This week I am going to focus on basic equipment for really effective exercises.I am a big believer that you don’t need the fanciest or most complex workout equipment to make significant progress. In today’s article I am going to focus on the resistance power band and mini loop band and show you many ways on how to put a few smart and effective exercises together.I have compiled a selection of videos that will give you everything from mobility,core to strength drills so you are well equipped to do lots of things with a simple set of bands.If you are an individual who is short on time,space or equipment or even likes to do a workout away from the busy gym floor then this article is for you.
Resistance bands are possibly my favorite piece of kit and something I use in nearly every training session when working with clients.The best thing about the bands is that they are relatively cheap, easy to pop into the gym bag and you can do so much with them; from mobility drills to challenging strength and core movements.
Type of bands and best place to purchase
There are a couple of styles of resistance band.My favorites are the power bands and the mini loop bands.Both are perfect for doing lots of different styles of exercises.They come in varying degrees of tension (resistance)Nowadays most good training facilities should have bands on offer on the gym floor.If not and you do want to have a set to have handy for the kit bag then go find the bands are this store here at D8Fitness.They have a great selection and easy to purchase online too.
The best thing about bands is that they are so versatile and can come in handy for everyone.Everybody from the office worker to athletes (particularly golfers and field based players like GAA,rugby and soccer),casual gym goers to even people who are working on the road a lot and can’t commit to a steady gym visit routine.
I regularly highlight the importance of working on your mobility and flexibility. It’s an area that most people neglect as some people don’t see the importance of it or don’t know what to do.Power bands really can come in handy here for working on areas like rounded shoulders and tight hamstrings.If you are a person who sits a lot at the desk and notice you are quite stiff,immobile and tight all the tight upon starting a workout then then I really recommend you check these power band mobility video drills
In all our warms up the bands are featured particularly for the athletes I train on a weekly basis.Mini loop bands are super for glute activation drills and is something I suggest to all my teams and athletes to do especially before games and training sessions.Here is a glute activation video routine that pretty much 99% of all my clients do
Power bands are a great way of testing your strength and making a certain exercise that little bit more challenging.Here are 3 ways you can use 1 simple medium strength resistance band into your workout.
Core work is so important and in general I would consider function and performance to be the priority, not aesthetics.Basic drills like planks, hollow holds, twists and side bends are well known for improving core strength.
However, let’s take a look at smart way on using the bands with this banded core workout below which will challenge you and really help you strengthen your core.
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