Full Body Workout Without Gym Equipment
Updated: Apr 15
I grew up in the gym since my Dad was a powerlifter and my Godfather was Mr. England. From being a toddler to my adult life I virtually became a “Gym Rat.” At the age of 16 years I started to lift weights and continued this active lifestyle for 40 years. During this period I have trained numerous people from “every walk of life" including my spouse, Corrie, who competed in the Western Canadians.
Over the years I developed numerous injuries from the heavy lifting and decided to lift lighter weights using Metabolic Stress Training (MST). Basically, MST is completing structural and compound exercises with little rest in between exercises in an effort to maximize calorie burn and increase metabolic rate during and after the workout.
This worked for a few years until those nagging injuries resurfaced. Being a Personal Trainer and martial artist I wanted to ensure my injuries would not hinder my active lifestyle. Through my research I discovered Resistance Band Training. Initially, I was skeptic since I always thought Resistance Bands were for physical therapy/rehabilitation and old people. However, I soon discovered the incredible benefits of Resistance Band Training. I transformed my strength-training workouts into power-packed sessions. I started to note an increase in my muscle density and my injuries diminished drastically whereupon I am virtually injury free.
The Resistance Bands have improved my stretching for my marital arts since they have the flexibility to stretch and increase the range of motion unlike lifting weights. Another key advantage is I am able to work out anywhere, anytime, with the added bonus of not having to attend and pay for a gym membership. That was sure a delight on my wallet. Now, I can go on a mountain hike or to the beach while carrying my “Gym-In-A-Bag” with me.
Research indicates that using Resistance Bands promotes bone strength, which is particularly important as we age. After the age of 30 years individuals start to lose bone density and Resistance Band training can protect us from osteoporosis. One study indicated when we expose our bone mass to mechanical loads that are more than we we experience in our daily life, we preserve those bones.
So, what are some of the main benefits of Resistance Bands?
Portability: As I have mentioned you can take them anywhere since they are small, light and flexible, you just put them in a small bag and head out to the park, mountains, beach, or where ever your heart desires.
Affordability: There are a variety of Resistance Bands on the market. However, I would encourage you to do some research prior to purchasing some bands and don’t cheap out. Unfortunately, there are some poor quality brands out there. Personally, I prefer the solid bands were I have to wear gloves.
Versatility: While dumbbells provide you with a heavy lift, and weight machines are stable and easy to use, neither has the versatility of Resistance Bands. I have found the movements of Resistance Bands to be more functional and one key factor is that I no longer have injuries.
Muscle Fiber Recruitment: When lifting weights, gravity plays a big part. We get more resistance when lifting but it becomes easier when lowering the weight. The ability to move freely when using Resistance Bands allows us to mimic and recreate everyday movements, thus being more functional. Having experienced the versatility of Resistance Bands for the past 3 years, which in my opinion, have been more effective and efficient than lifting weights. Having the instability of the bands over the fixed motion of lifting weights has a completely different feel. I believe it has enhanced my performance and aesthetic appearance.
Now that you know some of the main benefits of Resistance Band training it’s easy to see why they have become so popular among fitness enthusiasts as well as professional athletes. If you have not yet added Resistance Band training into your workout routine, now is the time to do so. Take advantage of the benefits and make the most of your workouts.
I will be doing a series of blogs and videos on Resistance Band training since there are many elements, such as principles, fundamentals, various exercises and frequency. I hope you will follow me through this series and I encourage you to leave comments on any questions you may have or send me an update on your progress.
About The Author: Steve is a Blogger, Videographer, and Personal Trainer. His content creation focuses on Generation X Societal Lifestyles, Health/Fitness and Faith. #healthylifestyle