But since injuring my back in mid-January, lifting most types of weights has been off limits. I so miss my kettle bells, dumbbells, sand bells - I'll even say I miss hauling the heavy and awkward tires in Y-Blitz. Fortunately there is one type of strength training I can do and that's using resistance bands.
So it was perfect timing when TKO sent me a set of 4-Way Resistance Bands a few weeks ago. Let's just say they've been in heavy rotation lately :)
Made of PVC, this versatile piece of exercise equipment is super affordable and portable. The bands will pretty much fit in any gym tote - or even your work tote! The bands are also great to use at home, even in an apartment with limited space.
When using the bands, you'll work your major muscle groups as well as recruit other stabilizer muscles you might not use when using other types of weights. Read: You're core will get a great workout while you're working your upper and lower body! Another great thing about using resistance bands is that you can adjust to make the workout as easy or hard as you want. For example, while I've been recovering from my back injury, I've used less resistance with most exercises but as I get stronger I'll be able to add greater resistance to make every move more challenging.
I've used this resistance bands workout a few times. I especially like that it targets muscles most used by runners. Plus it can be done in the comfort of your own home :)
I give TKO 4-way resistance bands two thumbs up. Whether you're a healthy runner or one who's recovering from an injury, this is a great way to get stronger and, in turn, improve your running.
Tell me: What's your favorite resistance band exercise?