Traditionally used in rehabilitate care, training brands - or resistance bands - are becoming increasingly popular in gyms and homes across the UK.
What are Training Bands?
Why use training bands?
Well, the first thing that springs to mind is that training bands are incredibly cost effective. Compared to an annual gym membership or buying your own gym equipment, you can get a full-body workout for a fraction of the cost. Plus, they’re extremely space efficient for using in your own home.
And they’re incredibly versatile
Prefer to train in your living room, garden, or your local park? No problem. With training brands, you can work out anywhere you want, whenever you want.
Great for beginners and athletes alike
You don’t need to have any experience of resistance band training to use these bands, so they’re open to people of all levels of ability. Many personal trainers and gyms also organise resistance training sessions for groups so you can learn how to use them effectively while training with others.
Exercise when you travel
Because resistance bands are so portable, you can easily take them on holiday so you don't miss out on any workouts. Use them in your hotel room, on the beach, out in the sticks, or anywhere. However, if you intend to carry the bands in your hand luggage, it might be worth checking with your airline beforehand. It's highly unlikely you'll have any problems storing them in hold luggage, however.
Working out with training brands
Here are just a few examples of the types of exercises you can do with resistance bands:
Standing Chest Press
A great alternative to the traditional bench press, the Standing Chest Press is perfect for working all of the pectoral muscles. Loop the training bands to a sturdy surface facing your back, then grab a handle in each hand, move forward with your palms facing down and your elbows up, then press the handles together while moving them forward at the same time. Make sure your hands are at chest height and that you're not recruiting too much of your shoulder muscles.
Stand on the band, hold the handles, then lift them so your hands are the same height as your shoulders. With your palms facing forwards, elbows bent, and arms aligned to your torso, lift the handles up until your arms are extended over your head, then return to the starting position and repeat.
Unlike normal bodyweight squats, this version is more challenging. That's because the resistance bands create additional tension on your lower body. To start with, loop the band around your feet and behind your neck, holding the bands with both hands just above shoulder level. Perform the squat until your upper legs are parallel to the floor, then return to the starting point and repeat for more reps.