As you have seen in a previous post, there are many types of resistance bands, and they all have their own particular purpose. Each type of band has a place in the home workout setting, however, it can all get a bit confusing, as there are so many to choose from.
I know when I first set my sights on resistance bands, I was a bit overwhelmed as there was so much variety. But once I broke it down into what I needed them for, finding the best exercise resistance bands became a very easy process.
Today, I will make sure that you have all the information you need, in order to choose the best bands for you. We will look at what different bands have to offer and the purpose of that band. Let’s see what we have got…
Resistance Bands – Fitbeast
You can do any type of workout program with this type of resistance band. They have an ultra strong design, in order to be put through heavy workouts. One band will only go so far and this is why you can double up i.e. add another band to the handles. For example, if the light band is becoming to easy to use, and the blue band (on its own) is also to easy to use, you can add them both together to get the right resistance. Let’s see what comes in a set…
- 5 resistance tubes (10lbs to 30lbs)
- 4 foam handles
- 2 ankle straps
- Door anchor
- Exercise guide
- A tote storage bag.
Many brands will only colour code, which makes it difficult to know which weight you are using. The Fitbeast design is labelled with the resistance weight, which makes it so much easier to use your desired resistance.
- Great to use for rehabilitation
- Can be used for any type of exercise and format – from bicep curls to lateral pulldowns
- Easy to store
- Bands are labelled with the resistance weight
- Includes a professional guide poster, as well as a video tutorial
- Great alternative to dumbbells and barbells.
Having used these bands for a very long time, I have found no cons. Not only have they helped me to come back from injury, but they have helped me to complete vigorous and intense home DVD programs, such as P90x.
My Rating: Fitbeast bands are probably the best resistance bands on the market. They are strong, sturdy and convenient. The set comes with everything you need for a fantastic workout.
Loop Resistance Bands – Gritin
These bands add a fantastic resistance to movements, such as squats, glute bridges, lunges and many more. This set includes 5 different bands of different tension. So, what do you get in this set:
- 5 different resistance levels (colour coded) – light to x-heavy or light to xx-heavy
- Free carrying bag
- Lifetime warranty
- Can extend to longer than normal length.
- Can target specific areas
- Great alternative to dumbbells and barbells
- Great for rehabilitation
- Easy to store
- Includes a professional “how to use” guide.
These bands can help with rehab exercises. I use them to warm my rotator cuffs up before I start a weights’ session. There are specific exercises that I will perform before my sessions, and they can only be done with these bands.
Loop bands are perfect for targeting areas, such as the glutes, legs and rotator cuffs (shoulder stabilisers). They will give you enough resistance to obtain fantastic results.
My Rating: So small, so unassuming but what an amazing invention. These bands are needed in every home, as they are a great addition to any workout.
These are known as the bands used by physiotherapists, to aid rehabilitation. They are an excellent tool to have in your locker. Let’s see what they offer us:
- They help to improve range of motion
- Help you improve coordination
- Come in long lengths, and so can be cut to size
- Come in 3 resistance levels – medium, heavy and extra heavy
- Great space saver
I am a fan of therabands as they are so versatile and progressive. They do not come with handles, however this is not necessarily a disadvantage, as you can tie a loop in them, which gives you a handle.
My shoulder rehabilitation started with therabands, and that’s why I hold them in high regard. I still use them for specific movements. As mentioned above, they come in rolls, so can be cut to size, depending on what you want to use them for.
My Rating: Just to put it into perspective, without these rolls of magic, I would have not got through my initial shoulder rehabilitation. Thank you therabands.
Pull-Up Assist Resistance Bands – Core Gain
These bad boys definitely pack a punch! You could say that they are the daddy of resistance bands! You can use them to perform squats, rows, presses, etc. However, I found that the best use for them is to help you improve you pull/chin-ups.
- Come in 4 strengths and colours – light, medium, heavy, x-heavy
- Perform multiple exercises
- Help improve pull/chin up technique and reps
- Extremely versitile
- Come with a carry bag
- Include a 1 year warranty
Unlike traditional resistance bands, they are designed and used to hold body weight. I have a number of these at my disposal.
Pull-ups are one of my favourite exercises. Just because of the amazing results you can achieve by performing them and the multiple muscles groups that are engaged whilst performing them.
They will help you to ensure your form is correct when practicing pull/chin-ups. Then eventually, you will become strong enough to do a pull/chin-up without any assistance.
My Rating: If you want any assistance with mastering pull/chin-ups, then ensure you have these bands in your exercise repertoire. Remember that you can also perform many more push-pull exercise. Definitely not a one trick pony. They are a must!
The Right One For You
After reading the above, I hope you have sufficient information, so that you are able to choose the right resistance band for the right exercise program. I can honestly say that I believe all the above come under “the best exercise resistance bands”.
The fact that they have multiple uses, make them an indispensable workout tool. Just to re-iterate, they can be used to build muscle, tone up, increase fitness and to help with rehabilitation after an injury. You can even use them you improve your push ups and pull ups!
One of the main reasons I make this recommendation is that I can say from personal experience, that they have no disadvantages. Like with anything, you must look after them, and ensure you use them correctly. If you do this, there is no reason that they will not last you many many years.
Thank you for reading this article. I hope that it was both informative and helpful. If you have any questions, comments and /or feedback, please feel free to publish them below. As always, it has been a pleasure having you here. Have a great day and enjoy your bands!