are so much more exercises you can do with exercise bands, most manufacturers inclde a DVD or manual with over a hundred of exericses you can do. Plus you can work all your muscles, shoulders, arms, chest, abs, back, legs… Training with exercise bands is a smart thing to do. The price is inexpensive (starting less than ) and the value you get for your money is huge, providing you get a solid set from a reputed company. The resistance can really add up and you can train for muscle building as well as fat loss by having your own creative workouts.
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