1. Increase Strength & Build Muscle
Yes you can still make gains in your backyard! As your muscles are contracting against the band, your muscles are working hard and effectively in order to grow. If you find that the weight is becoming easier to push against, simply increase the tension by using a thicker band – similar to what you would do on the gym floor by using a heavier dumbbell. As long as the stimulus (which in this case is your body’s tension on the band) is appropriately sufficient, your muscles will be forced to respond, therefore grow!
2. Burn Fat
Resistance Training has been recognized for its effectiveness in fat loss. One reason for this is due to the amount of energy expenditure and strength required when performing this type of training. The harder you work out and the more energy you put in to your Resistance Training, the more calories burnt. Also, a good banded workout is proven to increase your oxygen consumption after you work out meaning your metabolism remains active. This as a result leads to the continuation of your body burning calories long after your resistance band workout has taken place.
3. Promote Good Form, Balance, & Focus
As you are slowly adapting from using gym equipment to resistance bands, you will notice that at first, you will feel slightly shaky whilst working out with the band. Not to worry, this is not a bad thing! Getting the hang of using a band may be a challenge and will be a test on your overall body, not just one specific muscle group. As you are feeling un-steady performing some exercises, this just means you are being forced to concentrate more on maintaining a good form which will improve in stabilising your muscles and building your core strength all in one. Lastly, controlling the tension and release on the band may require a lot of concentration. Be sure to maintain the tension on the band – rather than letting it snap back into place. This will be sure to promote constant improvement in your form, balance and focus whilst Resistance Training and will benefit you long term.