By Travelle Gaines
The resistance band doesn’t look anywhere as intimidating as heavy plates or large dumbbells as it sits in the corner of your local gym, but if used correctly this simple stretchy tool is a great addition to any workout.
The great part about resistance bands is they’re something you can use anywhere. You can tie them to a door, you can have your partner or your teammate hold it for you, you can tie it to a chair in you room.
Simply said, no matter how you use resistance bands, they can be a great addition to your training. They are a variation that creates fast twitch muscles, and make you more explosive. People traditionally look at doing a lot of bench press. When you are benching heavy that’s fine, but go ahead and make that muscle elongated or faster by doing resistance band training.
Resistance Band Row
- Anchor resistance bands around a pole, pillar, or tree out in front of you.
- Sit back in an athletic squat position.
- Point your toes straight, keep your butt back, and push your chest out.
- Engage your core while rowing the bands back as hard as you can.
Workouts with this tool are a total body workout and work your muscles hard by creating resistance in a number of different directions. You must keep yourself stabilized against the resistance, and in return your stabilizer and support muscles, which are usually neglected during lifting, also can be strengthened.
No matter where you are or what equipment you have you can find a way to get a workout in with resistance bands. Although it is a great addition to your normal weight training, solely using resistance bands for workouts in your own space isn’t a bad option either.