Resistance Bands

#1
I've tried searching the forum and can't find anything on this topic, apologies if it's been covered before.

I was just wondering what the general opinion was on the use of Resistance Bands/tubes in strength training. They seem to be a cheaper and more compact option to gym membership or free weights, both advantages seeing as I'm broke and living in a tiny flat, has anyone used them and are they any good?
 
#2
They are cheap for a reason!
rather than using resistance bands you would be better off spending your money on a good home work out book that will give you good information on technique and how to improvise with things around your house.
The mens health home workout bible is a good start. you can get one 2nd hand from ebay or amazon for around a fiver.

All you need is a pull up bar and you can have a good workout at home that will work every muscle. Then you can start lifting bags of bottled water, jerry cans filled with sand, chairs, steps, walls, etc...
 
#3
Personally, I'm not keen on resistance bands. But then I've never liked Pernod or accordions.
 
#7
we use resistance bands in rehab all the time for the very reasons you state, they are cheap/compact and versatile.

Bands are better than tubes in my opinion but its a personal thing.

try http://www.thera-bandacademy.com/default.asp

you have to register but its free (so they can send you loads of spam trying to flog you stuff) but the content is excellent, you can even build a personalised program
 

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