The modest little fitness band may be one of the greatest innovations to hit the world of fitness. It’s light, compact, inexpensive, and if you know how to use it properly, it can be incredibly effective at helping you build strength. If you’re on a mission to gain strength and flexibility, you should give them a try. Here’s what you need to know about getting started with fitness bands.
Types of Fitness Bands
You can quibble over the differences between fitness bands and fitness tubes, but for practical purposes and beginners just getting started, they can be used very similarly and serve very similar functions, namely, helping you to gain strength and flexibility safely and efficiently.
Bands made from rubber tubing are essentially long pieces of round elastic tubing that have a handle on each end. You stand on the middle with one or both feet to anchor it while you pull with your arms. If your exercise tubes come with a door attachment, they’re even more versatile. You close the attachment in the door. Then you slip the tube through it and pull against the door for added resistance.
Looped resistance bands are loops made of flat elastic material. They look like the bigger, tougher cousins of the generic office rubber band. Loops are most often used for lower body exercises. You put them around your ankles and work your legs against each other. It’s also possible to use them with the door attachment for a few exercises.
Flat resistance bands are long and straight. They’re very thin and in the neighborhood of six inches wide. You can use them as they come or tie them into a loop. These bands are very versatile, and you can use them for upper or lower body moves.
If you’re in Woodbridge, New Jersey, and want to learn more about heavy resistance bands to build strength and stamina, stop by The Max Challenge Gym or visit online at THE MAX Challenge of Woodbridge, NJ.