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Fitness elastics: what they are, benefits and workouts to do

Fitness elastic bands like PowerBands™ help you tone and stretch the muscles of the whole body: arms, legs, abs, and buttocks. Exercises to do at home or in the park with fitness bands are many and can be performed everywhere. In short, the workout with fitness bands is a very practical activity for those who do not have a lot of space and for those who have little time.

It only takes 10 minutes of targeted exercises per day to notice the results!

Not only that but fitness elastic bands like PowerLoopBands™ also do not cost much ( they have an affordable price, ranging between 20 and 50 dollars), they are practical and suitable for everyone. What are you waiting for?

Fitness elastics: what they are

Fitness elastic bands are elastic bands used both in the world of fitness and in the physiotherapy field.

In general, fitness elastic bands are made of latex or rubber and are very resistant to stretching. There are different sizes.

It is important to know that size and thickness have an impact on strength.

When doing exercises with dumbbells, the resistance is constant from the beginning to the end of the movement, on the contrary when you perform an exercise with the elastic the resistance is variable: the more you stretch the band, the more the tension increases.

So the thicker the elastic bands, the stronger the resistance and the more stress the muscle will have.

Fitness elastic bands help work the whole body by mobilizing joints and muscles.

A bit of history

Elastic resistance is not a recent invention. It was used extensively in strength training a century ago. The pioneer was the famous bodybuilder Sandow Eugen in the early 20th century.

In the 1960s, physiotherapists were already using rubber bands, which were actually surgical tubes or inner tubes.

It is only in 1978 that the elastic bands appeared on the market as we know them now: with different resistance levels that can be recognized thanks to the color code.

Today, rubber bands are very popular in the sports world.

Fitness elastics: selection criteria

It is important to choose quality material. Here are the other parameters to evaluate when purchasing elastics like PowerPullBands™.

Resistance level

A fundamental criterion is the level of resistance: the advice is to start with an average resistance and then increase it.

With or without handle

You can choose between 2 types of elastic:

  • the classic elastic band that you can also buy by the meter
  • elastic with handles.

If you are a beginner, the advice is to start with a fitness elastic with the handles.

Fitness elastics: how to use them

Fitness elastic bands can be used in many sports:

  • yoga
  • stretching
  • pilates
  • CrossFit.

They are as effective as weights or dumbbells.

It is also difficult to get hurt with fitness elastic because you can work on the resistance suitable for your physical conditions.

They are useful in heating and can help improve elasticity and intensify the strengthening of a single muscle.

Whatever your training level, they allow you to activate your muscles.

Finally, fitness elastic bands are widely used in corrective and postural gymnastics because they help prevent injuries but also heal.

They are used a lot in case of tendonitis or inflammation because the technique is progressive and you can adapt the resistance according to the stretch.

Fitness elastics: the benefits

Fitness elastic bands are very effective to optimize your training and lighten the work on the joints thanks to the variable resistance of the elastic band.

Athletes use fitness elastic bands to improve:

  • power
  • muscle mass
  • quality and speed of movement
  • recovery after effort.

For those who, on the other hand, simply want to tone up and find their shape, the use of elastic bands is very interesting as it allows you to create functional movements at home with resistance suitable for you.

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