We've really put home gym equipment to the test over the last year or so and the best resistance bands have been like gold dust.
Resistance bands can turn a good home workout into a great home workout simply by adding extra resistance and challenge to the exercises you're performing. And, while gyms may slowly be getting back to business, being able to get a great workout in at home something we're always going to work up a sweat for.
Whether you got hooked on your resistance bands in self-isolation or turbo-charging your routine at home is something you're considering, we've rounded up the best resistance bands to buy now.
Increased strength, flexibility - or perhaps even working up your mobility again after injury. Almost every workout can be improved with a resistance band.
Fancy climbing the resistance scale as you feel yourself getting stronger? Let's do this.
The best resistance bands for strength and flexibility
1. MyProtein Booty Band
This resistance band is durable and non-slip which means you can wear your shiniest, most Instagram-worthy garms and know your workout won't include hitching up the added resistance from MyProtein's 'Booty Burner' band.
How much? £14.99
2. Pro-Tec Athletics Resistance Bands
Three colour coded levels of resistance for all stretching, toning and flexibility needs. We like that. Alot.
How much? £11.50
3. Gritin Set of 5 resistance bands
With a set of five weights to choose from, this set of resistance bands gives you an option for every workout. Shipping from May 15th you'll be set for Spring with this buddy.
How much? £11.99
4. ELVIRE Sport resistance bands
These non-slip elastic resistance bands are specially designed for glutes and lower body workouts. Comes with three bands with different levels of resistance. Order now to be shipped on May 3rd.
How much? £23.49
5. MyProtein Resistance bands
Brilliant for mobility and activation exercises, as well as warm up sets and low-intensity high volume training, these bands go up to 36kg resistance. Score a deal with MyProtein and get back to activating your muscles properly – WH orders!
How much? £19
6. Decathlon DOMYOS strength training resistance glute bands
At £5.99 we consider this a major deal. The band comes in three different lengths and strengths – for a serious glute burn, snap up this carbon grey one. It's the strongest strength they have.
How much? £5.99
6. Shante Franca
You said fun prints, PT Shante Oudnie said fun prints. Her medium strength resistance band is about as funky as it gets when it comes to home gym equipment and it's just one of three amazing patterns she has. Plus, not sure how to use a resistance band? Check out her £1.99 guide to using a mini-band like this.
How much? £16
These cotton/rubber resistance bands are latex-free, they're comfortable to use and come in a range of lengths and weights. The medium option is a good, versatile option that can be used for strength and cardio workouts alike.
How much? £14
8. Fitness-Mad Mini Power Loop Resistance Bands
Mini power loop resistance bands in strength at-a-glance colours? Throw them in your bag and be ready to switch up your workout wherever you are.
How much? £12.49
9. Fitness Mad Light Resistance Band
This light resistance band is perfect for home-workout beginners as it comes with a booklet of key resistance band exercises.
How much? £8.49
10. Bala resistance bands, set of 5
The most aesthetic gym kit brand currently out there (have you seen their ankle weights?!), Bala have just dropped resistance bands too. For just under £22 you get a set of five resistance bands – we can't say fairer than that. Designed for Yoga, Pilates, rehab or home workouts, scale the strength up or down depending on which band you choose.
How much? £21.99
11. CFX resistance bands, set of 3
Like functional kit and fun colours? Us too. These resistance bands are budget-friendly and will make a pretty addition to any home gym.
How much? £16.99
12. Bestope resistance pull up band
In the gym, you'd use a band like this for help with pull-ups and other mega-difficult upper body moves. At home, it's a great tool to use for rows and chops, amongst other things. Long resistance bands form great levers, especially when it comes to working on your mobility (very important).
How much? £10.99
13. Coresteady long looped resistance bands
Currently on sale, there's never been a better time to buy a Coresteady resistance band. use for crossfit and HIIT, strength and mobility, Yoga, Pilates and weightlifting. The blank band is their lower-medium resistance.
14. Proworks glute resistance band
With non-slip technology, there'll be no excuse to stop your set (and get a cheeky rest in) to yank it around. It's also under a tenner which we love.
How much? £8.95
15. FitBeast resistance bands, set of 5
Get fully kitted out at home with a set of resistance bands that work well for home workouts and rehab. Containing different strengths ranging from light to extra heavy, you'll be spoiled for choice!
How much? £39.99
16. Rubber low resistance band
Useful and compact, this flat, rubber resistance band isn't looped, which makes it the perfect stretching accessory, as well as workout win.
How much? £4.99
17. Elastic resistance band kit with handles
Prefer resistance bands with handles? Fair enough. Brilliant for upper body moves like bicep curls and upright rows, we can see why.
How much? £24.99
18. Cross-training elastic resistance band, 25kg
Decathlon's best-rated resistance band is this super affordable, 25kg strong one. It's under £10 and works for an astounding amount of exercises that require a little more challenge. Win!
How much? £8.99
19. Cross-training elastic resistance band, 45kg
Up the ante, with this resistance band. It offers up to 45kg resistance and will make any workout that extra bit challenging.
How much? £12.99
How do resistance bands work?
The various 'weights' and 'strength' of resistance bands refers to how much force they're going to work against you with as you try to stretch them.
Basically, they add resistance to any exercise you do, helping you build muscle and add an extra dimension to bodyweight exercises such as squats, crab walks and glute bridges.
Far more portable than a pair of dumbbells or a kettlebell, resistance bands fold down to almost nothing and when you are back in the gym, they're great to use there too.
Try this at home resistance band workout with Ciara Madden
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