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I wouldn't say better or worse, necessarily, but different. Resistance bands provide maximum resistance at the peak of the motion when the band is stretched, and without gravity pulling any weight down. So they tend to target different muscles, and usually don't involve much in the way of stabilizer muscles.Meanwhile free weights tend to provide max resistance around the center of the motion, and do get dragged down by gravity so they engage different muscle groups.I tend to think free weights are sort of better since they more frequently mimic what we do in real life (like lifting a heavy piece of furniture). Yet resistance bands offer their pros as well. The ideal is probably to combine both, but resistance bands can be handy since they're easy to carry around everywhere (I have some really heavy duty ones that range from 80lbs to 200lbs)..
Another neat thing about resistance bands is that you can use them to make certain body motions easier, like pull-ups and dips, by using the bands to assist the motion and reduce resistance rather than add. My wife used mine initially since she couldn't do a single pull-up unassisted, but with the bands assisting her, she was able to do them and gradually work her way to doing unassisted pull-ups.
When I train people I like to use them. They're especially useful for people who are rehabilitating. There's no reason you can't use them in addition to weights though. Lateral band walks, glute bridge with knee press out, etc... Good for targeting those smaller muscles and stability.
Exactly! I work in a nursing home as CNA and a restorative aide. Those resistance bands helped the residents so much.
I've heard that they're important to use before the main workout. Activates the glutes.
Yes it’s good. But it doesn’t mean you should stop doing weights.
Both weights and bands have a place in your personal gym. Bands are great if you travel a lot.I would get the simple rolls of banding rather than the style in the picture. You can cut your own, tie a knot, untie it, retie it in a different configuration, etc. and the rolls are usually less costly. Regardless, machines, hand weights, bands, isotonic device and isometric devices for strength training- plus some type of cardio- ALL have their place in a well-balanced exercise reigime
They are good if you can't go. to the gym. They create some resistance. However, you can't compare them with weights. Also, they can be pretty annoying as they can slip during exercise. I don't generally use them. I bought some when I didn't go to the gym. They need to be replaced periodically, so it is not worth it in my opinion.
I personally don’t like them, I prefer weight lifting.
stick with free weights you can do a lot more with them than you can rubber bands
But the bands are cheaper and easier to store
@Felinegirl But not as effective
You can experiment with it but it's better doing calisthenics anyway
They are good for training for lateral quickness, but there are also better type of bands for that as well
They have their place, for assisted pull ups, mobility work etc. Weights will always be superior, but still better than doing body weight exercises
They help. Try weight training. 😎
they're only worth it if you use them
can help to be if don't over due it
Yes!Defiantly worth it.
@Pamina I have a bunch with different pound ranges.I use them with my barbells or to help doing pull-ups
@Pamina Check out what youcando with them on youtube
I was just pointing out that you wrote "defiantly". I don't think you know what that word means.
They can depends on the quality of item
I love them 🙂
never been in a gym
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