Traveling and working out always seem to be a challenge. This is especially true for those who are seriously into weight training. When there’s no iron to pump, they oftentimes dump training for the day and fade away into the abyss. But, there’s much to be said and lauded about resistance band training. Before the coronavirus pandemic, I dismissed it as just a bunch of girlie exercises.
However, being couped up in my apartment for two years taught me a lot of things about life and fitness I never thought about before. The beauty of resistance bands is that you can do anything with them as you would with dumbbells, however, there are some distinct advantages.
First, they’re easy to carry. A set of resistance bands can easily fit into a suitcase, so you have a transportable gym. Second, the angle of resistance can be adjusted. With weights, the resistance is from the ground up, due to gravity. However, resistance bands can be anchored to a sturdy object or your door with an attachment, so the resistance can come from any direction. Third, not only can you mimic dumbbell training, but resistance bands can mimic the exercises you do on a cable machine. Therefore, you’ll have much more variety with resistance bands.
Lastly, resistance bands are cheap. For 50 bucks you can be completely set up and ready to go.
Whatever you do, don’t dismiss resistance band training. If you’re like me and teach training classes, you can also easily take your show on the road. That said, there’s no excuse not to get your training in. Yes, you may have to do things differently, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get the job done.