I tried the resistance bands but they didn't work too well for me personally. You stand on different parts of the band to increase resistance and I didn't like not knowing if I had progressed. I found it much easier to track my progress with some variable cast iron weights.
I bought these:
and I increase the weight in the smallest increments I can as fast as I can with normal progress (ie, I don't push myself too hard, but when I can honestly say the sets are becoming easier I increase the weight). Lifting heavier weights is great and makes you feel like a superhero!
PS - don't worry about bulking up like a man. It simply won't happen!
"All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts."
| Pounds lost: 6.6