More functional workouts, less chance of injury and portability.
The benefits of free weights and resistance band training are similar. However, resistance bands offer some advantages over free weights. Resistance bands provide:
- A more functional workout mimicking activities (e.g. specific sports)
- A reduced likelihood of injury
- A portable workout tool.
Free weights and resistance bands both provide:
- Full motion range
- Variable motion range
- Progressive resistance
- Similar muscle activation levels
- Similar strength gains
The main benefits of resistance bands is the reduced likelihood of injury and the ability to mimic specific movements relating to everyday sports and activities, as well as providing an extremely portable workout solution.
It is worth noting that resistance bands can be used during free-weight training sessions to activate additional muscles and maximise the benefit of the workout.