Resistance bands are one of the oldest exercising tools used in both fitness and rehab that recently have also been gaining more and more popularity.
Similarly to their free weight counterparts (i.e. Dumbbells & Barbells) resistance bands provide some degree of resistance, they allow for free range of motion, and variable movement speed. Also like free weights, they provide progressive resistance (meaning resistance can be added).
Unlike free weights, resistance bands do not rely on gravity to provide resistance, they provide continuous tension, and it also become more difficult to cheat the exercises with resistance bands as momentum can to always be used to your advantage. Another great benefit to using resistance bands is that they provide linear variable resistance meaning that as the range of motion on the bands increases, so does the level of resistance.
Aside from the aforementioned resistance bands are great because they are
- Cost Effective
- provide great total body workouts
- Travel Friendly
- Easy Storage
- Provide variable training
- No training partners needed (i.e. spotters)
- Can be combined with other equipment during the workout (i.e. Dumbbells and barbells for added resistance.
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