Training with strength bands is versatile and effective
Outdoor fitness training has always fascinated me. One of the best tools to train your body outdoors is the strength band. It is simple to use and highly effective.
Today, you can buy strength bands in many variations and therefore perform serious strength workouts with them. But it was not always like this. When I started to work as a personal trainer in 1999, the best known brands on the German market were “Theraband” and “Deuserband”. Both brands have been popular in rehabilitation clinics and physiotherapy practices. You would not see many people train in the fitness centers with the bands, perhaps someone who did recovery or very specialized training.
Here is a brief overview of the advantages of training with power bands:
- Light weight and space saving, power bands fit in every pocket
- Most bands are cheap, which makes it financially bearable when they rip
- Versatile usage, indoors and outdoors
- Available in many different sizes and designs, creating a wide range of training, from rehabilitation to competitive sports
However, there are also disadvantages:
- With frequent use in nature even stable bands like the Deuserbands rip
- Not all exercises are easy to perform, e.g. squats
All in all, power bands are good training tools that greatly expand the possibilities of your fitness training. But you should rather see them as a useful addition to your training and not to solely train with them.