Free weights have loads of benefits when it comes to strength training, but resistance bands can offer an inexpensive and versatile way to hit both larger and smaller muscle groups at the same time. Plus, research published in the Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology found that resistance bands can provide more neuromuscular fatigue — which ultimately ends up strengthening muscle fibres over time — than exercises that use only isometric contractions like squats or planks.
Here, trainers share their favourite resistance-band exercises to help you get both a stronger upper and lower body. Check out these resistance bands if you don’t have one already. Since they’re so cheap, you may want to purchase both kinds: a loop resistance band, as well as a traditional one with handles.