There are so many benefits to adding some resistance bands to your workout!
Many people think that a banded workout will restrict their range of motion but in fact it's quite the opposite. Banded workouts support stabilisation and actually engage muscles that we need for our larger muscles and joints - they are definitely the MVP in the workout world.
Don't get me wrong adding weights such as dumbells to a workout is a great option to add resistance, but free weights rely heavily on gravity for resistance as they move up and down - using a band enables you to move muscles with resistance in multiple directions making it a more dynamic prop.
Adding bands helps build muscle and strength but can also increase stability. The resistance you select is also important make sure that for lower body exercises you are using a medium to heavy band and for upper body exercises you have grabbed a light to medium band so you can keep good form throughout your reps!
Got 15 min? Here are our top 5 recommendations for resistance band exercises:
🍑 Squats, squats and more squats - keeping feet parallel, using wide stance or even sumo squats with a band are great to get those glutes firing!
💪🏼 Push ups - put the band around your upper arm this will act as a shoulder stabiliser and allow you to engage the right muscles
🏃♀️Lunges - working against gravity a banded lunge helps the hamstrings activate
🤸🏽♀️Shoulder bridges - a tricky exercise at the best of times. Using a band above the knees helps keep you in good alignment and will stop those glutes turning off when they need to be active
🚶🏻Banded walks - Band around your ankles or above your knees this one adds spice to your hamstrings, quads and glutes and you can even do it around the house
We'd love to hear from you - drop us a comment below on what your favourite resistance band exercises are!