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Many people are using resistance bands with their home workouts both at home and in the gym because they provide so many benefits. They are more popular now than ever before because they are inexpensive, are available in different resistance levels and you can take them anywhere. They are very popular for strength training at home when you cant make it to the gym.

What are Resistance Bands?

The are usually made of material that will stretch such as latex rubber. They are lightweight and strong and as the name suggests they provide additional weight for exercising, building strength and strength training. 

    At the end of the day they are all the same thing. They are very versatile and you can use them to perform many different exercises and we will cover some of these in this article for you.

    You can purchase them with different strength levels. This is good because you can use the different levels as an alternative to using dumbbells, machine weights or barbells.

    If you like to exercise at home then these are a really good idea. They are not heavy and don’t take up much space like weights and dumbbells do. If you are travelling then it is easy to take them with you to help building strength or for muscle rehabilitation.

    So do they really work well? Yes they do. You will get out of them what you put in. If you work hard with your training then you will feel the benefit. Think of them as an inexpensive and lightweight alternative to using dumbbells and weights.

    Sometimes you will find they are colour coded to denote the level of resistance. As an example it is common to find the lightest to be yellow, followed by pink or red, then green, then blue and the heaviest are often black. 

    The Benefits of using High Quality Bands

    They are Inexpensive

    One of the most obvious advantages are that they are a lot less expensive than buying kettlebells, dumbbells and weights. Think about it – you are just buying stretchy material rather than specially made metal gym equipment.

    To give you an idea it is likely that a good quality set would be less than 10% of the cost of a set of kettlebells, dumbbells or free weights for strength training. And when you compare them to buying a barbell and different weights then the cost is a mere fraction.

    They are Versatile

    Although they are a pretty simple concept they offer a great deal of versatility. This is certainly the case if you go for a mixture of light, medium or heavy varieties. You can buy a set that include one of each resistance level. Use the different levels to match your fitness goals and build strength with varying pounds of weight.

    Another thing that you can use them for is to vary the amount of slack to either make the exercise easier or more challenging. If you already have other equipment such as dumbbells or free weights then you can use them as well to get better results.

    Convenience and Portability

    Because they are small and lightweight you can store them easily at home. It is also very easy to take them with you when you travel. They will take up very little room in a suitcase or other travelling bag.

    Whole Body Exercising

    You can target every single muscle group in your body during use. It is possible to perform a whole body home workout in around 20 minutes which is great news if you don’t have a lot of time. They can easily be used with handles, ankle straps and door anchors.

    To exercise a lot of different muscle groups with free weights you would be looking at a much longer session. With the versatility of high quality bands you can learn new types of total body exercises which will provide variety to your routines as well as building strength. Using them really is the easiest way to perform a whole body workout wherever you are.

    They are Safer

    If you follow the rules and don’t overdo it then weight training should be safe for you. But there is always the chance that something could go wrong and cause you a serious injury. This is especially true of you are weight training alone with nobody around to assist you.

    There are no such concerns with what this high quality bands rage offers. You are a lot less likely to suffer an injury by using them. OK there is a risk that they could work free from where you secured them and slap you hard. Is this painful? Yes it can be but it is nowhere near as serious as an accident involving heavy weights.

    Natural Latex

    There are the most common and widely used variation. They are usually available in packs of three or five and have varying resistance levels. This is a good thing as you can use the different levels for different types of exercises.

    One of the advantages of natural latex over others are that they will stretch further. It is a good idea to use a latex band for abdominal exercises as well as upper, lower and full body workouts.


    They will mimic weights in terms of the resistance they provide but they will not place additional pressure on your joints. This is good news for people of all ages and particularly for those that are recovering from an injury or have some kind of muscle pain issue.

    You can easily clean latex by wiping them down or rinsing off as they contain natural dust.

     

    Latex Free

    You will usually find that the latex free variety are made from fabric or TPR.

    They can often be thicker, so if you are at an advanced stage with weight lifting you may find them preferable. 

    Some people prefer to use latex free ones because they can be more convenient. You can actually add them to the wash so cleaning can be easier.

