No weights? Resistance bands work just as well!

No weights? Resistance bands work just as well!

by Pamela Ng 27 Nov 2017

Exercise comes in many forms and methods. Some like using their own bodyweight in their workouts, while others prefer using external tools during training. But what if you find yourself without any access to weight, say if you’re travelling abroad? Worry not, because you can still use resistance bands! Here are 3 ways how these portable pieces of latex can be your new best friends if your favourite weights leave you hanging:

 

1. Bands allow more functional movements

Unlike traditional weights, resistance bands allow a wider range of movements and motions. They can be in both vertical and horizontal directions. As a result, you work more muscle fibres while also training your flexibility. Furthermore, the left-right movement of the body demanded by the use of resistance bands can reduce the risk of injuries.

 

2. They are great for training for some sports

Different types of sports require different movements. Some sports such as baseball and boxing require linear left-right movements rather than lifts. In this respect, bands can help to train and improve the movements of athletes who are involved in these competitive sports.

 

3. Bands are affordable and convenient

Gym equipment can be expensive and aren’t always feasible in situations where space is a concern. However, resistance bands are largely affordable and are just as useful without taking up too much real estate. Due to its compact nature, bringing your workout on the road with you is a convenience that anyone can enjoy.

 

For what it’s worth, resistance bands are definitely a great and versatile piece of exercise equipment to have. It’s surprising how sometimes the smallest of things can have the most profound of effects, and that is certainly the case when it comes to bands! Anyone from beginners to more advanced athletes can benefit from some aspect of band training, so why not give it a shot yourself before making up your mind?

 

References

https://bodylastics.com/elastic-resistance-vs-free-weights-by-jim-stoppani-phd/

http://www.livestrong.com/article/87499-resistance-bands-vs.-weights/