Women's Health

The Resistance(Band) Rises!

STRETCHING THE LIMITS

Originally a proven alternative to free weights and machines for the elderly and injured, elastic bands have beenconfirmed in a new review to boost muscle strength and functional performance in healthy folks too. But that’s not the onlyreason we love mini bands. Let us count the ways…

1 THEY INCREASE MUSCLE ACTIVATION

Mini bands are unique among resistance tools because they place constant tension on your muscles, keeping them equally engagedfor both the contracting and lengthening phases of an exercise, saysAlexia Clark, a personal trainer in Scottsdale, Arizona. In fact, onestudy in the found thatusing elastics can increase muscle activity up to 15 percent morethan training with dumbbells. The

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