The use of resistance bands for exercise goes back a few decades, gaining popularity in the early 1990s.
Prior to the introduction of resistance band training, those seeking the benefits of weight training were generally limited to barbells, dumbbells and exercise machines.
While free weights and machines remain popular among gym goers, resistance bands offer unique and exciting advantages, making them more popular. They are lightweight, portable and offer many options. Thus, resistance band training was born! These tools are commonly used to rehabilitate injuries and to strengthen and tone muscles. Free weight training relies on mass and gravity, limiting the range of motion. Resistance bands provide the user with a much greater range of exercise options and movements.
One benefit of training with resistance bands is the VERSATILITY, both in terms of the wide variety of exercises they accommodate and the range of movement available. These are functional movements that not only improve strength but also promote length and flexibility.
The benefits of resistance band training apply not only to flexibility and muscular strength but also to your BONES. Band training functions as weight bearing exercise, stimulating bone growth to create a stronger, denser musculoskeletal system. This is particularly important as we age.
A third benefit of using Bands is SAFETY. Since resistance bands apply a minimum load on muscles and connective tissues, the risk of injury is much lower than working with free weights. Bands are often used in physical therapy and rehab and are a great choice for anyone dealing with existing injuries or joint pain, allowing you to perform exercises that might not be possible with free weights or machines.
Resistance bands are beneficial for ALL LEVELS OF FITNESS. Bands come in a variety of resistance levels and provide a great workout for everyone from beginners all the way up to professional athletes (ask Tom Brady, as bands are his preferred method of training!). They’re also perfectly suited for seniors and pre and post-natal women.
Resistance Bands offer an effective FULL BODY WORKOUT and are frequently used in disciplines as diverse as strength training, Yoga, Pilates and Barre. There’s really no limit to what you can do, incorporating and attacking every single muscle and joint in the body. From head to toe and from muscle to joint, bands have got you covered!
When you combine resistance band training with cardio and a healthy diet, you have a perfect recipe for a strong, flexible, fit body and one that will last a lifetime!
Susan Kaempf is a manager and group fitness instructor at Privé-Swiss Fitness, an award-winning, upscale, boutique fitness studio, located at 1587 Boston Post Road, Westbrook, 757 Boston Post Road, Madison and 57 Main Street, Ivoryton (coming soon); phone: 860-391-8735; website: www.priveswissfitness.com.