Now that FizzUp offers a new goal to “Build Muscle with Equipment,” it’s time we talked about simple everyday objects that can actually work wonders when it comes to strength training. They’re not some fancy gym machine, but something much lighter and understated: exercise bands. Learn more about a tool that can completely transform the way you work out.
Exercise bands used to be a popular choice, but then they were dethroned by dumbbells. Recently, they’ve made a comeback because they offer so many benefits. They’re even used by physiotherapists to speed up rehabilitation, so they’ve got to be doing something right! Exercise bands are great for improving key athletic skills such as strengths, speed and power. They also make it possible to take your bodyweight or dumbbell strength training a step further with the extra resistance they can exert on your muscles. In other words, the more you stretch the band, the more resistance it creates. This means that your muscles have to use more of their strength as the band tries to go back to its original shape.
In order to gain mass, your muscles should to be under constant tension, but when you use equipment like exercise bands, this isn’t the case. Some joint positions have the power to really put your muscles under tension, but require little strength, like the effort needed to do a bench press. It’s harder to hold your arms up when they’re bent than when they’re straight in the air. The advantage of working out with exercise bands is that they can make an exercise easier or harder. Take chin-ups, for example. Exercise bands can “assist” you as you move up and down, or turn up the difficulty for exercises like kickbacks.
Your muscles function much like an exercise band. When they’re under tension, they create elastic strain energy as they try to snap back to their shape while at rest. This explains why exercise bands are extremely effective in helping you build strength and power. They require extra muscle strength to keep the exercise band from violently snapping back at you. For instance, if you’re doing kickbacks with an exercise band, your muscles will have to provide enough strength to control the movement as you lower your leg so that the band doesn’t suddenly snap back. When you do kickbacks with an exercise band, you work your muscles when you lift AND lower your leg.
For your safety while using exercise bands, make sure to keep your joints strong and stable. Your FizzUp workout program includes strength training exercises that use basic movements such as squatting, standing, lifting, walking, running, pushing, pulling and bending. These are the best exercises to use if you want to add an exercise band to your workout. The resistance that an exercise band exerts on your body when you do one of these exercises won’t lead to injury.
Try adding an exercise band to some simple bodyweight exercises in your FizzUp workout, such as kickbacks, push-ups, squats and chin-ups.
Now that you’re in the know about exercise bands, you’ve got every reason to use them to build strength, speed and power. Try these tips during your next workout. The FizzUp trainer is waiting!