Resistance bands have become an increasingly popular fitness tool for those looking for a fun, convenient, and creative way to tone muscles and increase strength.
Whether it’s for your home gym or for those who are continuously on the go, resistance bands are an excellent travel tool.
Just stick them in your suitcase and take it with you to get a quick workout in your hotel room or virtually anywhere for that matter.
You’ll find many band exercises incorporated into many rehabilitative exercises and regular fitness programs.
There are plenty of good bands out there. Some are designed with longevity in mind but very few will withstand the excessive use that comes with physical therapy and . You’ll need reputable brands like CanDo or Theraband, which happens to be endorsed by the APTA (American Physical Therapy Association).
We’ll be covering most of them on this site.
|Thera-Band- 6 Yard- Tan||Extra Thin||Tan||6 yds|
|Thera-Band 6-Yard Exercise Band (Yellow, Light)||Thin||Yellow||6 yds|
|Theraband 6yd Red Medium||Medium||Red||6 yds|
|Hygenic Thera-Band Resistive Latex Exercise Band 6 yards, Heavy, Green||Heavy||Green||6 yds|
|Hygenic Thera-Band Resistive Latex Exercise Band 6 yards, Extra Heavy, Blue||Extra Heavy||Blue||6 yds|
|Theraband 20060 Professional Resistance Band Black (Special Heavy) 6 Yard Roll||Spcl Heavy||Black||6 yds|
|YogaAccessories (TM) Precut 6' Thera-Band - Silver (22 mils)||Spr Heavy||Silver||6 yds|
|6 yd Therapy Band - Gold/Max||Max||Gold||6 yds|
Benefits of Resistance Bands
Studies show that there are added benefits to the use of resistance bands over free weights.
While free weights require gravity and up and down movements, resistance bands like Theraband provide constant tension allowing you to target areas that would typically be more difficult with free weights.
You can perform exercises that would involve kicking, punching, swinging (i.e., golf swing, baseball bat) and a range of other motions where the bands would provide continuous tension.
For example, when you perform bicep curls with free weights, the tension gets weaker at certain points but with resistance bands, the tension is constant throughout the full range of motion.
If you’re currently shopping for resistance bands, you’ll find that there are quite a few brands out there at which point you’re probably asking yourself, which are the best resistance bands?
Some bands are made with multiple layers of latex which improve its strength.
Many of these bands you find on the market are made in China and in our opinion should be avoided.
They’re simply not reliable and you run the risk of injuring yourself in addition to some health risks involving the ingredients used for manufacturing.
Try to stick with well known and reputable manufacturers and if you’re unsure just ask your trainer or therapist.
Chances are if you’re using it for physical therapy then your therapist will more than likely recommend Therabands.
Aside from its manufacturing, there are two other factors to consider when searching for the best resistance bands for you.
Costs vary depending on the make, length, resistance level, etc…
The expression you get what you pay for definitely applies.
If the resistance bands cost significantly less than the average, chances are they are manufactured overseas and as mentioned previously, avoid these at all cost.
If you find that the good ones are above what you would consider paying for you can also consider making your own with surgical tubing or buy the bands without the handles.
That is the preference of most of our trainers.
They prefer using just the bands/tubes without the handles and just wrap them around their hands or feet.
That eliminates any chance of the handle falling/slipping off.
All resistance bands are color coded to represent the varying levels of resistance.
Colors vary among the brands so just follow the color charts they provide.
Try to select one where you can complete at least 10 reps of curls and another one that provides more resistance for your legs.
See this Resistance Band color chart for more information.
Resistance Bands for Physical Therapy
Resistance bands have been used for Physical Therapy for years.
They provide effective resistance training without affecting the joints or exacerbating any injuries.
Due to the full range of motion that the bands provide, Physical Therapists are able to help patients increase their strength.
Resistance Band Exercises
There are a number of resistance band exercises that can be performed with any one of the resistance bands.
From common leg exercises to regular arm exercises, you can follow the traditional routines or you can get creative.
Use your surroundings like the door or chair to assist you with your workouts.
Most importantly, make sure to inspect your bands prior to use to insure safety.
Last thing you would need is to have the band snap!
Resistance Band Equipment
From resistance bands to exercise balls, there are a number of products to choose from.
The type of fitness activity you choose will determine which product is suitable for your program.
The most common resistance bands are the tubes (with handles), loops, and bands.
We always prefer the bands for the following reasons:
- Bands can be used in place of tubes. You can wrap the bands around your hand in place of handles and virtually anything you can do with tubes can be done with bands and more.
- If the band you’re using doesn’t have the right amount of resistance, you can simply fold the band, provided it’s long enough, and you’ll double the resistance. You can also just add another band to your routine and increase the resistance that way.
- Use the bands to replace loops. Tie the ends of the bands together and you get a loop … it’s that simple.
- When a tube breaks, it’s like a whip. When a band breaks, it’s like being slapped with a small towel. Both will hurt but what would you prefer, a whip or a towel?
People have their preferences.
Use what you feel more comfortable with.
But remember that a band can be used to perform anything a tube or loop can do.
You can attempt a few routines a resistance tube that would typically be done by a regular resistance band but it just won’t have the same comfort or may not even have the same effects.
Pick equipment you enjoy using.
Believe us when we say if you don’t enjoy using it, it won’t be used.
Objective is to provide you with as much information as possible to help you with your decision.
If you cannot find answers to your questions within our website, please feel free to contact us.