As it turns out, they’re not all the same.
How is it that an oversized elastic-better known as a resistance band-can make your muscles stand at attention like no other?
“Resistance bands are a simple and versatile tool to work your muscles,” says Sarah Gawron, an AFAA-certified trainer, since they use constant tension to stimulate muscle growth, without putting strain on your joints the way heavy weights can. “They can improve mobility, flexibility, strength.”
Unlike using dumbbells and medicine balls for cross-training workouts, you can toss resistance bands in your suitcase, store them in a drawer in your living room, or stash them in your gym bag. But, which ones are worth the purchase? Six top personal trainers share their recommendations for every resistance band that needs to be in your cart.
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