Resistance bands are great strength training tools for home or while you travel, but how do they compare to weights when it comes to building muscle mass? This video explains all.
The video below, from YouTuber Picturefit, goes over the pros and cons of using resistance bands for your workouts. On one hand, they're great for those who are just getting started. If you don't lift weights already, you'll definitely see some newbie gains from using resistance bands. Plus, they're low impact and easy to use for beginners.
On the other hand, resistance bands can have an extremely wide range of resistance, making them less than ideal for some exercises. And you'll probably get stronger faster than you realise and grow out of the light bands quickly, leaving you with the heavier bands that pull you instead of you pulling them.
Basically, after a certain threshold is reached in your workouts, you'll stop gaining muscle mass with resistance bands and have to move on to weights if you want to see those sweet gains. That said, Picturefit suggests you should eventually go for the best of both worlds and combine resistance bands with your weights.
The combination of the two compensates for what each approach lacks on their own, and gives you the most comprehensive strength workout possible. You can check out more detailed tips in the video below:
Resistance bands are those big, rubber band-like pieces of workout equipment that most people ignore at the gym. Pity, too, because they're awesome and are incredibly travel-friendly. This graphic shows you the many strength-building exercises you can do with them, in and out of the gym.