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Latex Resistance Bands Set: Exercise Tips

Woman with good physique doing stretching work out with elastic bands

Exercise bands are easy-to-use pieces of equipment that can add muscle-building power to various forms of workouts. They work both the primary muscle groups and secondary muscles (similar to what happens during routine chores).

A latex resistance bands set is portable and easy to store. This makes the set ideal for hotel workouts, home gyms or making the most of small exercise space.

Resistance bands come in various sizes, lengths and resistance levels. This ranges from very stretchable to heavy-duty strength which makes them highly preferred by many people. Check out these tips on how to use resistance bands for your workouts.

Brief History of Resistance Bands

In 1986, a Swiss man by the name of Gustav Gossweiler was granted a patent from the United States for a resistance apparatus. Around the late 1800s, a variety of fitness equipment based on the resistance model started to become more prominent in mail retail orders.

Training with resistance bands first came about around the 1900s. The original design for the bands was created from surgical tubing. The popularity of these bands surged in the 1990s when more physiotherapists were using them for sessions with their clients.

Benefits of Using Resistance Bands

Just like free weights, resistance bands provide external resistance for your muscles to work against. These bands are a great strength training tool as they help activate and tone muscles to build strength and muscle more effectively.

Another big reason to have a latex resistance bands set is that they bring variety and versatility to the workout routine. Your body adapts quickly to different movements and switches things up to challenge your muscles. This helps your muscles break through plateaus─ creating positive growth fitness.

Exercise bands are great for dynamic warm-ups and stretching. Light and extra light latex bands can be used to stretch and warm-up the lower body and upper body. Warming up your muscles before strength training can help activate the target muscles and prevent injuries.

Resistance bands are particularly great for lower body training as they help activate the glutes and hamstrings. The common band workouts for glute activation include glute bridge abduction, banded lateral walks, and fire hydrants.

Resistance Band Exercises

Resistance bands are very versatile when it comes to training. You can use resistance bands for a variety of exercises. Here are a few workouts you can do to get your heart rate up.

Cardio
Try using your bands to do jumping jacks. Hold the resistance in both hands over your head and pull it down as you do jumping jacks.

Bands are also great for front and back double leg jumps. Place the band in front of you and on the floor. Make sure it’s in a straight line from right to left.

Start by jumping over the resistance band with both feet to land in front before jumping diagonally back to the right. Using the band as a marker, continue jumping back and forward before coming back.

Strength Training
Strength training is an adaptable form of workout that you can do almost anywhere. If you’re not sure how to use resistance bands for strength training, it’s advisable to start by doing basic workouts you’re familiar with.

Here are suitable examples:

Bicep curls- Stand on the band with one foot or both feet. Grab the handles in each hand and snuggle in a bicep curl─ the same way you would with dumbbells. Step the feet wide or use a heavy band if you intend to make this move challenging.

Chest press- Wrap the band around a pole and it should be at around the chest level. Step far enough from the pole to get constant tension on the band. With elbows in a “goal-post” position, push back and out.  

People in the gym using resistance bands to stretch their legs

Importance of Resistance Bands

Resistance bands can play a big role in your fitness goals and lifestyle. They engage the muscles in targeted and specific ways without the compromising effect of free weights. This means that they are safer than some other workout equipment for certain levels of fitness (especially beginners).

Another important factor about them is that they’re compact so you don’t have to miss any workouts. Even if you’re traveling, these bands can accompany you. 

But most people actually aren’t traveling much these days due to requirements of quarantine for COVID-19. In times like these, resistance bands come in hand to help you remain in shape when gyms are closed. They’re inexpensive and don’t take up much space so you can continue to remain healthy even when you can’t leave your home.

Tips for Choosing the Right Latex Resistance Bands Set

The most common types of exercise bands are loop bands, therapy bands and tube bands with handles. If you aren’t sure what latex band is right for you, these tips can help.

  1. Assess your level of fitness and goals
  2. Get the simple, flat resistance bands
  3. Pick the right shape and size
  4. Buy at least 3-color level bands
  5. Start easily, progress steadily
  6. Choose based off your fitness level 
  7. Ask a fitness or medical expert for advice

Add a Latex Resistance Bands Set to Your Workouts

A latex resistance band set is an excellent addition for both beginners and seasoned athletes. It is easy to use and an inexpensive form of resistance training. This article highlights how to use them, the benefits and what to look for when buying them.

Keep in mind that resistance training is meant to be progressive. It’s always a good idea to start at a comfortable level and progress to more resistance as your strength improves. 

If you’re looking to buy good quality resistance bands to add to your exercise routines, check out the wellness section of our shop.

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