I am fortunate to have a gym in my home. I have a full set of free weights and a couple of machines. But even when you have access to a gym (or have one of your own), I believe there is an important place for resistance bands.
They are portable, they offer variety, and they are safer for children and older people to use. Plus, you can use them for pull up assistance and group them together to increase your resistance without having to have huge heavy weights lying around.
I recently had the opportunity to review Cynergy Fitness Resistance Bands. These bands come in a set of 2-4 lbs (yellow), 4-6 lbs (green), 10-12 lbs (red), and 20-30 lbs (black). Each band can be used alone or stacked together to get resistance from 2 to 75lbs.
They are lightweight and portable. I can easily fit these in carry-on luggage, in my car, or even in my purse.
They are easy to use and because they are not heavy, they are safer to use for children. I am currently teaching my children weight training and they have not been safe while working with free weights. They just seem to think you can throw weights around and everything has to be done fast. I am obviously working with them on proper technique, but have decided to go ahead with the bands instead. They can still learn proper form and technique but the process will be safer while I'm "not looking" or they decide to show off to friends.
I can also use these to assist their weight while they learn to do pull ups.
This is a great set, and if my kids get rough with one of them or if they eventually wear out, they are inexpensive and easy to replace.
I would highly recommend them to experienced and novice exercisers.
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