“Resistance bands are great for isometric exercises because they can provide constant tension, and they can be used for fast power movements because of their elasticity,” explains certified strength and conditioning specialist Noam Tamir, founder of TS Fitness in New York City. “By adding resistance to an exercise, these bands can help strengthen your joints and muscles.” And because of the added resistance, the intensity of the exercise will increase, which can also boost your calorie burn.
Resistance bands are lightweight and generally inexpensive, which makes them the perfect travel companion—even if you just want to take your workout with you to the office. “Plus, you can use them for rehab and warm-up drills, and to help stretch as well,” says Tamir.
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Targets: Glutes, Hips
Targets: shoulders, back, biceps
Targets: quads, hamstrings, glutes
Targets: Targets: triceps, shoulders