Resistance Bands are fast becoming one of the most popular alternative workout methods. They are inexpensive and afford the same level of resistance exercise as comparable free weight or machine equipment commonly found in a gym, minus the monthly membership cost ofcourse!
A set of resistance bands can range from the super cheap all the way to a professional kit tailored for pro bodybuilders. Pricing on these kits can be anywhere between $50 and $200 depending on brands, resistance levels, accessories, etc.
I stopped using a gym around 6 months ago and decided to try working out in natures gym, here in the desert of las vegas. I take my resistance bands with grips, a water bottle and off I go. This is a much better environment to workout than any gym. If I ever feel like being indoors I can use them in my spare home office room too.
Even if you have a gym membership and fail to go sometimes, a resistance band kit can cover your lapses.
I’ve managed to put on around 15lbs of muscle and I’m still actively building muscle.
Resistance bands can be adjusted for your strength level very easily. If you need more resistance, slap another band on and you’re set.
A good kit will come with attachments that can vary your resistance from 10 lbs to 400 lbs quite easily… !
Resistance Bands FAQ
Can you build muscle using resistance bands?
Sure you can. Muscles build after you strain them enough that it causes repair. The repair leads to growth, with an adequate diet ofcourse. As long as your muscles reach point of failure then you’re on your way to building muscle. Resistance bands can be stacked as hard as you like, from 10 lbs to 400 lbs within about 4 clicks of a band!
Are resistance bands as good as free weights or machine equipment?
Your muscles don’t know the difference between free weights or machines. So why would it even matter? As mentioned above, if you’re interested in muscle growth, go to failure and you’ll grow or if you’re chasing a lightweight high rep workout for burning fat and seeing muscle tone, they will work just as well. I would argue resistance bands provide a better range of motion than free weights or machine equipment and that will give you a better overall result in the long run.
Before buying my resistance band set; I spent weeks deciding on the right product to settle on. I tested lots of variations and found there are some dodgy cheap suppliers out there. After much trial and error I came up with the conclusion that the bands on the links below provide the best, most complete set of resistance bands on the market today.
A kit can cost as low as $50 or a professional kit for supreme muscle development is around the $100 mark. I recommend the pro kit, I love it.
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Free weights VS Resistance Bands
Free weights are fine, especially if you want to increase your upper-body strength and build muscle mass. Not so much for increasing flexibility, and elongating your body into the sleek powerhouse it can ultimately be.
Unlike free weights, resistance bands provide your muscle with constant tension, which dumbbells or barbells can’t. This constant tension allows you to focus 100% on both parts of the motion, the concentric (lifting) and eccentric (lowering) parts.
The muscle being worked actually shortens during the concentric phase of the motion, and lengthens during the eccentric part. Users of free weights almost always completely neglect the eccentric phase of a particular motion which comes from that particular exercise mode’s innate limitations.
Truly effective weight training stimulates the muscle, while using as much muscle fibers (the composition of which is unique in each person) as possible. With resistance bands, the constant tension that helps achieve concentric and eccentric muscle gains results in movement that is much more controlled than you’d find using free weights. It’s a new challenge for your muscles, forcing them to adapt.
As well, free weights can never give your body the same level of full-range motion and flexibility that resistance bands promote. Indeed, no other form of exercise comes as close to emulating the natural movements your body performs in real life as resistance bands.
Say goodbye to plateaus once you use resistance bands.