Do Resistance Bands Build Muscle?

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Posted on Thursday 7 July 2011

Resistance bands are a great way to add a bit of variation to your routine. They're light and easy to carry around. This makes them ideal when you're not near a gym or fitness equipment.

Resistance bands area fairly cheap to get. You can get them in pretty much any fitness store or high street catalogue store. However, is there any point in getting a set? Is is a complete waste of money or do they build muscle?

Firstly, there is nothing more effective than free-weights. Either using your own body weight by doing compound exercises such as push ups, pull-ups, sit-ups etc. Or by doing dead lifts, bench presses, barbell curls etc.

I resistance band definitely should not replace your free-weight workout. Your free-weight workout is the best way to produce serious muscle gains. Fact. 

What exercises can I do with a resistance band?

A resistance band offers a slightly different type of workout compared to free weights. They're great for toning and you can also give your muscles a really tough workout too.

Check out the video below for some great muscle building workouts you can do with a resistance band:

Should I get a resistance band?

In all - you won't do any harm by adding a resistance band into your current routine. It would make an excellent warm up and/or warm down exercise. But there's also something else which makes them very useful.

If you're going away on holiday, work trip or you're going to be away from free-weights for a while - using a resistance band will maintain your strength. Think about it. 

Let's say you're away from free-weights for 2 months. Take doing no workouts at all (or maybe just pull-ups, push ups etc). Or take a resistance band where you can do crunches, squats, leg lifts, chest presses, kick backs etc.

If you're thinking about getting a resistance band - check out the Tunturi Resistance Band Kit on Amazon for £16.38. The kit contains 3 different band of different sizes. Ideal for targeting different muscle groups and different exercises.

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