Resistance bands (also known as tube bands, loops bands, fitness bands, workout bands and exercise bands) are made of strong elastic rubber, with or without handles at the end. These bands are available in a variety of resistances, depending on your preference and of course, fitness level. With resistance bands, you can do just about any type of strength training exercise which will not require the use of heavy weights.
If you’ve never tried resistance bands, or you’re just new to them, you may be surprised at how much benefit you can get from what is essentially a reinforced rubber band. But as is often the case, the simplest tools are often the very best for your health.
Resistance bands are relatively cheap. A set would only cost 10 dollars the least, up to 40 dollars for more extensive kits (with “add-ons” like manuals, DVDs, etc.) So if you are just a newbie in the world of fitness, you can definitely start with bands and just develop later on.
Resistance bands are lightweight and portable. You can stash them in your suitcase when travelling so you’ll never miss a great workout even while inside your hotel room. Another convenience is that they take up little space for storage, which means you can use them at home and store them almost anywhere.
Resistance bands can be used for both quick and comprehensive workouts that challenge virtually specific and/or every major muscle group in your body. Your muscles quickly adapt to movements you do often, which is why adding variety to your workouts is key for challenging your muscles. Resistance bands can be alternated with free weights and exercise machines for ongoing variety.
Resistance bands can be used for strength training movements, which means you don’t need to learn a complicated new routine to be able to use them efficiently. For instance, resistance bands can replace the weights you use for biceps curls, or can increase the intensity of your push-ups.
Resistance bands can be used by both beginners and experts. They come in a variety of resistances, including light, medium and heavy (sometimes even extra-heavy), and you can further adjust the intensity of your resistance-band workouts by giving the band more or less slack. You can even use multiple bands at once to increase the challenge.