Are Resistance Bands Enough for Home Workouts?

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COVID-19 forced all the gyms to close and social distancing was put in place causing people to resort to virtual and home workouts. This leads us to our next topic, are resistance bands enough to train with? The answer is YES! That is, depending on how you use them. 

Whether you’re performing resistance training with weights or bands, your body builds muscle the same way. The stress that is applied to the body causes it to adapt by building muscle to meet the new demands. Even if you don’t have the same resistance you typically lift with, working into higher repetitions will cause the body to build muscle in a similar manner. Below are some examples of different workout styles you can perform easily at home. Just insert your favorite exercises!

​High Intensity Interval Training – HIIT
Fast paced workouts with minimal rest and high reps

Every Minute on the Minute – EMOM
New exercise performed on each minute for a set amount of reps  

TABATA 
8 workouts perform for 20 second bouts with 10 seconds rest between

Colten’s Body Burner 
1 exercise performed for 60 seconds with a 15 second rest between exercises

Depending on your fitness level, you can choose a different type of training that fits you best. Resistance band training is typically performed at a higher repetition count than normal exercises so it’s a great way to get your heart rate up and burn more calories than typical resistance training! 

As always, please consult a medical professional if you have any questions or concerns about your health during exercise. If you’re looking for new and exciting ways to exercise, contact Bull City PT today to unlock your full potential! 

– Dr. Colten Sullivan
Bull City Physical Therapy 

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