Top Benefits of Using Resistance Bands in Your Workouts

Personal trainers can benefit from adding resistance bands to their workouts to improve strength, fitness, mobility, coordination and range of motion.

By Megan O'Connell
Edited by Tom Amitay

Published December 26, 2020.

Resistance bands can be a great training tool for improving strength, fitness, mobility and range of motion. Here are a few of the top reasons why you should add resistance bands to your training tool-kit:

Improved Quality of Movement

When using a resistance band, your muscles are constantly placed under tension. This forces your muscles to work harder while maintaining good movement patterns.

Improved Control and Focus

At first, you may feel shaky and unstable when using a resistance band, however, with practice and focus, you will learn to control your movements when your muscles are under tension.

Better Recruitment of Stabilizing Muscles

With resistance bands, you will need to recruit your stabilizing muscles and core in order to control the tension of the bands and prevent shaking.

Affordable, Lightweight and Portable

Not everyone can afford to purchase training machines and many people do not have access to a gym. Resistance bands, on the other hand, are affordable, lightweight and portable.

You can use resistance bands in small spaces and they are just as effective as any machine or free weight. As well, you can pack them into a suitcase or backpack and use them to exercise while traveling.

Effective for Compound Training

Compound movements are exercises that use several different muscle groups at the same time. For example, squats, deadlifts or bench press. Compound movements are known to be efficient for strength training, improving coordination and they tend to use more energy.

Resistance bands are perfect for compound training as the bands are typically looped across more than one body part at a time, forcing you to engage a number of different muscle groups.

Improved Angle Control

Training machines tend to force users to move in a certain way, or in uncomfortable positions that may cause or aggravate injuries. However, with resistance bands, you have much more control over the angle of movement, allowing flexibility, and often leading to improved movement patterns.