Introduction to Mini-Resistance Bands

Introduction to Mini-Resistance Bands
Mini resistance bands can be an amazing addition to your at-home workouts. They take up practically no space and weigh next to nothing, so you can take them with you wherever you go. The best part about mini resistance bands is that you can use them to work every single part of your body, and one set of bands contains enough resistance options to easily adjust your workouts according to your goals, without lifting any actual weights.

Resistance bands work similarly to free weights, but there are a few key differences. Like dumbbells, barbells, or any other free weights, resistance bands provide external resistance that your muscles have to work against. When you’re pushing against a resistance band during an exercise, your muscles have to engage to fight the tension.

The biggest difference, though, is that resistance bands do not rely on gravity in the way that free weights do. Instead, you’re working against the force of just the band. That might sound easier, but what it means is that you’re working against resistance throughout the entire range of an exercise, not just during the portion where you’re moving against gravity. This distinction makes mini resistance bands incredibly effective.

Mini bands are great for warming up before a workout, and especially for helpful for activating your hips before a run. You can even use mini bands as the main source of resistance for your workout. If you’re using mini bands for a workout, it’s easy to progress. This means that you can easily increase the resistance over time in order to keep challenging and strengthening your muscles. Simply move to stronger bands as your workouts start to feel easier. You can also use different bands for different muscle groups if you feel you need a slightly different level of resistance.

When using mini bands, it’s best to start with a light resistance band for 12-15 repetitions of each exercise and adjust the resistance if necessary. It’s better to move through your full range of motion with a lighter resistance than to use a heavier resistance that limits your ability to do the exercise fully.

As you become a mini-band devotee, you’ll start to gain a better understanding of what resistance to use for all of your favorite exercises.

Each band has enough extendibility for moderate-load, standing exercises too. The bands secure comfortably to ankles, calves, knees or thighs to strength and tone legs, hips and glutes. Mini resistance bands are great for therapeutic exercises as well as standard strength training. Mini bands are typically available in color-coded resistances, ranging from light to super heavy.

Mini band resistance equivalents:
Green band for extra light resistance (5lbs)
Blue band for light resistance (10lbs)
Yellow band for medium resistance (15lbs)
Red band for heavy resistance (20lbs)
Black band for extra heavy resistance (25lbs)

Customize your workouts with the bands to strengthen and tone all areas of your body. These bands are also ideal for use in rehabilitation and recovery, physical therapy, and personal training sessions.

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  • Rick Kaselj