Resistance bands can be a real asset to your workout routine, helping you to take your training to the next level. They’re perfect for anyone who feels like the exercises they’re doing aren’t challenging enough, or simply those looking for more variety in their fitness programme.
If you’re new to workout accessories, you might not be aware of all the great benefits of resistance bands, and could be feeling overwhelmed by choice. Luckily, this resistance band guide can help you to understand what resistance bands have to offer and which ones are right for you.
Incredibly versatile and easy to use, resistance bands are for fitness fanatics of all levels. Whether you’re looking to strengthen and tone your muscles, upgrade your cardio, or improve your flexibility, there’s a place for resistance bands in your routine.
Resistance bands can even be used as part of weightlifting exercises with dumbbells or weight bars. They offer an extra challenge during pull-ups but can also be used during restorative exercises to improve joint mobility.
Resistance bands often act as add-ons in workouts where you already use equipment or don’t need any equipment at all. This leaves lots of people wondering whether they really need them. Here are some reasons to consider adding resistance bands to your current routine.
One of the main benefits of resistance bands is that they allow you to control your movements better, helping you to practise and perfect form. Whether you’ve suffered an injury or aren’t ready for heavier weights, resistance bands are ideal for developing a deeper understanding of your body. Easily adjust the angle you’re working at and pay close attention to the way you’re positioning your arms and legs.
If you’re someone who goes through exercise without properly engaging your muscles, resistance bands can help you to see real results. When you’re feeling tired, it’s easy to move your body without any real thought, but flailing limbs only waste your time and energy. Resistance bands force you to be more mindful about your movements and, while you might not be able to do as many repetitions, you’ll be doing more good to your body in the long run.
What’s more, you’ll be activating your core muscles to maintain a stable posture, keeping your whole body working hard and not just the muscles you’re targeting.
When it comes to different types of resistance bands, it’s true that one size doesn’t fit all. But a resistance band can do a whole lot more than the one exercise you intend to use it for. Repurpose your band and use it for bicep curls, shoulder rotations, fire hydrants, donkey kicks and planks. As your workout routine changes, your resistance bands can be adapted to suit your needs. Keep this in mind when thinking about which resistance band to buy, as some will have more limited applications than others.
Compact and lightweight, resistance bands can be thrown into your bag and kept in your pocket for workouts on the go. They’re a great alternative to gym equipment and heavy dumbbells, delivering the same great results without the added cost and inconvenience.
Now that you’re sold on the idea, you might be wondering which resistance band to buy for your needs. In the following guide, we’ll break down all the different types of resistance bands that are available to make your final decision easier.
Traditional resistance bands are one of the most versatile options out there, making them an all-round good fit for most workouts. Suitable for pairing with both upper and lower body exercises, the bands will be around four feet in length and can help you perform chest presses, pull-ups and stretches. They can be set up using anchor points or wrapped around the body. If you’re not sure which resistance band to buy, these are a great starting point to see whether they work for you.
Suggested Uses: Assisted pull-ups, hamstring stretching, resistance band deadlifts.
Offering less resistance than traditional resistance bands, mini bands are often used during glute workouts. They boast many of the benefits of resistance bands but are smaller in size and can easily be kept in your pocket for exercise on the go. If you’re looking for extra resistance when carrying out bodyweight training, mini bands could be for you, especially during high-rep moves like glute bridges.
Mini bands can be placed around your ankles, knees, thighs, wrists and upper arms. If in doubt, follow a resistance band workout guide to make sure you’re getting the most out of any exercises you do.
Suggested Uses: Glute bridges, crab walks.
A newcomer to the BLK BOX resistance band range, Titan bands are popular with anyone performing corrective exercises. They can also be helpful in warm-ups as they work to enhance explosive power while offering strengthening stability. Made from 100% natural latex, the bands benefit from a continuous layering process for improved longevity.
Suggested Uses: Glute bridges, crab walks, speed and agility training.
Available in two sizes, Harland bands are a heavy-duty fitness accessory that help you to improve sports performance, enhance explosive power and support strengthening stability. Made to last even when bearing a heavier load, the 100% latex bands can help with mobility, activating glutes and decompressing the spine.
Suggested Uses: Speed and agility training, explosive power sprints, flexibility and spinal decompression, general conditioning.
Versatile and compact, Flexvit resistance bands are used by trainers, physiotherapists, amateur athletes and professional athletes alike, making them a solid choice for all fitness levels. They can be used for activation, stabilisation and strengthening, which means they’re ideal for both clinical rehab exercises and sport-specific training. Made from woven rubber, the resistance bands feel incredibly soft next to skin.
Suggested Uses: Sprints, jumps, agility training, resistance training.
After learning about all the benefits of resistance bands, it’s time to dive in and get one for yourself. Consistently incorporate your chosen band into your routine and reap the rewards. In time, you’ll notice your muscles seem stronger and more stable than before.Still not sure which resistance band to buy? Shop the whole range here.