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Resistance Bands are a great idea for home gyms - Part 2

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3 pc resistance band set by Agile Fitness, available at Amazon.com

There is a lot of choice when it comes to buying resistance bands, so how do you know what is best?  It really depends upon what works for you.

Some tips to consider :

Stick to the basics.  Bands come in all varieties such as figure 8’s, circular, cuffed, etc. When starting out, go with a simple tube with handles.  This will keep you from feeling overwhelmed when learning a new piece of equipment.

Go for comfort.  Some resistance bands come with padded handles, and others do not.  If you can, try out some in the store and see which you prefer.  Stay away from detachable handles, unless you don’t mind switching them out every time you change to a different band.

Try a few different brands.  No one brand of resistance bands may work for you.  Purchase a few different ones so you get an idea of what works for you.  
Get at least two or three different colors.  Bands are color coded by their resistance level, from light all the way to heavy.  Having more than two colors allows you to work the different muscle groups more effectively.  For example, you would need a heavier band for your legs, and a lighter one for your arms.

Experiment and see what you like.  Resistance bands are great because they don’t take up much space in your home gym.  They are easily hung on a hook, placed on a shelf, or stored in a container.

Look for the next installment on resistance band exercise routines.

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