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Fitness Band Workouts

by
author image Victoria Weinblatt
Victoria Weinblatt began writing articles in 2007, contributing to The Huffington Post and other websites. She is a certified yoga instructor, group fitness instructor and massage therapist. Weinblatt received her B.S. in natural resources from Michigan State University and an M.Ed. from Shenandoah University.
Fitness Band Workouts
Fitness band is another name for what is commonly called a resistance band. Photo Credit 4774344sean/iStock/Getty Images

Fitness bands, also called resistance or exercise bands, are portable, lightweight and reasonably priced pieces of fitness equipment. Fitness bands allow you to perform resistance training at home or on the road without attending a gym. Choosing the proper fitness band for your size, strength and purpose can best be determined by consulting a personal trainer, fitness instructor or health professional.

Whole-Body Workout

Use your fitness band to conduct a full body workout as recommended by the American Council on Exercise. It provides a 12-step workout plan designed to develop and maintain endurance and muscular strength you do two times a week for 10 to 20 minutes. Perform these fitness band exercises for one to four sets of 20 repetitions. The exercises as presented in order from ACE are: leg abduction, hamstring curl, leg adduction, squat, lateral raise, chest press, upper back, lat pull-down, triceps extension, biceps curl, back extension and reverse crunch.

Benefits of Fitness Bands

The proper elastic resistance exercises you perform with a fitness band can help with postural, motor function and muscle performance impairments. A complete fitness band workout provides stretches for increased flexibility, balance training, cardiovascular exercise and sport-specific training. By attaching the band overhead or standing on it, you can work your entire body in a variety of exercises. The band stretches and provides resistance, intensifying the workout without the need for heavy weights or specialized exercise machines.

Types of Bands

Find the type of fitness band suitable for your strength and the exercises you want to perform. Fitness bands come in at least seven different resistance strengths indicated by color. The amount of resistance each color represents depends on the manufacturer. Some fitness bands come with handles which enable you to hold it securely or attach it to an object. Handle-free fitness bands require wrapping the ends around your hands, feet or other prescribed body part.Find the type of fitness band suitable for your strength and the exercises you want to perform. Fitness bands come in at least seven different resistance strengths indicated by color. The amount of resistance each color represents depends on the manufacturer. Some fitness bands come with handles which enable you to hold it securely or attach it to an object. Handle-free fitness bands require wrapping the ends around your hands, feet or other prescribed body part.

Workout Safety

Practice proper safety precautions before and during your fitness band workout. Examine the fitness band for nicks, tears and punctures before exercising and discard damaged fitness bands. Do not stretch it to more than three times its resting size. Avoid exercises involving stretching the fitness band in such a way that it could snap back and hit you in the face. Individuals with a latex allergy should use a latex-free fitness band.

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