How are resistance bands beneficial

We all love a great resistance band, but do we know why they work and what makes them so amazing?

Well it is quite simple, check out this list below:

Benefits of using a resistance band in your workout:

Easy on the go piece of equipment

Can be used to work many muscles

Relatively safe to use (risk of injury with a resistance band is almost non-existent)

No gravity involved, so different training to free weights (unique resistance)

Less joint compression (unlike weights)

Variety is endless!

Add resistance to complex multi-joint movements

This is not to say that all your workouts should be resistance band based, however it does mean that they should play a large role in making your workout super effective. Resistance bands should be used as an additional tool in your workout toolbox 😉

Here is how a resistance band can assist with glute growth.

The list below are the main movements your glutes are responsible for:

Hip extension - eg. kickback

Hip abduction - eg. sideways motion

Externally rotate femur- eg. hips out

Posterior tilt – eg. butt/hips in

So a perfect example would be the hip thrust; you have a posterior pelvic tilt at the top of the movement (provided your form is correct), it is naturally a hip extending movement. Forcing out against the resistance band means you are causing some abduction and if you kick your knees out a tad against the resistance band you are now externally rotating the hip.

And just like that, the resistance band takes a simple glute movement and turns it into a full force, all directions covered, movement.

The same would apply for a squat as well as a deadlift. You may not hit all 4 directions but at least more than one every time! And who doesn’t want more bang for their buck.

These are just some examples of how resistance band training can improve your workouts and help you take it up a notch - especially when you have the basics right. The preference of using a Fit Band comes from their width and the fact that they don't roll up, twist, snap or pinch. I would highly recommend you invest in one today 😉 Do that here..

Until next time ladies, train hard!

Izzy

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Isilda Da Costa is a personal trainer and women’s fitness specialist who, if she isn’t at the gym training, is busy researching the most up to date information for growing those muscles. She has combined her love of everything healthy by being a health coach in her own health shop in Swaziland. Follow along on @izzy.fitness.pt

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