First, it's important to choose the right resistance band for your fitness level. Resistance bands come in a range of strengths, indicated by their color. Beginners should start with a light resistance band, such as a yellow band. As you get stronger, you can progress to a heavier band, such as a green or blue band.
Next, decide on the muscle group you want to target. Resistance bands are great for working on specific muscle groups, such as the biceps, triceps, or legs. To work on your biceps, for example, anchor the band to a stable object at about ankle height. It really helps having a bar, such as our resistance band bar, for this type of exercise. Hold the handles/bar with an underhand grip, and step away from the anchor point until there is tension in the band. Keep your elbows close to your sides, and bend your arms to bring your hands towards your shoulders. Slowly straighten your arms to return to the starting position.
If you're using a resistance band to work on your legs, anchor the band under the back of one foot or to a stable object at ankle height. It also really helps having a bar, such as our resistance band bar, for this type of exercise too.
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, and place the bar up on to your shoulders, it can be a little tricky to get it up there so it can help to squat down first to get the bar in place. Once it is secure, you can commence performing a squat. Ensure you bend from the hips and stick your behind out until you reach about a normal seat height, then push up strongly from your heels. Make sure your knees do not extend past your toes when at the bottom of the squat.
It's important to maintain good form when using resistance bands. Keep your core engaged and your back straight throughout the exercise. Avoid locking your elbows or knees, and move through the exercise slowly and deliberately. If you feel any pain or discomfort, stop the exercise immediately.
To get the most out of your resistance band workouts, it's also important to vary your routine. Try different exercises and different resistance levels to challenge your muscles in different ways. This will help prevent plateauing and keep your workouts interesting and effective.
In conclusion, resistance bands are an excellent tool for beginners to use for strength training. They are versatile, convenient, and easy to use. Just remember to choose the right resistance level, maintain good form, and vary your routine to get the most out of your workouts.
Check out our digital workout guides, which come with each purchase of our resistance bands. These come with videos and detailed descriptions of how to correctly setup and perform a range of different exercises for different muscle groups.