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Resistance bands are useful pieces of equipment that anyone with (or even without!) a home gym can benefit from. They can be added to different bodyweight exercises like squats or push-ups to add a little spice or help you with other things like achieving a pull-up. The team at Garage Gym Reviews tested more than 20 resistance bands on the quest to find you the best options for however you want to use yours. 

In this best resistance bands roundup, expect to see our picks for our favorite budget option, best for glutes, for beginners, and more. We’re committed to giving you our honest opinion to help you spend your money on things you’ll actually use (and not just throw on that one chair you throw everything on.) 

After researching dozens of options and testing more than 20, we narrowed down our final list by taking the following factors into consideration:

  • Durability: Can we trust that these won’t snap on us and make us the next viral video sensation?
  • Smell: Do they give off that funky rubber smell?
  • Portability: Are they lightweight enough to fit in a travel bag?
  • Resistance: How much resistance do they provide?
  • Optionality: Can they be used for a pull up but also a kickback and a biceps curl?

We’ve had our hands on everything home gym-related. From racks to weight benches to dumbbells and everything in between, we’re your trusted source. We thoroughly test each piece of fitness equipment with specialized standardized testing methods and resistance bands are no exception. 

When testing each resistance band, our team looked at things like overall tension, material, price, optionality, and value. This helped us get a clear picture on if the item was worth recommending or not. 

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Best Overall Resistance Bands: Living.Fit Resistance Bands

Good for: Someone who wants affordable and versatile resistance bands

Best Overall

Living.Fit Resistance Bands

Product Highlights

  • Natural latex material
  • Available in sets of 4 or 6 bands
  • 6 different resistance levels from 10 lbs to 200 lbs
  • Includes door anchor
  • 41” length

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Bands for versatile uses
  • Wide range of resistance levels
  • Can save by purchasing a set
  • Comes with door anchor

Cons

  • Not a lot of reviews yet
  • Bands can’t be bought in pairs
  • No handles

Bottom Line

Living.Fit Resistance Bands offer a great range of resistance levels, from 10 pounds with the thin red band, all the way up to 200 pounds with the thickest bands. Bought in sets of four or six bands, these bands are versatile and can be used for a variety of strength training and resistance training exercises.

For under $70, you get six resistance bands that range from 10 pounds of resistance all the way up to 200, and a door anchor to increase the amount of moves you can do with the bands. The Living.Fit resistance bands are a very affordable option for someone who wants an entire set without a hefty price tag.

In fact, GGR head of content and expert product tester Kate Meier said they reminded her of the Rogue Monster bands—with one exception. “They’re not as chalky,” she notes. “You can definitely tell they’re high quality.”

A woman working out in a gym with Living.Fit Camo Bands

CrossFitter and Garage Gym Reviews Everything lead reviewer Lindsay Scheele agrees, rating them a 4 out of 5 for durability. “I feel safe using them,” she says. “I did a variety of stretches and workouts with them and at no point did I feel like they would snap on me.” Specifically, she likes that the bands can combine for up to 200 pounds of total resistance.

Hands holding up the whole rainbow of Living.Fit Camo Bands

While these certainly aren’t the most affordable resistance bands overall, they’re by far the most affordable resistance band set for people who are looking for heavy weights. No other budget-friendly resistance band set we tried provides up to 200 pounds of resistance, a lifetime warranty, and superior construction. 

Check out our Living.Fit resistance band review for more information.

Best Pull-Up Resistance Bands: Rogue Monster Bands

Good for: Anyone looking to master pull-ups

Rogue Monster Bands

Rogue Monster Bands

GGR Score: 4 starstarstarstarstar
Community Score: 4.3 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • High-quality natural latex rubber
  • Versatile use for any workout
  • Color coded resistance/tension
  • Compact and easily stored or transported
  • Available in a wide range of tensions

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • High-quality natural latex rubber
  • Band tension from 15-200 lbs
  • Bands can be used alone or with a barbell
  • Less prone to splitting and breaking than cheaper latex

Cons

  • Pricey due to natural latex rubber
  • Not meant for anyone allergic to latex

Bottom Line

The Rogue Monster Bands are, by and large, the best value resistance bands on the market. They use high quality natural latex, offer a variety of resistance levels, and have free shipping when you buy three at a time. If you're using these as stand-alone or with a barbell, these are what we suggest, although we do recommend checking pricing on EliteFTS before a purchase as they sometimes have sales that win out on price.

