Whether you are looking for weight loss or you just want to keep in shape, resistance bands are ideal. They are lightweight, can fit just about anywhere and, when paired with some cardio exercise, they are the way to go. Highly versatile, you can use resistance bands for almost every part of your body – upper body, lower body, full-body.
One of the most effective types of exercise, especially for the upper legs and glutes, is squats. But what do resistance bands do for squats? And are there benefits to using resistance bands for squats? Let's take a look.
Benefits of Resistance Bands for Squats
Resistance bands can take your squats to the next level by strengthening your glutes and legs. On top of this, there are numerous other reasons you should include a resistance band in your usual workout. First, the resistance band is highly versatile, so you can use it for multiple other exercises. If you pair it with a squat, you can be sure that it will tone your glutes, which often do not happen in a regular squat. The resistance band empowers you sufficiently so that you can sit back on the heels and focus on using your glute muscles and work them out.
Another benefit of using resistance bands for squats is that they work your quads and hamstrings beautifully. This is because your leg muscles can easily get involved when you press up from standing against the resistance band, allowing you to work more muscles at the same time.
Lastly, if it is not apparent yet, resistance bands add diversity and fun to your training. They help you improve your strength, although most people often use weights to do so. Weights can be more challenging and heavier to work with, while resistance bands are incredibly lightweight, easy to carry around, and to implement in your training. The resistance band adds extra variety by allowing you to move around, but also to lift weights at the same time. In addition to this, you can easily choose a stronger band if your fitness level is lower, or even add two bands if you enjoy a challenge. Make sure you tighten them up pretty well if you want to add something extra to your training.
Resistance Band Squats and Your Workout
Resistance band squats are a strength training move. Adding muscle to your body and strengthening your muscles basically means that your body is more efficient in burning calories. Additionally, the resistance band workout is hugely satisfying as it is; nonetheless, you can still mix it with your usual workout or incorporate the resistance band in other moves so that you can benefit from all of its features.
Resistance Band Squats Ideas
The classic ones might be the easiest to go for in the beginning. They work out not only your glutes but also your quads, and they are great at building body strength. First, stand tall with your feet matching your shoulder width and put the resistance band under your heels. Carefully, pull the top of the resistance band over your head and place it on your shoulders. Next, hold the band with both your hands at shoulder-level and stretch it up around two or three inches. Perform the squat while maintaining this position. Bend the knees and the hips simultaneously, with your legs having a 90-degree angle with the thighs (parallel to the floor). Stand back up slowly, back to the starting position, while relaxing the band and your arms.
If you want to engage your abs more while you do your squats, the resistance band can quickly help you achieve your objective. Put the resistance band around your thighs, right above the knees. Slightly widen your legs to have some degree of pressure on the band, but do not overdo it. Slowly lower your body in the squat position, making sure you maintain the same pressure on the band; return to the beginning position, while keeping the resistance band on.
For arm, shoulder, core, and legs workout, follow these next steps: Stand up, with your legs as wide as your shoulders, with your toes slightly facing outwards. Similar to the first position, place the resistance band under your heels and hold the top of it with both hands. Next, pull it behind your back, so it is at shoulder level. Go down as in a classic squat as described before, but the main difference is that you also stretch your arms (extend them) above your head, stretching the resistance band. Return to beginning position and repeat.
So, what do resistance bands do for squats? Overall, resistance bands can diversify your workout routine, and they bring much variety to your standard squats. The main advantage is that they allow you to work out different muscles which otherwise would need other physical exercises to get engaged. And on top of it, the resistance bands can be blended into many other workout moves.