Best Resistance Bands
With the winter snow getting piled on more and more, the possibility of a home workout is sounding more and more appealing. After all wouldn’t it be great to be able to just work on fitness in your own home instead of having to trudge out to a gym in the snow and pay for a membership? Well whether you’re new to working out from the comfort of your own home or you already have a gym setup going, resistance bands can be a great thing to promote flexibility and increase the strain of your workouts. While getting a resistance band isn’t a huge investment when compared to some other fitness tools on the market, it can still be hard to decide what resistance band would be the best for you, so we’ve compiled some of the resistance bands we’d recommend checking out, along with the pros and cons of each to help you make your decision and start getting more fit from the comfort of your own home.
Fit Simplify Resistance Exercise
The Fit Simplify resistance bands are inexpensive and suitable for general use. They’re far cheaper than most resistance bands, retailing at close to $10, that’s not to say that they’re cheap and low quality though. The Fit Simplify resistance bands are durable latex bands (beware people with latex allergies) which come in many resistance levels. Overall they’re an excellent choice for anyone getting into using resistance bands or who are already somewhat familiar, they’re a very cheap investment and can be used for many activities at a variety of resistance levels.
INTEY Pull Up Assist Band Exercise Resistance Bands
The INTEY resistance bands are an economical and versatile choice. It costs less than $40 and comes with 4 bands, each working for a different resistance level. So, all in all, you’re getting 4 bands for under $10 each, making it a somewhat steep upfront investment but worth it in the long run. The bands are all made of durable latex (once again beware people with latex allergies) and can be adjusted to suit any resistance levels by adjusting the amount of slack given, or even combining the bands if you need more. It’s more of an initial investment, but you most certainly get your money’s worth.
SPRI Xubertube Braided Band
The SPRI resistance band is good for rigorous and/or professional use but is quite expensive per band. The band costs somewhere around $30 depending on what resistance level you get, and this is for one band, so this is only a good choice if you’re willing to shell out a lot of money for a quality band. Unlike many other resistance bands, the SPRI is made of interwoven rubber cords, much like a rope; this gives it high durability and resistance, along with catering to people that may have latex allergies. The band is durable, comes in many resistance levels, and has handles on either side of the rope for increased ease of use. An excellent choice for those serious about fitness, but if you aren’t sure you can justify $30 for one resistance band then perhaps look elsewhere.
Bootykit Belt Resistance Trainer
The Bootykit resistance trainer is made with people trying to get a more attractive figure in mind, rather than just general purpose fitness and strength. It’s easy to tell from the name and marketing that this is primarily meant to boost the appearance of your body, or in this case your ‘booty.’ That doesn’t mean it isn’t a good resistance band though, it still works fine for what it does, it’s just probably not the best fit unless you’re trying to make yourself look more attractive, as it isn’t that suited to rigorous workouts.
RIMSport Elite Hip Sling
The RIMSport Elite Hip Sling is meant to be a resistance band for just your hips, as the name would imply. It’s simply a band that you wrap around your legs, and it resists your legs outward motion. If you’re trying to strengthen your legs specifically (or doing physical therapy and want to help control your legs better), then the RIMSport Elite Hip Sling is a great choice. Just keep in mind that it’s only really meant for legs so something else would be a better choice if you want to strengthen other parts.
LiveUp Sports Resistance Bands
The LiveUp resistance band is a comfortable and practical option overall. The band comes in 4 different resistance levels depending on which band you buy, this means that you can get whatever resistance you think would work for you. The downside to this, however, is that there’s really no good way to adjust the resistance level once you’ve already bought it, meaning you’re likely going to need to buy another one to get another resistance level. The main selling point, however, is the comfort and ease of use, each band comes with two handles on each end making it comfortable to grip and use, and in addition to that the bands are made of rubber, no latex in them for people with latex allergies. Good if you know what you want and want something comfortable, but it has little in the way of customization.