In this current environment of the pandemic, some of us are still wary of going to a gym to continue with our fitness routine. Home workouts can grow stale fairly quickly, and we can be unsure of how to proceed. After all, there are only so many ways we can use our bodyweight and products at home to come up with exercises. Several blog posts have been created to get you started with at-home fitness, and this blog will look to expand upon those entries.
Resistance bands are a great way to challenge your body in new ways and bring a new spark to your workouts. Not only are they a great way to get a new stimulus, research shows that they are just as effective as conventional resistance training.1 Due to the nature of how resistance bands work, they often unload the hardest part of the exercise and overload the strongest part, matching the strength curve of many muscles and making the movements more comfortable. The two most popular types of resistance bands are closed-loop bands and normal resistance bands. It is also important to note that different manufacturers make different levels of resistance in their bands and color code (different manufacturers use different colors at different levels). It’s important to find the resistance (or color) that works best for you.
The options for exercises are endless and with some creativity you can set up the bands in different ways to evolve to even more exercises. Below you will find a few of my favorite exercises to get you started, ones that I think are the best bang for your buck. Other exercises will be listed for your reference, but not pictured for an increased pool of exercises to choose from. Please note, the indicated reps and sets for each of the below exercises are recommendations only. Depending on your level of resistance band and current fitness level, you may need to adjust the intensity to safely meet your exercise goals.
The following exercises are not pictured, but great options to consider to add to your workout:
There are many more exercises out there to use resistance bands that weren’t shown or listed here, the options are almost limitless! Resistance bands are a great way to get in quality workouts at home or supplement between your normal weekly workouts. While conventional resistance training will remain the best way to increase muscular strength and size, resistance bands are easily accessible, very portable and highly adaptable to the individual, making them a fantastic tool to train with. If you are starting a new workout routine, including one with resistance bands, and experience any aches or pains, contact your local Athletico to schedule a free assessment. Free Assessments are available both in-clinic and virtually through our telehealth platform.
Physical therapy is usually the thing you are told to do after medication, x-rays or surgery. The best way to fix your pain is to start where you normally finish – with physical therapy at Athletico. Schedule a free assessment in-clinic or virtually through a secure online video chat where our team can assess your pain and provide recommended treatment options.
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1. Lopes, Jaqueline Santos Silva, et al. “Effects of Training with Elastic Resistance versus Conventional Resistance on Muscular Strength: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.” SAGE Open Medicine, SAGE Publications, 19 Feb. 2019, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6383082/.