Fitness For Men : Portable Workout

Fitness instructors and personal trainers often tout the benefits of resistance bands. But can a three foot piece of rubber hose that fits in your pocket and costs about the same as a portion of fish and chips really give you the same kind of workout as a dedicated iron machine with its complex series of pulleys, stabilizers and adjustable weights that sets you back a couple of months’ salary? Surely a real man needs a manly machine for getting in shape and staying that way?

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Fitness instructors and personal trainers often tout the benefits of resistance bands. But can a three foot piece of rubber hose that fits in your pocket and costs about the same as a portion of fish and chips really give you the same kind of workout as a dedicated iron machine with its complex series of pulleys, stabilizers and adjustable weights that sets you back a couple of months’ salary? Surely a real man needs a manly machine for getting in shape and staying that way?

The answer is no. More and more men are learning that you don’t need to shell out a fortune to get a great home workout. It’s exactly because results from exercise bands are so good that personal trainers are quick to recommend them to their clients.

Terrell Owens, famous American football wide receiver uses fitness bands for strength training. Terrell has played professional football for the San Francisco 49ers, the Dallas Cowboys, the Philadelphia Eagles and the Buffalo Bills. Staying in shape is important to Terrell and fitness bands help him accomplish that. Juan Carlos Santana, fitness guru and founder of the Institute of Human Performance works with professional athletes, fortune 500 companies, fitness equipment manufactures and professional sporting organizations. He recommends resistance band training both for building muscle and aerobic conditioning. Tony Horton, fitness trainer to the stars and founder of several highly successful fitness programs including Beach Body and P90X, regularly incorporates resistance bands in his DVD training series.

Resistance bands are regularly used by sports trainers to help athletes train for specific sports. Working with exercise bands, athletes tone and build muscles that are not worked in their particular sport but vital to the overall functioning of the muscles that are. For instance in baseball, a fast pitch requires a strong arm, but the deltoids, rhomboids and other supporting muscles are also important.

Still not convinced? Okay, here’s a challenge. Grab yourself a resistance band and try the following – I challenge you not to feel the power of this exercise:

Resistance Band Squats

Stand on the middle of the band, holding one handle in each hand. Widen your stance until your feet are hip width apart. Use your arms to pull the bands up behind your back and over your shoulders holding your arms out in front of you. Now give me 20 squats. If that’s too easy, pick a stronger resistance band or pull tighter on the band to create more tension. If you are doing it right, I guarantee by the twentieth one you’re going to feel it.