Trainer, coach, athlete, or fitness enthusiast, it makes no difference; everyone is looking for “the next big thing”. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing either. We all want an edge over the competition. Our competition might be an adversary or it may simply be yourself.
What if the best way to get an edge has been hiding in plain sight for years—bands. That’s right, often times they are overlooked for newer or larger training tools, but using bands and cuffs is a simple, cost efficient, and versatile way to keep you one step ahead.
Training with cuffs and bands can keep you on track, get you back in the gym, and keep you motivated and coming back for more. Their numerous benefits make them a must-have item for anyone looking to take their game to the next level.
1. Rehab Injuries
Unfortunately, as much as we try to avoid them, injuries will inevitably find us. At this point, the only thing to do is rehab out injury and get back to a healthy 100% as quickly and safely as possible.
One of the original concepts for using resistance bands and cuffs was to make it able to perform rehabilitation exercises more efficiently. They are great to use when recovering from hip, back, and knee issues including osteoarthritis.
Bands have really made their mark in rehab exercises as a way to strengthen the rotator cuff. Shoulder injuries are all too common and if you are a trainer or coach, then you have seen this firsthand.
2. Will Travel
This fantastic benefit applies to the fitness enthusiast who frequently finds themselves out of town or on the go. An entire set of bands, cuffs, handles, and any accessory you can think of only takes up a tiny amount of space in your suitcase or bag.
Now, when you are trying to maintain your progress on the road, you don’t have to be disappointed by the lame hotel gym; you basically brought your own gym with you. This way, you can focus your time on the real reason you’re on your trip in the first place.
Don’t think that in order to perform an entire training session with bands that you have to be traveling either. The portability of bands and cuffs makes it easy to train outside on a nice day. It’s also a great way for trainers and coaches to change things up with clients and keep them energized.
3. Exercise Assistance
Resistance bands and cuffs are one of the most effective ways to reduce your bodyweight and make it easier to perform certain exercises. One of the more common exercises that you will see this technique being applied to are band assisted pull-ups.
Everyone wants to be able to jump on the pull-up bar and rep-out a few pull-ups. Unfortunately, there are many individuals that, for a variety of reasons, are not able to perform enough to get a workout or perform a single rep.
By using a set of resistance bands to reduce the load of the individual, they will be able to get more reps or work on being able to perform one on their own (as seen here).
Bands assistance can be incredibly beneficial for trainers or coaches who have clients with knee or hip issues. By attaching a resistance band to a sturdy object, you can help clients with knee limitations to safely and effectively perform reverse lunges with a full range of motion (as seen here).
4. Increase Explosiveness
Are you an athlete? Do you train athletes? If you answered yes to either of those questions, then you probably already know where this is headed. The use of resistance bands for athletes, or anyone looking to become more explosive) has become a mainstay in the fitness world.
Using resistance and cuffs is a way to add accommodating resistance to your exercises. Meaning that as you go through your range of motion, the resistance becomes greater. Squatting, bench pressing, and deadlifting with bands is a common training tool for advanced powerlifters to add speed to their competition lifts.
Using bands to add accommodating resistance to plyometric exercises is also an extremely common and useful training technique. This type of training is perfect for athletes looking to increase their speed, explosiveness, and balance.
5. Cost Efficient
Let’s face it, fitness equipment can be incredibly expensive. Another important reason to use bands and cuffs is that they are extremely affordable. Even the highest-quality bands are very economical when compared to other training tools.
If you are one of the many fitness enthusiasts that workout in their home, this is a big reason to add them to your home gym. Trainers and coaches will find this reason to be important in keeping their overhead down.
If you’ve made it this far, then you have certainly come to the conclusion that resistance bands are incredibly versatile. If fact, this may be the biggest benefit of training with bands and cuffs—versatility.
There are not many other training tools that are used by physical therapists (for rehab) and competitive powerlifters (increase their deadlift). Bands are also a great way to improve your overall fitness levels. Add them into your next circuit for a killer cardio workout.
You may already be training with bands, but if you’re not, there’s no better time than now to start. From fitness professional to fitness enthusiast, resistance bands and cuffs are some of the most effective and versatile training tools on the market.