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Resistance Band Training

July 7, 2010

By Gerard Bochese

Resistance bands are a great way to add variety to your workout; they allow you to train with freedom of movement, and they’re portable enough to go anywhere.

Variety:

Resistance bands are a great tool to use in your training regimen.  They should not be the sole workout device but should be mixed in with free weights, bodyweight, and other forms of strength training.  Resistance bands come in a variety of resistances, lengths, and styles (two handles, four handles, Velcro straps, etc). Unlike a dumbbell or barbell in which the weight remains the same throughout the entire exercise, the resistance band becomes harder (or tighter) as the exercise reaches its end ranges of motion.  This is what makes them very different (variety) from regular strength equipment.  They can also be used in a much more ballistic fashion, and movements with resistance bands, when done correctly, can be performed safely at high speeds (see blog on plyometric training).

Freedom of Movement:

Most resistance strength-training machines follow a fixed pathway and the user must follow that pathway.  Resistance bands allow the user to have freedom of movement.  Alternating arm actions can be employed, rotational movements (resembling baseball swings and wood chops) can be trained, and high to low or low to high pathways can be taken.  There is no movement or motion that cannot be trained with a resistance band.  You can build some foundational strength with resistance machines, but the performance-enhancing motions of everyday life can be greatly improved with band training exercises.  Think of the movement you want to improve and try training it with the added workload provided by a resistance band.  Start with slow, deliberate motions and work your way toward increasing you speed (real life speeds).

Portable Gym:

If you’re traveling on business or going on vacation, you can take some different strength resistance bands, find a solid structure to hook them to, and have a full workout.  Or if you like to be outside during these beautiful summer months, head to your backyard or local park and again hook the bands to something solid and start training every motion and body part with these extremely versatile bands.  I carry mine in my Jeep Wrangler and head to the beach.  I hook up a variety of different strength bands to the roll bar of the jeep, set up a circuit and just start pulling and pushing and rotating until I’m worn out.

Resistance bands are inexpensive, versatile, portable, and extremely effective.  Check out some of the band movements on “Beach Body Workout.”

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  1. July 9, 2010 1:12 am

    Oh.. This sounds great! I think it’s more friendly compared to other workout equipments, right? 🙂 Will surely check this out!

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