Get Started With Resistance Bands in 1 Minute
If you’re new to resistance band training or making the move from weight training to bands, the following six keys will get you started. Right now.
The portable TB12 On-the-Go Looped Band Kit and the TB12 On-the-Go Looped & Handle Band Kit offer two immediate options to get started with a high-quality functional strength & conditioning program. Anytime, anywhere. No gym membership required.
By applying these principles (contributed by TB12 Body Coaches) you will be able to support your post-workout recovery while you train: TB12 Resistance bands limit inflammation and allow you to work through a wide range of motion.
On-Ramp to Resistance Bands
- Start light. Always start with a lighter band to ensure correct form when starting out. “We’re all beginners when it comes to the quality of movement,” says Dan Johns, strength coach and author of the book, Course Correction for the Athlete and Trainer.
- Be prepared. Have two levels of bands to switch between to vary the stimulation on your muscles. This allows you to challenge yourself to progress. (Why TB12 Resistance Bands are Tom Brady-approved.)
- Tense up. There should be tension on the band throughout the entire movement, from start to finish.
- Distance = Resistance. To increase difficulty using a band, take a step further away from the anchor to increase tension. (Here are some tips on how to use TB12 Looped Bands).
- Form first, speed second. Once body form is perfected, increase the speed of movement to increase exercise difficulty. It’s important to remember not exercising is better than exercising with poor form. As author and movement expert Gray Cook puts it, “Don’t add speed to dysfunction.”
- Don’t max out. Never max out band tension to 100%. To put it another way, the point where the band cannot stretch anymore. You risk injury and damaging the band.