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One great tool for strength training is the resistance band, and here are 7 reasons why.
Resistance bands are essentially one-size-fits-all. With its elasticity, it doesn’t matter how strong you are, you will be able to find a resistance that best suits you by giving the band more or less slack. You can even use multiple bands at once for a bigger challenge.
Resistance bands are also extremely versatile as it can be used for almost any muscle in your body that needs strengthening. Need stronger thigh muscles? Try this exercise. Now, you’ll have no excuses not to give your body a thorough whipping.
As the level of the resistance band’s difficulty is solely dependent on the user, it can therefore be used for a variety of training methods. You can, for instance, use the band for: warming up, cooling down, isometric strength training, the list goes on.
Muscle strength doesn’t necessarily mean just raw power; its ability to react is just as important, and that can be improved with the resistance band. “How?” you may ask. By executing an isometric training strategy, whereby you gradually up the intensity, you’ll reach a point where your muscles weaken and you find yourself shaking. When that happens, alter the resistance of the band, and it will send a new resistance level for the muscles to react to. This is the desired end result of the training: creating different levels of resistance for your muscles. This ultimately enhances your speed-strength coordination, and therefore maximising your running power.
In comparison to free weights, resistance bands do not rely on gravity to provide resistance. Therefore, it has the potential for more functional movement patterns that mimic everyday activities and sport-specific activities. Simply put, it does not only provide resistance in a vertical plane, which is the direction of gravity. You can perform exercises that help strengthen your hip flexors such as twisting your body with better resistance, maximising each workout.
Another benefit – or “gripe” for some people – of resistance bands is that it prevents the user from “cheating” on the exercise. Unlike free weights, the user cannot take advantage of momentum to complete one full motion. The physical properties of elastic resistance devices make it as such, and users have to utilise more muscle fibres in the exercising muscle to continue stretching the elastic material.
There are so many exercises that can be performed with the resistance band, and having a variety of them helps your muscles adapt to different movements. If you already have free weights where you work out, you can combine the two elements together for a tougher workout, increasing its overall effectiveness.
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