When your training at home, your workout options are endless even if you don’t have expensive equipment. Everyday household items can be turned into fitness tools to help you lose weight and get fitter. But if you were going to spend your hard earned dollars on workout equipment, what would it be? I’m a practical thinker. I don’t see much point spending money on a stair climbing machine when you can climb actual stairs. Or a treadmill when you can actually go for a run. New equipment is nice, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you will get results faster!However there are some workout tools that you should add to your at home arsenal, and they shouldn’t break the bank! Free weights and resistance bands are the most common and affordable option!
Resistance bands have come a long, long way in the last 10-15 years. I remember using a cheap set of resistance bands throughout my first round of P90x in 2008. I remember bands snapping, handles breaking and all sorts of other issues that were often painful and left a mark! However. the one thing that I loved about resistance bands was their ability to travel with me anywhere! It didn’t matter if i was heading out of town, across the boarder or out of the country, i could take my bands with me and keep my workout routine going while i travelled.
Bands are light, easy to store and extremely durable and can come at interchangeable weights so that you can continue to get a good workout after your muscles develop. For most of our workouts, we use Stroops which come in 5 very durable resistance weights (10lbs, 15lbs, 20lbs, 25 lbs and 35 lbs).
Free weights certainly have their place and are certainly an excellent tool when it comes to making solid gains. If you use free weights, you will see an increase in muscle stability due to the supporting muscles you engage. You will also see an increase your balance and muscle coordination because using free weights requires more muscles to balance the weight evenly while you lift. From what i have found, free weights are expensive, they are heavy and cant be transported easily, and they can often lead to an increased risk of injury with incorrect form and technique. If you do buy a set of free weights, keep in mind that you might outgrow the weight you purchase. Eventually you will need to buy new weight, which is another expense.
Whether you decide to use resistance bands or free weights, the difference in your results are likely to be minimal. However, we think that being able to workout from anywhere is the most important thing for long term gains. Repetition, persistence and a desire for continuous improvement will force your body to change. Using resistance bands, enables that to happen! Save your money. Buy a band!