The resistance band is a versatile piece of equipment that can be used to exercise almost every muscle in the body. It’s also one of the most economical pieces of fitness equipment you could buy because it only costs about $5-10 per band, and those bands can last for years! This blog post will provide an introduction and guide on how to use these fantastic tools.
How to Use Resistance Bands
Resistance bands are some of the easiest and most versatile equipment available for use in a home gym. They can be used by beginners or fitness professionals; they’re inexpensive, easy to pack up, and take with you when traveling. The best thing about these elastic bands is that you can use them to target all major muscle groups. They’re handy for working the muscles in your back, chest, arms, and core.
Resistance bands are so versatile that you can combine several different exercises and targets into one workout! The possibilities are truly endless with these bands because they take advantage of your body weight to create the resistance needed during an exercise. You can perform a resistance band row with your feet anchored to the floor or do a chest press by attaching a band to a door and positioning yourself on the opposite side of it.
Resistance Band Exercises
Here are some easy exercises you can do using a simple resistance band:
Chest Press – Attach the band to a door and lie on the opposite side so that your chest makes contact with the band. With your feet planted firmly on the floor, push yourself away from the anchor point until your arms are fully extended in front of you. Keep your core engaged throughout the entire exercise.
Chest Pull – This exercise works with many upper body muscles, including the chest, triceps, and front shoulders. Attach the band to a fixed object in a door frame and extend both arms in front of you while standing facing away from the anchor point. Make sure to keep your core engaged throughout this exercise as well!
Tricep Extension – This is an excellent workout for targeting your upper arms and upper back. You can do this exercise while lying on your back or sitting in a chair. Attach the band to a secure object above your head, grab both ends of the band with one hand, and raise it over your head until your arm is fully extended.
Bend at the elbow and slowly lower down towards your shoulder until you feel that tightness in your upper back. If you’re lying on your back, that weight should be pressed into the floor as well.
Chest Press (one-arm) – This exercise is like a chest press, but it can be done with one arm instead of two. It’s excellent for developing balance and coordination while making sure to focus on the chest muscles. This is also called a one-arm tricep extension, but make sure to keep your core engaged throughout this entire exercise!
Tricep Extension (one-arm) – This is similar to the two-arm version, but you’ll only be using one hand for balance during this exercise. You can do it with your feet planted firmly on the floor or while sitting in a chair.
How to Incorporate Resistance Bands Into Your Routine
You can keep resistance bands in your home (or office) for whenever you want to use them, but if you’ve already got a workout routine established, it’s best not to throw these new exercises into the mix too often. That’s because it would be challenging to compare your performance from one workout to another if you’re using a lot of new exercises that are unfamiliar to you. For example, if you did squats in your leg day workout last week and do banded squats this week, how will you know which exercise worked the muscles the best?
The same thing goes for all the other muscle groups! If you want to incorporate these exercises into your routine, pick one or two of them and use them at the end of your workout when you’re performing your cardio.
A Final Word
Resistance bands are a great way to get in your strength training sessions at home, but you can even bring them along with you when you go on trips or to the park. This is perfect for people who travel often and want to maintain their muscle mass without paying for a gym membership!
With so many different exercises available, it’s easy for anyone to take advantage of these bands. The best part is they are so accessible, affordable, and convenient that you can use them for anything from rehab work to total body workouts!