Should you add resistance bands in to your workouts? Whether your a beginner or a seasoned gym goer, the answer is yes. Before we go into the benefits, what exactly are resistance bands? Resistance bands are a means of strengthening and/or stretching your muscles, whether for aesthetics, athletic performance, or physical therapy.
With that in mind here's few ways that using resistance bands may benefit you in the gym.
1. Stabilisation/core activation
The constant tension from bands adds an element of needed stabilization from your body to maintain form during most exercises. This also means that you will often need to activate your core for balance. The need to control them from snapping back into place means greater stimulation and strength is required and the pull of the bands reduces your ability to cheat by using momentum.
2. More exercise options
With dumbbells or barbells, you are limited to certain positions. When using resistance bands, you can perform exercises in both the vertical and horizontal plane. For instance, you can do a chest press or back row in a standing position rather than having to use a bench. You can also perform sideways movements, ideal for athletic activities like swinging a golf club, as well as performing daily tasks like opening a door.
Due to the fact that you can perform a variety of exercises with one band as mentioned, it means you don’t need so many weights and machines. If you workout at home, a set of resistance bands can save you from buying expensive weights that also take up space.
4. Ideal for rehabilitation
Resistance bands have been proven to improve strength, size, and function of muscles in those undergoing rehabilitation. Bands can provide very light or heavy resistance which can be used in targeted ways for specific muscles that also protects joints.
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