Why Everyone Should Own a Set of Mini Resistance Bands?
We are going to go out on a limb and say that if you only ever purchase one piece of exercise equipment in your life, it should be a pack ofresistance bands. We are talking specifically about the looped ones known asmini bands.
We believe in their powers wholeheartedly. You can take them with you every single time you travel, whether by car, plane, or train. They’re that good.
Yes, dumbbells, kettlebells, and other variousfree weightsare great workout tools, and if you’re strategic, you canbuild a little home gymwith them. But mini resistance bands take up practically no space and weigh next to nothing, and carry them with you wherever you go.
The best part about mini resistance bands? You can use them to work every single part of your body (seriously) and one pack contains enough resistance options to adjust your workouts according to your goals—all without lifting any actual weights. What could be more convenient?
If you’re not sold yet, here’s a little more info on how mini resistance bands work, all of the things you can do with them, and ultimately, why it’s more than worth investing in a set. (You can finddecent ones for just $23.90 on our Store.)
How resistance bands work
Resistance bands work similarly to free weights, but there are a few key differences. Like dumbbells, barbells, or any other free weights, resistance bands provide external resistance that your muscles have to work against. When you’re pushing against a resistance band during an exercise, your muscles have to engage to fight the tension.
The biggest difference, though, is that resistance bands do not rely on gravity the way that free weights do Instead, you’re working against the force of just the band. That might sound easier, but what it means is that you’re working against resistance throughout the entire range of an exercise, not just during the portion where you’re moving against gravity.
For example, if you are doing a squat with a mini band around your quads, you have to press your legs against the band even when you’re standing in the starting position. You have to then press out when you’re lowering into a squat, and again when you’re standing back up, to keep your knees in line (not collapsing in toward each other). Because of this, your muscles are often under tension for an extended period of time when bands are involved, which means they’re pretty much constantly working. If you’ve ever done glute bridges or lateral walks with a mini band looped around your legs, you know thatthe burning sensationsets in almost immediately - that’s because you’re never really giving your muscles a solid break until you actually stop doing the exercise.
Mini bands are ridiculously versatile.
There are a ton of easy ways to use mini bands.
First, they’re great for warm-ups before a workout, and especially foractivating your hips before a run.
A lot of mini band exercises make it easy to target your glute medius, a small hip abductor muscle on the outer side of each butt cheek.
Its main job is to stabilize both the hip and the thigh as your leg rotates with every forward step.
If you’re a runner, it’s crucial to keep this muscle strong so that your legs are properly stabilized and can move efficiently.
If you lack strength orstability in the hip area, a bunch of things can get thrown off - you may start to compensate with other muscles, or end up with anoveruse injury like runner’s knee.
You can also use mini bands to warm up your upper body. This can be specifically beneficial for an area like the shoulder,which is notoriously unstableand can benefit from a targeted warm-up before you nail it with a heavier weight. Giordano uses mini bands every day to warm up various muscles in both his lower and upper body.
And you can even use mini bands as the main source of resistance for your workout. If you’re using mini bands for a workout (here’s a great one you can try!), it’s easy to progress - meaning, increase the resistance over time to keep challenging and strengthening your muscles - by graduating to stronger bands as the workout starts to feel easier. You can also use different bands for different muscle groups if you feel you need a slightly different level of resistance.
Also, We want to be clear that mini bands aren’t just good for runners. “Weightlifters, and anyone that’s training at all, really, can benefit from using them.
How to add mini bands to your routine:
Check outthese ideas for warming up your lower body with mini bands before a run.
Try some of theupper-body and lower-body resistance band exercises on this list.
Dothis full-body resistance band workout.
String togethera few of these mini band butt exercisesto create your own workout.
Try using mini bands in a plankto work your shoulders.
Dothis five-part mini band circuitthat targets your butt from multiple angles.
When you’re doing mini band exercises to warm up or just work on improving stability, We suggest starting with a light resistance band and doing 12-15 reps of each exercise. You can then adjust from there if the band feels too light. It’s more important to use a lighter resistance and move through your full range of motion, than use a heavier resistance that limits your ability to do the exercise fully.
As you become a mini-band devotee like everyone that has been used them, you'll start to get a good idea of how light and heavy you can go with the resistance for all of your favorite moves.