3 Advantages of Using Sculpting Band

By: Jesse Miller

Building strength and muscle using sculpting bands is a fairly new addition to fitness world. Some travelers who want to sculpt their body can only travel with resistance bands. The used of resistance bands are recommended for its several advantages:

1. Using resistance bands is a great way to develop strength. A growing body of research is showing that "accommodating resistance", a phenomenon whereby the band's tension becomes more challenging at your muscles' strongest length, is a tremendous way of developing muscular strength. For instance, performing a biceps curl with a resistance band is far more challenging than using dumbbells.

This is due to the fact that as you raise the band it becomes tighter, creating more tension and work in the biceps muscle. In general, as you lengthen the band it creates more resistance. As an example it's almost like starting the movement with 10 lbs dumbbell and finishing it with a 30 lbs dumbbell. The constant pull of the band creates an ever-growing amount of tension making any muscular movement challenging throughout.

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As the resistance band is stretched it stores a tremendous amount of kinetic energy, much like an outstretched spring. The natural tendency then would be for the band to "snap" back to original length, much like a rubber band that has been stretched. This provides an incredible eccentric or "negative" load on the working muscles that can produce amazing gains in strength.

3. Resistance band aside from being a remarkable workout tool to develop muscles' strength and size it is also a convenient device that can be used at home, while you travel, or even in the gym. It is not advisable to bring heavy equipments like dumbbell while you're on travel or lifting heavy weight materials at home. Some resistance band workouts that can be great for doing at any of those places mentioned are; squat presses, resisted step-ups with biceps curls, lateral lunge with diagonal chop, resisted crunches (on stability ball), reverse lunge with back row, standing alternating chest press and squat sit with 1-arm back row. For each exercise using resistance band, you just have to complete as many reps as you can in 30 seconds for you get a good result.

The combination of increasing tension and intrinsic eccentric properties make the resistance band an amazing workout tool for developing muscular strength and size. However, it is important to progressively use tauter bands as you become stronger. Just like using a 10 lbs dumbbell forever will force you to plateau and realize no further strength gain, so too will a band of similar tension. As you get stronger, you can move onto a tougher and more resistant band. Progression and overload are 2 important aspects of any training program and need to be implemented for maximum gains in strength and muscular growth.

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