Resistance bands can often be the “red-headed step child” of strength training, frequently getting overlooked or passed over for their free weight brothers and sisters. It is a shame, because resistance bands can be such a great tool in so many different ways. They can be more versatile than a set of dumbbells, and because they are cheaper, more portable and lightweight it is certainly easier to travel with them for those limiting hotel room workouts on-the-go. If you aren't incorporating bands into your current workout regimen you are definitely missing out of that aspect of functional fitness.
You can do a full-body workout with one resistance band. Try this 20 minute circuit with intervals of 30 seconds work and 15 seconds rest. Try to keep your intensity up for the full 30 second intervals and don't worry about counting reps.
- Shoulder press
- Seated Rows
- Standing Biceps Curl
- Split Squats
- Overhead Triceps Extensions
- Chest Press
You can also use both bands and weights simultaneously. When you lift weights the load never changes, but if you loop bands on your bar, the bands will increase in resistance as they stretch . . . then as you apex out and begin the eccentric negative motion, the bands will be pulling the bar down toward you, putting you in the position where the control of the negative becomes harder and more effective.
Remember, not all resistance bands are created equally. The band needs to be able to tolerate the amount of stress that you plan on subjecting to it. We recommend stopping in to one of our retail locations and speaking with an expert about what band(s) would fit you best for what you are trying to achieve, and how to maximize the variety of things you can do. From door attachments to household items you can use in combination with them, we would be happy to demonstrate many different exercises and answer any questions you may have about our resistance bands. At G&G Fitness, we strive to carry the highest quality products in the industry. Bands ranging from light to medium to heavy resistance used efficiently and properly will provide you with an inexpensive and portable solution to your strength needs for many years.