Whereas pull-up bars use your weight and kettlebells provide extra weight, resistance bands add force through opposition. A resistance band is a loop, made from an elastic material, typically latex. Resistance bands come in different resistance levels, such as light to heavy. Lighter bands are great for beginners, while more-experienced users use heavier bands to increase the force.
Because they are lightweight and flexible, you can store them pretty much anywhere. You can also bring them with you when you travel without paying extra baggage fees. Like kettlebells, an at home resistance band workout can engage all of your muscles.
Some exercises you can do while working out with resistance bands include the following:
One-arm biceps curls – Step onto the band and grasp it with one hand to make a triangle with the loop. With your palm facing out and bending at the elbow, lift your arm.
Squats– Similar to the above set-up, step onto the band and bring the top of the loop to rest on your shoulders while completing squats.
Hip abduction exercises – Lay on your side with the band around your upper thighs. Keep your knees bent and pull them away from each other.
Glute bridges– Place the loop so it is around your hips while on your back. Hold the band with your hands as you lift your hips to the sky.
Press-ups– Wrap the band around your shoulders while keeping the ends in each of your hands. Do a pushup.
Resistance bands are one of the cheapest home exercise equipment available. You can purchase a set of three to five for less than $15. You may find that resistance bands are the best home workout equipment because of their affordability, versatility, and compact design.