Over the weeks of being in lock down, fit bands, resistance bands, tubes have made a massive comeback. Do not get me wrong, they never really disappeared, but they were not in common use amongst gym goers. Exercise bands have been around for over 20 years in various forms, you may, if you were lucky still use them in yoga, Pilates classes, or use them for rehabilitation purposes. For a while they were hidden away in the back of our cupboards, rolled up and stored away or thrown over your medicine balls.
Then boom! They are every were, you cannot miss them. Women around the world have been Butt shaping, leg toning, building and sculpting their bodies.
Lock down has seen a surge in the use of home exercise equipment; however, bands are easy to use, cost effective, versatile and can be stored away easily. They come in a variety of resistance and materials, fabrics, rubber, even latex free. There are so many on the market it can be quite confusing.
So, here is a quick overview.
Loops (The big Mamma)
They remind me of large elastic rubber bands, large and flat. Great for an all over body workout. Variety of resistance, ranging from, easy – heavy resistance. Types of exercise:
- Pull ups
- Push ups
Rubber or fabric. Fabric loop bands are becoming more popular, less tendency to roll up or fold over. Much stronger and have more padding, and ladies we do need padding. Great for lateral movements to activate butt and hips, all round leg and butt workout. But do not just stop at the lower body with these, fantastic for upper body, too.
- Squat and a side leg raise
- Lat pulldown
- Forward or backward lunges.
Widely used in Pilates and yoga classes. Great for supporting a pose or using resistance for a pose/exercise. Great variety for its use, different grades of resistance depending on the strength of the participant. Can be used in Pilates for:
- Roll ups
- Hip bridge
- Single leg stretch
Tube bands with handles.
Traditional bands which are longer in length. Figure 8 bands, Shorter and smaller, looks like the number 8. May attach to doors, handles, steps. Versatile depending on the band you use. Resistance between 5-40 lbs.
- Bicep curls
- Upright rows
- Chest press/flys
- Tricep extensions
- Side arm raises
There you have it, a quick overview of some of the bands on the market.
Drop me your pics or stories on how you have been using your bands. I have seen some amazing transformation and exercises using these bands over the weeks. It is a great piece of equipment to add to your workout routine, so get banding!
Until next time,