We’ve mentioned the many benefits resistance bands have when you use them for fitness exercises and rehabilitation.

Use them to get in shape or use them to help you recover from an injury.

Due to its versatility, you can use resistance bands to target virtually every muscle in your body.  It has become an increasingly popular fitness tool for those looking to tone muscles and increase strength.

Depending on your goals, the resistance from exercise bands provide the necessary tension to strengthen your body.  If you’re using them for them fitness, you can combine free weights with the bands or you can simply choose a different level of tension.

Theraband, one of the main brands, are an APTA (American Physical Therapy Association) endorsed product, and one of the main brands used for Physical Therapy.

They come in varying levels of resistance represented by different colors.

The following color progression chart represents the resistance levels of each band:

color-code

Tan/Extra Thin – The lightest amount of resistance.
Yellow/Thin – Light resistance. Very little effort.
Red/Medium – Medium resistance.
Green/Medium to Heavy – Medium to heavy level of resistance.
Blue/Extra Heavy – Heavy resistance. For those who are stronger.
Black/Heaviest – Heaviest resistance. This is used primarily for the large muscle groups.

Most manufacturers follow the same general color code.  So whichever brand you choose to go with, this color chart will give you a general idea for the level of tension each resistance band color provides.

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