• Chris

Weight Training Alternative

Updated: Jun 23, 2021

If you've ever set foot in a gym or fitness center, you've more than likely seen individuals working out with the notorious weighted dumbbells, barbells, kettle bells, and plates for toning and muscle growth. Unfortunately, last years pandemic made it nearly impossible to hit the gyms as frequently due to precautionary measures. Even with gyms currently reopening, a lot of people are still skeptical about returning. Luckily, there are a multitude of alternative ways to build muscle and stay in shape in your own space.

For those of you who are on a tight budget, or have little time to attend a gym, resistance tube bands can be a great alternative in getting in shape from your own home, or even outdoors. Unlike heavy dumbbells, these bands are very easy to maneuver for transportation, and storage. Most resistance band kits come with 5 different resistances, from light to heavy resistance. You can get just as effective a workout by adding or removing the bands at a resistance that is suitable and proceed with an exercise. Of course, it's not enough to simply purchase the bands and expect optimal results on your own, especially if you're inexperienced. The rules of resistance training with proper range of motion, posture, stability, and time under tension still apply. There is still a chance of seeing zero results, as well as risk of injury, if these rules are not followed. Therefore, I will be incorporating Resistance Training as one of my outdoor routines for clients during the summer months.

Risks and Hazards

When it comes to training, there is always a risk of getting injured while using workout equipment, which is why it's important to scan your surroundings when exercising. A resistance tubing band has one characteristic similar to a regular elastic band, and that is elasticity. Any pulling or pushing force will change the length of the band. However when that force is removed, the band will return to it's normal size. Each resistance tube kit comes with a door anchor, which helps the bands stay locked in place if you're using a door to execute pulling or pushing movements. Without this, it is not recommended to use resistance bands to perform any type of exercise attached to a door. Any detachment from the door while under tension, can result in the bands whipping back at you. If you're using the tubes around a pole, tree or stable object, be sure to check that there are no rips or tears in the bands. Any excessive force of pulling or pushing while torn, can result in the bands breaking and potentially causing injury. Be sure to get a brand that is strong and of high quality to avoid easy wear and tear during workouts.

Can I still get an effective workout using resistance bands?

The answer is absolutely. In fact they've been a life saver for me this past year due to the high number of gym closures. Weighted gym equipment's are hard to come by these days if you don't already have access to a gym. Resistance bands can serve as a great alternative to getting you in shape, and are cost effective.

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