Continuing on the Benefits of Resistance Band Training from a previous blog, there are many additional training benefits.
No Cheating and Less Injury
A critical benefit of elastic resistance is that it prevents the user from “cheating” on the exercise being performed. The physical properties of elastic resistance devices do not allow the user to cheat by using momentum. This is because the resistance from the elastic equipment comes from the stretching of the resistance bands and not the mass of the equipment. The only way to continue a movement while performing resistance band exercises is to utilize more muscle fibers in the exercising muscle to continue stretching the elastic material. This also helps prevent injuries from occurring.
Repeated joint compression and lack of joint stabilization is what ultimately breaks down joint surfaces. Resistance bands create significantly less joint compression because they use tension instead of gravity, like free weights. Therefore bands can train using horizontal and rotational forces which create far less joint compression. Essentially band training eliminates having to always train muscles using the same patterns of movement which in turn is far more joint friendly.
Full Performance Workout
A resistance band’s light weight construction and variable resistance allows it to be applied to the body in multiple ways that in turn allows for a wide variety of training objectives to be achieved, including:
- Muscle Strength
- Muscle Growth
- Fat Loss
Training movements, not just a muscle
Resistance band training is a tool that can replicate any functional movement while applying an unloading, movement retraining assistance or a strength enhancing, muscle building resistance. As a result resistance band training will make movements and muscles stronger while simultaneously improving movement coordination.