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The 5 Best Exercise Bands for Your Quarantine Bod

Safe doesn't have to mean sedentary.

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Many of those now getting swoll in living rooms and basements won’t be returning to their gyms after the COVID-19 crisis subsides. They’re experiencing first-hand just how convenient and cost-effective it can be to exercise at home. You don’t need a ton of gear: exercise bands, also known as resistance bands, are a clutch addition to any home workout arsenal. They allow you to target specific muscles, work them in different ways, and continuously challenge yourself by changing things up.

According to 19-time world champion power lifter Robert Herbst, resistance bands are a great place to start your fitness quest. “From small, high-volume shoulder movements to heavy exercises like push-ups and squats, there are just so many ways to use them,” he says. “With good technique and the proper amount of tension, you can really get a really solid workout.”

Resistance bands can be sheet, looped, or tube. Sheet bands are literal sheets of latex; they’re your entry point because they’re the easiest type to use. You wrap them around your hands or feet, and use them for warmups or stretches. Looped bands, like a rubber band, are circular and are used for both upper and lower body workouts, and for moves like banded walks, glute bridges, or ab workouts. Tube bands are thick tubes with handles that you grip; you use them for bicep curls, upright rows, leg curls, or chest presses.

Whichever type you choose, they’re worth your time. Aside from being ultra-portable, resistance bands tend to be far more economical than other types of home gym hardware, and take up hardly any space.

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