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Resistance Bands are a great idea for home gyms - Part 1

Versa-Tubes, one of many available brands of resistance bands.

When people think about putting together a home gym, they automatically think treadmills or elliptical trainers, but what about resistance training? 

Most of us don’t live in mansions with a large room dedicated to a gym so we have to make do with the space we have.   If your home gym has space (and the budget) for free weights or dumbbells, then by all means go for it.  If you are faced with a tighter space and budget, then think about resistance bands.

People sometimes shy away from resistance bands as they don’t know how to use them.  The easiest method is to perform the same exercises that you would do with free weights.  The resistance will feel different as there is tension on the band in both directions of an exercise.  You can also vary the resistance by changing the positioning of the band.   There are numerous online sources for resistance band routines if you need some inspiration.

Some reasons to use resistance bands include pricing (anywhere from $8 to $25), portability (which is good for travel), variety of exercises, and anybody from a fitness newbie to a fitness fanatic can use them.  Most importantly, resistance bands don’t take up much space in your home gym.

For more specifics on purchasing resistance bands, check back later for the next installment.