Band Exercises for Weight Training
Band exercises have seen a dramatic increase in popularity in recent years, especially in home gyms around the world.
They are weight training exercises that are performed using what are called exercise bands, or also referred to as stretch bands, fitness bands, or resistance tubes.
Introduced in the mid-90's they were first embraced and popularized by the physical therapy industry whose professionals deemed them appropriate for developing and restoring muscle movements following different forms of injuries, as part of a rehabilitation program. They have since proven themselves as very effective weight training exercises and have been embraced by the general population at large as a result.
Low Cost and Smallest Footprint
Exercising using band exercises probably constitutes the cheapest way to get involved in effective weight training. You can start working out using a lone stretch band that can cost as low as $10. Upgrading that band to a higher resistance level would only set you back another $10, a far cry from what a set of dumbbells would cost, or even worst a complete home gym solution such as a bowflex or a total gym.
As far as footprint is concerned, the exercise bands take very, very little space. They can easily be packed into carry-on luggage as in addition to taking little room they weigh next to nothing. You'll be able to workout with them using very little floor space as you'll normally required little space in addition to the one you would be standing over.
Things to Consider
There are a few things you should consider while using band exercises when working out.
Mainly you'll have to be vigilant in inspecting the wear and tear of the exercise bands before working out. A small tear can quickly develop into a complete one and if it occurred while working out could potentially cause personal injuries.
Additionally it is a bit more difficult to gauge how fast your muscle strength is improving using them rather than traditional fitness equipment and that's because the resistance level is not constant throughout the exercise movements. As you progress through an exercise you'll find that the resistance levels increases, consistent with the fact that the elastic band is being stretched out.