Complete Guide to Band Exercises
This website contains everything you need to know if you are or want to start working out using band exercises (also called stretch tubing exercises).
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The 40+ band exercises featured on this website are classified by the main muscle group each targets, which you can access using the menu on the left.
For each band exercise you'll find animated illustrations as well as detailed textual instructions that together will make sure you perform the motions properly.
You'll also find on this website a collection of 6 workout routines that were specifically built using band exercises.
You may use these workout routines to target specific muscle areas of your body.
Thankfully, performing band exercises requires very little equipment and that equipment is usually very affordable. In its most basic form, you'll only need one exercise band (also called fitness band, stretching band, stretch tube) to perform a lot of the exercises featured on this website.
And usually you'll find you are able to completely equip yourself for under $100, a rarity compared to other, much more expensive equipment found in weight training.
The first benefit to using band exercises while working out is the fact that the equipment required is very inexpensive and portable.
You may pack your exercise bands with you when travelling and work out wherever you happen to find yourself, including any hotel room.
The second major benefit relates to how effective band exercises are when starting to work out again following an injury, as part of a rehabilitation program. Band exercises have been used in such settings for a long time and are particularly effective at toning your muscles and allowing you to gradually increase the stress on your muscles as you regain more strength.
There a few drawbacks to using band exercises that you should keep in mind.
Firstly, the resistance becomes greater as you move forward into your motions, or in other words the resistance level is not stable throughout an exercise.
As you near the end of a motion you'll reach the point where the resistance is greatest, which is not a terrible thing but is not ideal either as your muscles are not necessarily strongest at that point.
Secondly, it is difficult to estimate the resistance levels produced by the various tubes or bands. This means it'll be harder for you to chart down your strengthening progress.
Finally, you should remember that exercise bands are particularly vulnerable to wear and tear and as a result you should make sure before using them that there aren't any visible tears in them, however small they may be.