This is a technique which many bodybuilders and strength athletes have also adopted. It is also a way in which the ability to execute pullups is used, using them to assist with the pull up. The flexibility and adaptability of resistance bands is in my opinion their greatest asset.
Resistance bands are the anywhere, any time gym which you store in your sock drawer.
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one of the tips I picked up from Spark Coach was using resistance bands WITH free weights. This works great for me because I'm at the point where I need a little more challenge than what my current set of home weights offers (without buying more plates). Also handy when I'm not ready to go up a full plate yet.
bicep curls with a bar, for example -- stand on resistance band with a handle in each hand (palms up); pick up weighted bar & do a set of curls as normal. I really like using the 2 combined
Resistance bands are designed as a strength workout not a cardio workout, if you rush through an exercise sequence using them you are not gaining the maximum benefit. Resist the return pull of the bands exerting the same degree of muscle tension you did stretching the band.
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I use Gold's Gym stretch bands and Gold's Gym resistance tubes, I love them both. They both give a good cardio workout.
I use rubberbanditz. I'm not good at embedding links, but you can find them online easily. They emphasize how easy it is to use bands in just about any situatiton in which you might find yourself and their vids prove that point.
I seldom use my bands but I do think they are a good way to use muscle differently. It is important to check them before use as I've had one break and hit me in the eye before. Thankfully, no damage was done but they can be dangerous.
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Strength training also helps you burn more calories while doing cardio! Very important so good for you for taking the step!
I love my resistance band, I use TurboFire and she uses it in her sculpting videos. SO much you can do with them.
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Been using SPRI resistance bands with my EA Sport Active 2, but I had worn out the red tube, so I found one at Ross, while my wife was shopping (ugh) so I figured what the heck. Was around 5 bucks. Anyway have had it for ~2 mon now and last night while doing standing shoulder presses, the darn thing snapped right at the handle the rubber just broke.
So of course the wife tells me actually spend money since I use it so much. So ended up order the SPRI braided band, I hope it is worth $28. We shall see.
On a funny/precautionary note, make sure your seals tight when using the door attachment, my old house the front door was not really hung well and I haphazardly placed the door attachment at the top, and started doing chest exercises and WHAP-WHAP, after howling in pain and remove my shirt and the wife tells me have two welt lines accss my back, I have a pic somewhere to prove it but that would be TMI.
Anyway lesson learned.
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I have a bias since I am the administrator but check out the Spark team Resistance Band and Bodyweight Training. You will find hyper links to a variety of resistance band workouts and other relevant information. As an aside the ranked formula for fat loss in order is nutrition (diet), then strength training and lastly cardio so strength training needs to be a part of your programme from Day 1.
I second Coach Nancy's suggestions on the Coach Nicole videos. Also if you search "resistance band video", there are more of them. I love the resistance band-- it's so easy to make it more difficult or more easy, just by adjusting where you put your feet on the band. So for one relatively cheap piece of equipment, you can get a good workout, just adjusting it as the moves become easier for you.
It sounds like you are going down the right path already.
But I wanted to add that strength training actually helps you to lose weight.
Without ST, up to 25% of your weight loss can come from lost muscle, rather than fat. Including even a moderate ST program in your exercise regime can help maintain your existing muscle mass. And it is a lot easier to maintain your existing muscle now, than it is to add it back later.
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Below are some links to Coach Nicole's Resistance bands videos. I hope this helps!
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Well I decided yesterday to buy a resistance band, as I have heard great things about them. I know they are generally used for strength training purposes, which I was opposed to at first, as I wanted to lose weight first then once I lost the weight worry about strength training, but now I think I want to focus on the cardio and the strength, tone and lose.
With that said, can anyone point me in a good direction for exercises pretty much for beginners? I would love exercises that target my abs, obliques, and triceps, but I'm not going to be fussy :)
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