     

    Mini Loop Bands

    These are becoming more and more popular for good reason. Like standard ones you can use the resistance band loops to exercise just about every part of your body.

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    One of the best uses for mini loops is for warming up prior to a work out or playing a sport. You can use them to easily target you’re your glutes and they are great at stabilising your thigh and hip as you take every step forward.

    Making your leg muscles strong is very important if you do a lot of running or play intense sports. You need stability and strength in your hip area so that you are in perfect condition for running or sports and avoid injury.

    Using them as a warm up for your upper body is also a good idea. Here you can target your shoulders before attempting to do more strenuous exercise such as lifting heavy weights.

    You can also use your mini loops as an alternative to conventional ones for your main workout as well. It will probably be easier for you to progress with them and when you increase the weight level you can certainly challenge various muscle groups.

    Exercise Bands offer a range of Fitness Training

    Before you begin any fitness training you need to do a warm up routine first and then when you have completed your workout you need to perform a cool down.

    Be careful to check your breathing and make sure that you are not holding your breath during your workout. It is always good to challenge yourself by increasing the weight level but don’t go too far so that you experience pain.

    It is essential that you get the form of the various exercises right. This is far more important than performing an exercise incorrectly several times. It is all about quality over quantity. Make sure that you keep a good posture and adopt a strong core muscle stance when you perform your exercises.

    You can choose the number of repetitions for each exercise but as a guide we recommend that you go for around 10 – 15 reps for each exercise to start with and consult your doctor if you have any concerns or health issues. If you have the energy then there is no reason why you shouldn’t complete more than one set of each exercise.

    Some Upper Body Resistance Band Exercises

    There are a lot of advantages for using them and we kick off with two exercises to target your upper body and then move on to other areas. Here are some good examples of effective fitness exercises:

    Bent Over Row

    This is good for your biceps, back and rear shoulder area. To perform this exercise properly you will need to use your core muscles so that you provide protection for your lower back. Start with the it under your two feet while you hold the ends in both hands. Now bend forward using your hips (don’t bend your spine) and draw in your belly button.

    Next you need bend your elbows to pull the band back. Squeeze in between your shoulder blades and keep your elbows close to your sides. Keep your shoulders down and back throughout. Try to pull it as high as you can (knee height is best).

    Seated Row

    This is another good exercise for your biceps, back and rear shoulder area. It will be best if you perform this exercise on a flat surface such as an exercise mat on the floor. Sit with your knees bent and the exercise band at your feet. Hold on to the ends with each hand. Use your elbows to pull it towards you while keeping them close to your sides.

    While you are performing this exercise be sure to squeeze your shoulder blades together. Keep your shoulders down and back. Pull the band towards you as far as you can. Remember to keep your back straight.

    Shoulder Roll

    To perform this great exercise for your shoulders you need to sit comfortably and make sure your back is straight. Now place the band at the back of your shoulders and hold an end in each hand.

    Now move your arms out in front of you with your shoulders down and back. Next roll your shoulders forward and then upwards and back to the start position. This will be a full circular motion if you perform it correctly.

    Leg Circles

    This is a great exercise for your lower abs and your legs. You will need to start off by lying flat on your mat and then wrap the band around your foot holding the ends in each hand. It may be difficult for you to fully extend your leg when you are starting out so bend your leg a little to make this easier.

    You need to keep your core muscles strong with this exercise and ensure that both of your hips are on the floor. Avoid rocking from side to side and keep your body straight. Now start to make small circles with the leg that has the band on it. Then do this in the opposite direction.

    Torso Twists

    This is a great resistance band exercise for the sides of your body. The starting position is the same as for the shoulder roll. Sit comfortably and make sure your back is straight. Now place it at the back of your shoulders and hold an end in each hand.

    Now you need to extend both of your arms out to the side. Make sure your shoulders are down and back. Use your torso to perform the twist while you sit firmly on the floor. Return to the start position and then repeat for the other side.

    We have shown you just a very small example of training exercises you can perform. There are many more and you should look for new ones online to vary your routine including biceps curl.