8 Ways to level-up your Workout with Resistance Bands

Maybe you’ve seen people using resistance bands in a class at the gym and wondered if something that simple can do anything for you.

“People have the misconception that you use resistance bands for physical therapy or if you’re injured and are trying to get back to exercising,” says Jackie Church, an exercise physiologist and ACE certified trainer. “That’s where they began, but they’ve grown to be so much more.”

And the TheraBand CLX resistance bands are even more than other bands. Here are eight reasons every exerciser should have at least one CLX.

1. RESISTANCE BANDS ARE AFFORDABLE

If you decide to join a gym, you could be paying more than €50 per month. You may not even go often enough to make it worth the cost.

If you decide to exercise at home and buy a machine like a treadmill, it could set you back more than €1,000, while sets of dumbbells cost a couple of hundred euros. But a good resistance band, like the TheraBand CLX, is less than €25.

2. YOU CAN TAKE THEM ANYWHERE

People who frequently travel for work know that hotel gyms can be very hit or miss. But who would ever carry weights in their suitcase?

Next time, toss resistance bands in your suitcase. “When I travel, I take two with me,” Church says. “They’re super lightweight and hardly take up space. Then you can do a workout in your hotel room whenever you want to.”

3. THEY ARE STRAIGHTFORWARD

Walking into a gym can be intimidating—and walking into the weight room can be even scarier. If you haven’t worked out in a while or are new to exercising, you may feel more comfortable using TheraBand CLX at home. They’re intuitive to use, and you don’t have to worry about dropping one on your foot.

4. YOU CAN DO TONS OF EXERCISES WITH THEM

“The hardest part about resistance bands is to get people to understand what you can do with a simple piece of rubber,” says Michael Rogers, Ph.D., chair of the department of Performance Studies at Wichita State University. “Any exercise you would do in a gym, you can do with a band, and even things you can’t do with standard equipment, you can do with CLX.” The loops on the CLX work as handles and anchors, producing a wide range of exercises, making it an ideal choice.

5. THEY PROVIDE BUILT-IN FEEDBACK

“If you do a lateral raise with a dumbbell, you may be lifting out at a 45-degree angle and not realize it,” Church says. “But with resistance bands, you can see if that band is going straight out or to the side. You get that visual feedback and can see if you’re doing it correctly.” This way you target the correct muscles and avoid injury.

6. RESISTANCE BANDS INCREASE STRENGTH

Research shows that all populations benefit from exercising with resistance bands.

In a recent study, researchers had fit young men train with either weights and weight machines or the TheraBand CLX. At the end of the experiment, both groups had similar gains in strength and muscle.

In another study from 2008, sedentary middle-aged women trained twice a week for two weeks using either resistance bands or weight machines. When the study was over, both groups had lost about the same amount of fat and gained about the same amount of lean muscle.

7. THEY CAN IMPROVE ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE

In addition to using resistance bands on their own, you can also use them with sports equipment. “We can recreate sports activities like a golf swing or tennis racket swing, which you can’t do with a dumbbell,” Rogers says.

Whereas a dumbbell isolates one main muscle, using the band allows people to go through the full range of motion that simulates a specific sports activity. So instead of working just your biceps or triceps, you can work your entire shoulder girdle and all the smaller muscles around your shoulder.

“This can help tennis players develop a more powerful forehand or backhand,” Rogers noted.

8. EXERCISES ARE MORE EFFECTIVE AND FASTER WITH RESISTANCE BANDS

Using a CLX to add resistance to an exercise makes your muscles work harder. And that leads to better results, in less time. You can easily incorporate the CLX into almost any exercise, from pushups and squats to burpees and standing oblique crunches. And since you can work your entire body using just a resistance band, you won’t spend time switching equipment between exercises. That facilitates a fast workout.

Bottom line: If you’re looking for an affordable, versatile and effective way to workout, the TheraBand CLX is the way to go.

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