When it comes to exercising from home, you have plenty of equipment options. We have already discussed the benefits of kettlebells, so let’s have a look at some other tools you could incorporate into your home workouts.
Two very popular tools are resistance workout bands and dumbbells. Resistance bands can come in different formats (something we will be discussing a bit later). There are different types of dumbbells, however most of them have the same design i.e. 2 weights either side of a handle.
First we will discuss the benefits of resistance bands and the different types, and then we will look at what dumbbells have to offer.
Why Choose Resistance Bands?
Resistance bands are a great rehabilitation tool. If you are just coming back from an injury, they can do wonders in building strength and getting you back to your best. I have had personal experience with coming back from exercise related setbacks, and one of the main tools I utilised were resistance bands.
You can get different strength bands, and you can also double up. This means that no matter how strong you get, you will never outgrow them. They come with door anchors, so that you can perform any exercise you like. Resistance workout bands are a great tool in any exercise arsenal.
When I got injured, I was devastated because the one thing I love doing, is exercise. My injury meant that I could not use conventional weight training equipment. So, I could either wallow, or research and adapt. This is when I found resistance bands, and let me tell you, they were my saviors. I was able to mimic machine and dumbbell exercises with these bands.
Exercising With Resistance Bands
So you may ask yourself “what exercises can I do with resistance bands?”. The answer to that question is quite simple…you can do any exercise you want, from the deadlift, to the shoulder press.
One of the great things about resistance bands, is you REALLY feel the resistance on both the concentric and eccentric part of the movement. This means, to some extent, you get greater muscle development than you do when using other equipment.
The injury that I sustained was shoulder related. If you have ever suffered with a shoulder injury, you can relate to the pain it causes, and the necessary care that has to be taken when rehabilitating. If you are not careful, you can permanently damage your shoulder.
So, when I first started using resistance bands, I began with the lightest one. I had to ensure that my form was correct (as always). This is why, no matter what equipment I am using, I always learn how to perform exercises correctly. I began feeling the benefits within a week. I felt I had more control with bands, as my shoulder felt supported and stable.
From then on I became a true advocate of resistance workout bands. They are an important part of my workout routine, as I will always warm up with them before completing my kettlebell workout, and sometimes have a whole workout using bands only.
Different Types or Resistance Bands
Resistance bands come in all sorts of varieties. You can get your traditional bands, loop bands, therabands and pull-up assist bands. Yes, they are all bands, however, when it comes to using them, they are very different.
We have already discussed traditional resistance bands, so Let’s have a look at the other 3.
Loop bands (mini bands), are lightweight bands that can wrap around any part of the body or surface. The surface must, of course, be solid.
Therabands are latex bands that are predominantly used for physiotherapy. Going back to my experience, they were very important when I was strengthening my shoulder. They come in different resistances and are a great tool for light workouts.
Pull-up assist bands are the most durable bands out there. They are designed to take your body weight and then assist in springing you back up, when performing a pull-up. They come in different strengths, so as you get stronger, you can use a lighter band.
Where do Dumbbells Fit in?
There is always room for dumbbells. Personally, I don’t really use them anymore, as I get all I need from kettlebells and resistance bands. However, there are plenty of people that will always prefer dumbbells over any other type of weight lifting tool.
This is totally understandable, as dumbbells are an extremely versatile piece of equipment. Any exercise you can perform with a barbell, can also be performed using dumbbells. For example, it is often safer to perform movements such as deadlifts with dumbbells.
It is very easy to injure yourself when performing barbell deadlifts, however, using dumbbells to mimic the same movement can yield excellent results in a safer way.
Dumbbells can range from 0.5kg all the way up to 70kg plus. A very popular type of dumbbells are the adjustable sets. They save space and time, as all you have to do is turn the dial to the weight you require, pick it up and start your exercise. You can also get powerblocks, which offer the same kind of all in one system.
Resistance Bands or Dumbbells
Both resistance bands and dumbbells both play an integral part of getting you into your ideal shape. Resistance workout bands are a great tool to workout from home as you can use the anchor anywhere in your home. They can be used to build muscle, tone up, whilst also getting fitter.
Dumbbells offer a different type of resistance. Using them can incorporate smaller stabilising muscles, due to having to ensure balance during the motion of the exercise. In the past, they would have taken a lot of space, especially as they came in pairs, but due to the evolution of their design, you can now acquire the all in one dumbbells or power blocks.
Overall, when it comes to home exercising, I definitely believe that there is room for both. As previously mentioned, personally, I do not use them anymore, due to the success I have had with kettlebells. But for those dumbbell fans out there, this equipment will always be around just because of the nature of the results that you can attain by using them.
Thank you for taking the time to read this article. If you have any questions and/or comments, please feel free to leave them below. I will definitely respond. As always, it has been a pleasure to have you here.