Resistance bands used to be wimpy little things that people used for “toning” and rehab after injury but in the last decade they have come a LONG way. Now, no matter how strong or big you are, you can find a resistance band that challenges you. The beauty of resistance bands, lets enumerate!
- Durable. The good modern bands are made of very thick synthetic rubber and unless you store them in the sun where UV will destroy them, they will give you decades of reliable service. The ones I have are quite typical of this modern breed of bands and they are thick, probably a full 1/4″ thick (6mm) and vary in width from 1/4″ to 3″ for the seriously strong.
- Versatile. Unlike many exercise equipment like leg curl machines and ab wheel which just have one single use, the resistance band can be used to workout virtually every single body part.
- Easy to store. Complete home gyms take up half a room and are virtually permanent. Even things like an bench press station take up the same amount of room and are equally impractical for those who want home gyms with limited space. Resistance bands on the other hand you can just fold up and put in your top drawer!
- Easy to transport. Just as they are easy to store, they are easy to pack in carry on airline luggage. Even on when I am on multi-week bike treks and luggage is at a premium I will bring one band. You don’t need your entire assortment, after a bit of use you will figure out which one is useful for the most exercises.
I have a full set of resistance bands but the one I take for travel is actually one of the smaller ones. The reason is that while traveling, I can hit the big upper body muscles like pecs and lats with bodyweight exercises, all I need the resistance bands for is the smaller muscles like biceps, triceps, and shoulders. I have have the WODfitter resistance bands and am very happy with their quality, here they are with weakest ones first:
If you are really strong, take the black one for this workout, otherwise, the red one is probably a better choice. The price ranges from $15 to $40 depending on the size. Yes, they are expensive for “just some bands” but the big ones have a LOT of rubber in them and its worth it for quality because the last thing you want is 5 pounds of rubber breaking and becoming a window-breaking projectile.
Resistance Band Workouts
I am in the process of adding a bunch of these, here is my first hotel room travel workout
Resistance Band Workouts
I am in the process of adding a number of resistance band workouts, here is my first complete workout that you can do at home, in hotel room, or anywhere!