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Strength Training with Resistance Bands

Getting Strong with Resistance Bands

Ahh….resistance bands. We all have probably seen them in the gym and they don’t get much use. As a personal trainer I am here to tell you that I use them all the time, as do other trainers. They are a tool that we as trainers love and use them all of the time with our clients.

Resistance bands are a great way to get a full body workout when either just starting your fitness journey or are an experienced gym member. They are also a beneficial way to incorporate some strength training to your workout without the added amount of stress on your joints like free-weights and machines. Resistance bands are a good way to target stabilizing muscles in ways that we can’t from free-weights and machines.

Resistance bands are also small and lightweight making them easy to take and use from anywhere. So if you don’t feel like going to the gym that day you can use them from home or take them with you when you are traveling. For the most part resistance bands are relatively inexpensive to purchase, as long as you stay away from the name brands which work just as well. You can buy long resistance bands with handles that are great for strength training or bands that are a small loop that are great for targeting to stabilizing muscles. If you are now considering purchasing some resistance bands think about buying some at different tension levels so that you can get the most out of them when performing your exercises.

 

Sample workout:

Resistance Band Chest Press: 3 sets of 12-15 reps

Resistance Band Squat and Shoulder Press: 3 sets of 12-15 reps

Resistance Band Crunches: 3 sets of 12-15 reps

Resistance Band Rows: 3 sets of 12-15reps

Resistance Band Glute Kickbacks: 3 sets 12-15 reps

Resistance Band Side Walks: 3 sets of 12-15 reps

Resistance Band Twists: 3 sets of 12-15 reps

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