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27 - 03 -2021

Weight Resistance Bands

"If it's easy, then you're doing it wrong"

Weight resistance bands are the perfect equipment for beginner sporters. You get motivated to push your limits by leveling up. This type of equipment is actually my personal favorite, as I do home workouts with them myself. I was surprised by the variety of types and the variety of workouts you could include them with.

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Lotte ter Woerds
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Why weight resistance

bands?

My personal favorite of the home workout essentials list is weight resistance bands. They are very easy to use, you can take them everywhere and you can use them in many many exercises. They also have a lot of benefits. Let’s name a few:

Weight resistance bands help you to focus control. This, as a result of having a guaranteed level of from and consistency.

Weight resistance bands recruit your stabilizing muscles. By working with resistance bands, you are targeting your stabalizing muscles and building more core strength. This, all at the same time.

Also, weight resistance bands are a great alternative to machines. Especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, you may not have the ability to go to the gym. The bands teach you the general movements that lead to targeting specific muscle groups.

How to use them

As the bands are light, come in many varieties, and come in different types, this results into many sorts of exercises you can do to use the weight resistance bands. They can be used to tone your entire body, therefore here are some examples:

– Banded glute bridge with hip abduction (but)

– Lateral walk (legs/but)

– Deadlift (but)

– Split-stance banded shoulder press (shoulders/arms)

– Standing banded triceps extension (tricep)


Types of bands

 The market offers many types of weight resistance bands. We have created a list of 5 different types of bands, in order to make your search a bit easier. These are the following 5:

Tube resistance bands with handles:

These are bands that have handles attached to both hands. They are made to mimic gym machines (great for the lockdown) and are an alternative for dumbbell exercises. They are also easily to be anchored to a door or a pole/bar.

Rubber mini bands or fabric non-slip bands:

These bands are much shorter and also much wider. The designs are not to be counted and come in fabric, rubber, and most likely with a rubber lining on the inside. This, to prevent from rolling up. The bands help you activate your core, maintain proper form and help you stabilize. 

Figure 8 bands:

As the name suggest, the figure 8 bands are shaped in an 8-form. They have soft handles attached to the ends. Also, they are best for pushing and pulling exercises. And they can be used for lateral movements, similar to mini bands.

Light therapy resistance bands:

The light therapy resistance bands can go up to 7 feet, are very thin and very light. They are made for elderly people who want a low-impact workout, or for people recovering from an injury. The bands also help increase stretch and improve range of motion/mobility.

Loop bands:

These are massive rubber bands with a continuous flat loop. They can be used for a variety of purposes, such as bodyweight resistance, full body workouts and bodyweight assistance. Furthermore, flat loops can also be anchored to a pole/bar.

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