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Benefits of Resistance Bands

Don't Resist the Resistance Band

Here's a riddle: What's long, black, and red, stretches from feet to head, costs 11 bucks or less, and will help you look fab in a strapless dress? You got it. A resistance band is one of the cheapest ways to tone your muscles. Aside from that, here are some other reasons you should start using one.

For more reasons why you should use a band

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  • You can also mimic real-life sports scenarios by using a band to mirror the movements you'd make when punching, kicking, or peddling.
  • Another plus: you can reconstruct many cable pulley machine exercises with resistance bands.
  • They're compact and lightweight so you can pack them in your suitcase when you travel or stick one in your bag and take it to the gym.

Do you already use a resistance band when strength training? What's your favorite move?

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Chelsea-Fitness Chelsea-Fitness 5 years
I use the circle tubes to do leg lifts. Inner and outer lifts with the band are a fabulous way to tone those tricky thigh areas. No clunky gym machines required!
inlove23 inlove23 5 years
I love resistance bands!! On EA Personal Trainer for wii it taught me a whole bunch of new workouts using resistance bands. =)
Kellanawida Kellanawida 5 years
Thanks for posting this, I've been thinking about getting some resistance bands soon!
Spectra Spectra 5 years
I pinch one end at the top of a closed door and grab the free end and do wood chops, like you'd do on the cable machine. It's a fantastic exercise for your whole core.
Fitness Fitness 5 years
Good point dvdsky81. You've got to be careful when using your resistance band. Glad you weren't hurt too badly!
dvdsky81 dvdsky81 5 years
I love my band, but you do have to watch yourself. I was doing tricep kickbacks the other day and as I was pulling back the band slipped from under my foot and popped me right in the right eye. Hurt sooooo much. Mine's covered in fabric so it felt like someone jabbed me in the eyeball with a string of yarn. I couldn't open my eye for like 20 minutes...lol. Ive had it slip before and it's just knocked me on the head or something, not in the eye. I was so glad I was alone at home, because in public It would have been hella embarassing.
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