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The History of Resistance Bands


A recent spate of travel has made access to heavy weights a near impossibility. Hotel and College gyms with dumbbells up to 30 kilos and in some cases, with not a barbell in sight have forced me to be inventive with my training. In the past such occurrences would have caused me a great inconvenience but thanks to the advice of a friend, I finally capitulated and bought a set of resistance bands.

Admittedly I’d been sceptical. Resistance bands for me, conjure up images up Charles Atlas-esque resistance training that although promising much, could not compete with actual weights. Nevertheless, my head has been turned, and although not a fully fledged convert to resistance training, I can’t deny how useful they’ve been recently. My very unexotic travels have however spurred my interest in the equipment. So in today’s post we’re going to examine the history of resistance bands. Where they came from, who popularised them and some useful tips on how to use them should you be stuck on your own travels.


Muscle Building Without Weights: Is It Really Possible?

Most people keen on building up their muscle strength will use weights. This is why your local gym is filled with body building equipment such as dumbbells and barbells. For anybody serious about getting stronger, this is undeniably the best way to do it. But are weights compulsory? In short, the answer is no, and there are other ways to build muscle strength. However, it will be a slower process. You will be at a disadvantage compared to those people who do use weights, but it can still be done.

So if you don’t have the means or the inclination to get to a gym, here is how you can build your muscle strength without weights.

Pushed For Time? Make Exercise Suit Your Schedule

One of the common complaints amongst those who don’t exercise is that they don’t have enough time. Whilst others would argue that it’s not difficult to carve 30 minutes out of your day for the gym, it is tough to fit everything in. Early starts, late finished, not to mention family and social commitments, you start to realize how tough it is for some of us to find time to exercise. And when we do eventually have an hour free? Chances are you won’t want to put on your workout gear and head to the gym. So what are the alternatives…