Resistance is Good!
Posted on January 18 2021
IS IT A GOOD IDEA TO USE RESISTANCE BANDS ?
With the recent lockdown of gymnasiums in the UK and with more and more people exercising from home the answer is definitely YES ! Resistance bands have been proven to be as effective if not more effect than free weights.
WHAT ARE RESISTANCE BANDS ?
A resistance loop band is an elastic band used for strength training. They are also commonly used in physical therapy, specifically by convalescents of muscular injuries, including cardiac rehab patients to allow slow rebuilding of strength.
Loop resistance bands will probably be one of the most cost effective pieces of exercise equipment that you will ever purchase. They are so versatile you can take them with you wherever you travel.
Undoubtedly dumbbells, kettlebells, and other gym items of equipment are great workout tools, and of course if you are creative you can build a miniature home gym with them, however mini resistance loop bands take up practically no space at all and weigh next to nothing. You can literally keep them in your gym bag or even sleep with them under your pillow
The best part about mini resistance loop bands is that you can use them to work every single part of your body and one pack contains enough resistance options to adjust your workouts according to your goals—all without lifting any actual weights
If you’re not sold on them yet, here’s a little more information on how mini resistance loop bands work, all of the things you can do with them, and ultimately, why it’s worth investing in a set.
HOW RESISTANCE BANDS WORK
Resistance bands work similarly to free weights, but there are a few key differences. Like dumbbells, barbells, or any other free weights, resistance bands provide external resistance so that your muscles have to work against each other.
When you’re pushing against a resistance band during an exercise, your muscles have to engage to fight the tension.
The biggest difference, though, is that resistance loop bands do not rely on gravity the way that free weights do. Instead, you’re working against the force of just the band. That might sound easier, but what it means is that you’re working against resistance throughout the entire range of an exercise, not just during the portion where you’re moving against gravity.
For example, if you are doing a squat with a mini loop band around your quads, you have to press your legs against the band even when you’re standing in the starting position. You have to then press out when you’re lowering into a squat, and again when you’re standing back up, to keep your knees in line (not collapsing in toward each other). Because of this, your muscles are often under tension for an extended period of time when bands are involved, which means they’re pretty much constantly working. If you’ve ever done glute bridges or lateral walks with a mini band looped around your legs, you know that the burning feeling sets in almost immediately—that’s because you’re never really giving your muscles a solid break until you actually stop doing the exercise.
Mini bands are ridiculously versatile
There are lots of easy ways in which to use mini loop resistance bands.
Firstly, they’re great for warm-ups before a workout, and especially for activating your hips before a run. A lot of mini loop band exercises make it easy to target your glute medius, a small hip abductor muscle on the outer side of each butt cheek. Its main job is to stabilize both the hip and the thigh as your leg rotates with every forward step. If you’re a runner, it’s crucial to keep this muscle strong so that your legs are properly stabilized and can move efficiently. If you lack strength or stability in the hip area, a bunch of things can get thrown off—you may start to compensate with other muscles, or end up with an overuse injury like a runners knee
You can also use mini loop bands to warm up your upper body. This can be specifically beneficial for an area like the shoulder, which is notoriously unstable and can benefit from a targeted warm-up before you nail it with a heavier weight. Also you can use mini loop bands as the main source of resistance for your workout.
Resistance loop bands are excellent value for money and can be purchased in single units or as packs of five in various strengths and colours. Prices range from around £9.99 - £15.00 per pack on Amazon.
Mini loop bands aren’t just good for runners, they're great for weightlifters, body builders and anyone that’s doing any kind of training for almost any sport.
They're also great fun..
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