Do you use resistance bands in your workouts?

We’ve just launched Shred Bands, our own resistance bands, in the U.S. They’re coming soon to the UK and we wanted to give you the lowdown on resistance bands!

Resistance bands are reinforced pieces of thin, strong rubber with handles on the end. They’re a funky, fuss-free alternative to lifting weights but they still give you a great workout.

The bands work so well because you have to keep them tense to see the benefit. When you’re working on one muscle group, other groups will also be worked as you hold the tense band in the correct position. In comparison, weights only work certain muscles during certain movements.

They’re suitable for any age or level of fitness ability as they come in a range of resistances.

With a kit of resistance bands, you can work almost all of your major muscle groups without having to use heavy weights.

What Are The Key Benefits Of Using Resistance Bands?

  • Effective – They’re just as effective as using dumbbells!
  • Inexpensive – Getting a whole set is much cheaper than a gym membership!
  • Portable – Use your resistance bands anywhere!
  • Easy storage – The kit can be easily packed into one bag, so you don’t lose any storage space!
  • Lightweight – Grab and go, no matter where you are!
  • Simple to use – There’s no complex training course needed for resistance bands!
  • Variety for your workouts – Add variety into your workouts and see better results straight away!
  • Any fitness level/ability – You can be a beginner or a pro to use resistance bands!

Resistance bands add variety to your workouts, which prevents your body from adapting to the exercises. You should always look to vary your exercises to ensure that you continue to see benefits. If your body gets used to an exercise routine then you’re no longer challenging your muscles.

So what exercises can you do with resistance bands?

 

Chest Press

Instructions:

  • Attach the centre of the band to a door with the door attachment and hold the ends with one handle in each hand.
  • Stand with your back to the door and with your elbows bent. Your upper arms should be held up at the same level as your shoulders.
  • Straighten your arms out in front of you by pushing forward as you hold the handles.
  • Slowly return to the starting position without jarring your arms.

 

Seated Row

Instructions:

  • Sit on the floor in a rowing position, with your knees slightly bent. Place the centre of the band around the base of your feet and hold the handles in each hand.
  • Hold the handles and pull the band back in a rowing motion, keeping your upper arms raised for maximum workout.

 

Bicep Curls

Instructions:

  • Stand on one end of the band with either one foot (easier) or both feet (harder).
  • Hold the other end of the band in one hand and bend your elbow, bringing the band up to your shoulder. Curl just as you would with a dumbbell.

 

Squats

Instructions:

  • Stand with your feet further apart than hip width.
  • Tie your band around both legs, so it rests just above your knees.
  • Squat with the tense band around your legs to get a squat workout with a difference.

 

Make sure you’re getting the most from your workouts by incorporating resistance bands!

Find out more about Shred Bands, resistance bands from Master of Muscle, on the U.S. website here.

Resistance bands will soon be available in the UK so keep an eye out for a release date!

 

Do you use resistance bands in your workouts? Let us know via Twitter, Facebook or in the comments below!