Exercise bands are a great addition to a home gym or home workout routine. There are so many workout band exercises that you can do to get a great workout: check out some of these great exercises for yourabs, chest, shoulders, back, triceps, biceps and legs!
Workout bands work much like the cable machines at the gym, but take up a lot less space. They also take up less space than traditional dumbbells, so if you’re interested in strength training but are short on space, exercise band workouts may be the perfect solution.
Exercise resistance bands are also a lot more inexpensive than a gym membership or a set of dumbbells. You can purchase bands in the sporting goods department of most stores, or order them online. Bands typically cost $10-20.
Workout bands are also a great way to stay on track with your workouts when you’re on the road. They are light, easy to pack, and you can do a wide variety of exercise with bands in the comfort of your hotel room.
You might think it’s difficult or impossible to get a good workout with something as simple as a rubber band exercise. Not true! An exercise band makes you apply constant tension, which requires you to tighten your core and involve additional, smaller muscles when performing exercises. This helps to increase your balance and coordination as well.
Although you can’t set your exercise band at a specific weight like you can with exercise machines and dumbbells, you can change the resistance and intensity one of two ways:
1) Change where you are gripping the band. Move your hand closer to the middle of the band to increase the resistance. Move your hand closer to the end of the band to decrease the resistance.
2) Change the band itself. Exercise bands come in a variety of “strengths”: light, medium, heavy, extra heavy, etc. Start out with a light band, and as your strength increases, change to a medium band and then to a heavy band.
Which exercise band or “strength” should you choose? It’s probably a wise idea to get a few bands of varying strengths. Some of your muscles are stronger than others, and will require a heavier band than your smaller muscles. Unless you are ordering online, try the exercise bands out at the store and make sure they are comfortable, the handles (if you purchase this type) fit your hands well, etc.
The key to a successful exercise band workout is to get some good exercise band exercises, explained correctly and with pictures. Before you start working out, go through the exercises and play around with positioning the bands and changing the resistance by changing your grip. Then when you start your actual workout, you’ll feel much more comfortable using the exercise band.
Positioning the band itself requires a little thought and preparation. The band can be secured around a sturdy object, secured under your feet or under an exercise bench, or secured using a door attachment, depending on the exercise.
Some exercise bands come with a door attachment device. If yours doesn’t, you can usually purchase one separately. You can also purchase wrist and ankle attachments to attach to the exercise band. They are not necessary at first, but you may want to add them in later on as you continue adding exercises to your workouts.
Speaking of “types” of exercise bands, there are a number of types to choose from. Bands with handles, bands with no handles, circular bands, figure eight bands, and more. Start with a simple exercise band (I prefer the one with handles); you can always pick up another kind of band when the need arises.
Are you ready to start working out with exercise bands? Great! Here are a few workouts to follow, and here are quite a few exercises to get you started with your exercise workout!