Resistance bands are such an underused resource. Although you might not know exactly what a resistance band is used for, they're actually really simple to use compared to the other equipment we see in the gym! A resistance band is made of strong, thin rubber and are usually looped or have handles at the end for easy use. With resistance bands, you can do just about any type of strength training exercise - chest presses, rows, shoulder presses, tricep extensions, bicep curls, and even squats - without the need for heavy weights! Here's our 7 benefits of using a resistance band...
1. Cost Effective
Resistance bands are inexpensive whilst still extremely convenient. Don't worry if you can't fork out on a hefty £50 a month gym membership, you can do a full body workout at home for just £15 with the SMUG resistance band! We also have a resistance band body workout video on our Youtube to show you how to use it! Who needs a gym?
2. Portable And Easy To Carry
Perfect for home or gym workouts, a resistance band is easily transportable so it's also great for those wanting to keep fit during business trips, flights, and other long journeys. They are extremely lightweight so easy to just stash in your suitcase or hand luggage when travelling!
3. Good For Stretching
A resistance band is great for improving your flexibility and mobility. Using a band along with your regular stretches can help you get the extra boost that you’d get with partner-assisted stretching, but without having to have another person there.
4. Perfect For A Full Body Workout
As per the last point, although resistance bands are fantastic for stretching, many people believe that's all they're used for. But boy are they wrong! You can actually use a resistance band to challenge virtually every major muscle group in your body. Who'd have thought that such a small piece of equipment would be able to effectively target your whole body!
5. One Person Weight Training
You should never lift heavy weights without someone assisting you, but resistance bands are also assistance bands and are safe to use alone. You can use them easily at home without having to have a personal trainer pushing you!
6. Can Be Used With Other Equipment
Although resistance bands are a great alternative to using all the traditional gym equipment, you can still take yours along to the gym and use it to assist or even make your workout more difficult! They can really help you push yourself to your limits. You can attach a resistance band to a pull up bar to assist you with your pull ups, or you could attach it to a bar bell to increase the resistance throughout the lift.
7. Can Be Used Instead Of Weights
Don't own weights? No problem! Resistance bands can replace the weights you use for biceps curls, or can intensify your push ups. You'll be surprised at how much using resistance in your workouts can benefit you.
So there we have it! The 7 reasons why a resistance band is an absolute must-have for your gym kit. Shop yours here!