Resistance bands are elastic, stretchy bands that let you add light strength training to your exercise routine anywhere, anytime. Much like weight lifting, resistance bands allow you a full range of motion while providing tension, helping you flex and grow your muscles. Unlike weight lifting, however, resistance bands provide a safe, light workout that is infinitely customizable.
1 Understand how to use light resistance. One of the reasons resistance bands are popular is that they add resistance to a workout without drastically increasing the risk of injury like free weights and weight machines. Resistance bands work just like weights, except instead of gravity pulling down on your muscles you are fighting the tension in the band. Resistance bands allow you to create tension from any direction as opposed to just down, letting you work out every muscle in multiple ways.
2 Determine the amount or resistance by the band's color. Most resistance bands have easy color coding to help users develop a workout. Usually, the fitness regimen includes starting with a medium resistance band and working up. Though not a perfect system, darker colored bands generally have higher resistance. These forces are rough and vary based off of the extension of the bands (i.e., the further they are stretched, the more resistance they offer).
3 Adjust your band's position to make the workout easier or harder. The more of the band you have exposed the easier the exercise will be. This is because the band has more room to stretch. The bands provide the most resistance when they can barely stretch anymore, much like a rubber band is harder to pull on the tighter it is stretched. There are several ways to make bands more effective if they feel too easy:
4 Use slow, controlled movements for perfect form. You never want to rush or push through an exercise to get it done. Your body should move slowly and fluidly, without rapid or jerking motions. After each rep, return to resting position calmly -- a controlled return is just as important as the initial movement for building muscle.
5 Work on high-rep, low intensity sets. You want to aim for a lot of reps with resistance bands, since the weight is often not as difficult as going to the gym. Shoot for 12-20 reps of each exercises, and do 3 sets of each workout. You want to be straining to complete the last 2-3 reps each time, but not so much that you can't finish.
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