Don’t Have Heavier Weights at Home? Try Adding a Resistance Band

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For many of us, working out at home has become the new norm, but it doesn’t mean it doesn’t come with it sets of challenges. At the gym, we had access to heavier weights, making lifting and building muscles much easier. And at home, our equipment is really limited. Luckily, all you need to make your workout more intense are resistance bands! Just loop them onto a dumbbell, kettlebell, or barbell and get to lifting. Here’s why you should add resistance bands to your weights.

Adds Load

Adding resistance bands to your weights creates the feeling of extra load that you would get from heavier weights. In order for your muscles to grow stronger and bigger, you need to keep pushing them past their strength threshold by lifting heavier weights, adding more reps and sets, or changing the tempo and intensity of the exercise.

Increase Tension Through Movement

By adding resistance bands, you’re increasing the tension during the exercise, which demands more control, especially during the downward phase of the movement.

Increase Range of Motion and Perfect Form

If you struggle keeping proper form or activating the right muscles during an exercise, resistance bands can help correct these patterns and increase your range of motion.