If you are new to resistance band workouts, a trip to your local sports store can have you shaking your head in confusion. First, you will be bombarded with a variety of colors, sizes, and shapes of the many types of resistance bands available.
And, then there are the accessories such as handles, anchors, or ankle straps. The choices can be overwhelming, but it is important that you buy the right weight and type for your size and fitness level or you won't get the results you are hoping to achieve.
Resistance bands provide a low-impact way to get a strength training workout without overly straining your muscles and joints.
The information here will examine some of the features to consider when deciding what types of resistance bands will meet your fitness needs.
1. Resistance Tubes: These are round, hollow, elastic tubes
with clips on each end for attaching handles.
2. Resistance Bands: These are flat, long pieces of elastic that are usually about 5-6 inches wide. They don't typically come with handles,although some can be purchased if desired. However, due to the style of these bands, exercises that require handles may be more effective if done with resistance tubes.
3. Resistance Loop/Figure Eight: These can be made of a flat band or tubing and are like large elastic bands. Since they do not have handles, they are usually wrapped around wrists or ankles.
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