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Additional Uses for Resistance Bands

Top 5 additional uses for Resistance Bands?

There are many useful features of resistance bands that allows it to perform multiple functions other than a dumbbell/barbell replacement. If you’re considering purchasing a set of resistance bands in Singapore but are wondering what else can a resistance bands do, other than providing you quality resistance to build muscles, here are top 5 additional uses any singaporean can do with a set of resistance bands at home.

1. Stretching

Resistance bands are a great tool at providing resistance to stretch your muscles during yoga or before/after workouts. Bear in mind that when using the resistance bands for stretching your muscles, you must position yourself/the bands in a certain way. Below are 2 examples of stretching exercises you can do with the gofit resistance bands together with the door anchor provided in the set.

Stretching your glutes

Resistance bands can help you stretch your glutes and legs in ways that couldn’t be done  without a resistance bands. If you want longer legs and stronger glutes, this is the exercise for you. To begin this stretching exercise, lie on your back and bend your right knee. Loop the resistance band around your left foot by placing the center of the band on top of your foot and crossing each side under your arch. Then, hold each end of the band as you pull your knee toward your body. Roll on to your right and use your right forearm for balance. Bend your left knee and pull both ends of the resistance band up your back and over your left shoulder.

Good Mornings

The name of this unique stetching exercise is called “good mornings”. This stretching exercise deals mainly with your glutes and hamstrings but they are also good for your obliques as well. Firstly, loop the bands around a pole or  a leg of a chair or table,etc. With the help of an ankle strap provided in the Gofit resistance bands set, tie the bands to your ankle. Find a support for the side of your body which the band is not tied to and begin moving your legs outwards. If you feel a stretch in your hips and legs, you’re doing this exercise right.

The 2 stretching exercises above are good for rehabilitation of your muscles, recovery of you muscle aches (when your muscles are sore but not to the extent of not being able to move at all). They are also good for improving strength and flexibility in the long run.


2. Increasing running speed

The second creative use for a resistance band would be to provide functional resistance. Functional resistance refer to resistance with movement of the body and hence, they mirror real life situations better. Instead of using ankle weights, which might potentially cause permanent injury in your ankle, you can try using resistance bands for resistance while running. Many of the world’s finest athletes in sprinting make use of additional tools such as running parachute and resistance bands to push their bodies to break their own limits.
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3. Pull-up Assist

If you’re having problems with pull-ups, a resistant band can save you some energy and help you pump out more pull-ups. You can loop a single band onto the pull up bar and step on the handles of the band while pulling yourself up. If you need more assistance, consider using 2 or even 3 bands.

You can maximise your workout up to 2-3 times by using the elasticity of the bands to push yourself upwards. For beginners who cannot do their first pull-up, the resistant band can be a great tool in helping you to achieve your first pull-up.



4. Muay Thai and Power Training

For many applications of strength for sport performance, and specifically Thai boxing, power or speed of movement is more critical than pure strength. As a result, It’s important to train to optimise power for the specific combination of load and speed of movement required for your sport or activity.

Striking sports require very fast movements. Resistance bands, on the other hand, has a spring rate where the load increases as you stretch it. Hence, to achieve the same velocity of the stretching of the bands, your muscles will have to develop more power and over time, the strength and the speed of your punch will increase.
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5. Use with Dumbbells

The combination of dumbbells and resistance bands in weight-lifting is seldom heard of since both perform the same function. However, the difference between resistance bands and dumbbells is that the resistance of the bands do not increase uniformly with stretching, instead, the resistance increases exponentially, but the resistance at the start of the stretch is very low, unlike dumbbells. Hence using resistance bands combined with dumbbells would increase the amount of resistance at the bottom and achieve higher resistance at the top, giving your muscles even more exertion.


Related articles:  Features and Comparison of the Gofit Progym Resistance Bands

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