For those who are looking to either master their pull-ups or do sets with multiple reps, the Rogue Monster Bands Pull-Up Package will be your new best friend. The Pull-Up Package retails for around $80, and includes three durable resistance bands: a green (65 pounds), black (100 pounds), and purple (140 pounds). You can also purchase other bands separately that have as little resistance as 15 pounds, and as high as 200 pounds, so there is an option for essentially everyone. 

nathan using best resistance bands for pull ups Rogue

This pull-up band kit can be a helpful tool when trying to crank out a bunch of reps or work on building strength to get a regular pull-up sans resistance band. The Rogue Monster Bands are very durable and well-constructed resistance bands (made with latex rubber), and I felt confident in their ability to hold me while I was cranking out pull-ups. 

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The only things I don’t like about these bands are pretty minor: they stink. My hands smelled like a rubber band factory for a full day after handling these (even after washing my hands). They also have a slight powdery residue that will probably come off on your hands when you use them. Hey, free chalk for your lift after, amiright? 

Best Resistance Bands for Glutes: Titan Fitness Loop Resistance Bands

Good for: People looking for booty bands for their lower-body workouts 

Titan Loop Resistance Bands

Titan Loop Resistance Bands

Product Highlights

  • Pack of 8 for under $50
  • One-year warranty
  • Surprisingly thick
  • Durable

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • These come with a one year warranty
  • Much more durable construction than the average loop resistance band
  • Good value (Get 8 resistance bands)

Cons

  • Smell strongly when coming out of the package
  • Limited options of exercises to do with these bands

Bottom Line

The Titan Resistance Bands are a good buy for someone looking to purchase durable loop bands for a reasonable price.

For those who are looking to strengthen their glutes, the Titan Fitness Loop Resistance Bands will have you sore for days. These durable bands come in a pack of eight, with four different resistance levels for under $50. I personally was very impressed by how strong and durable these loop resistance bands were. 

Plus, Titan Fitness gives these resistance bands a one-year warranty. I haven’t come across many brands (if any at all) that provide a warranty for anything like resistance bands. Although I really like these loop resistance bands for strengthening the glutes and lower body, there are a limited amount of exercises you can do with them. 

I did really like that these particular resistance bands didn’t slide down my legs/fold over when doing exercises. I find that it can be a real issue for cheaper and thinner resistance bands, but not with these. I felt confident that they weren’t going to irritatingly fold over mid-glute bridge. 

Best Resistance Bands for Glutes: Titan Fitness Loop Resistance Bands

Best Mini-Loop Resistance Bands: Iron Bull Strength Mini Bands

Good for: Anyone looking for a cheap, mini-loop set of bands 

Best Mini-Loop Resistance Bands

Iron Bull Strength Mini Bands

GGR Score: 4 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • 6 bands per order
  • Affordable
  • Comes with a carrying case
  • Color-coded for resistance identification

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Six bands per order
  • Included carrying case
  • Goes from extra-light to extra-extra-heavy
  • 30-day money-back guarantee

Cons

  • Short 90-day warranty
  • Latex, so some people may not be able to use them

Bottom Line

These mini-resistance bands can be used to progressively gain lower-body strength, with six bands in a set ranging from extra-light to extra-extra-heavy.

For those who want great mini-loop resistance bands, Iron Bull Strength delivers. This budget-friendly option comes with six bands for under $30, ranging from extra-light to extra-extra-heavy.

Not only are these bands good for warm-ups, but they can also be useful when doing accessory work. It is worth noting that these are a bit thinner, and probably won’t last an insanely long time, especially with daily usage. However, since they are so inexpensive, it isn’t the worst thing ever if this set only lasts you a year or two. 

They also come with a convenient carrying case, so you can train your glutes and lower-body no matter where you are.

Best Resistance Bands for Physical Therapy: Crossover Symmetry Shoulder System

Good for: Individuals who have shoulder issues and want to do physical therapy exercises with their bands

Crossover Symmetry Crossover Cords

Crossover Symmetry Crossover Cords

GGR Score: 4 starstarstarstarstar
Community Score: 4 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Used by professional athletes to rehab injuries
  • Durable bands
  • Expansive workout library
  • Primarily for shoulder work

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Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Very durable bands
  • Expansive library of workout routines comes standard with this set
  • Able to customize the exercises based on the condition of your shoulder

Cons

  • Quite pricey at close to $200
  • Intended for shoulder work, not other exercises
  • Not great for small spaces

Bottom Line

A resistance band set utilized by professional athletes to rehab injuries.

If you have shoulder issues from years of overuse, an injury, or just one too many overhead presses, the Crossover Symmetry Shoulder System is a must for your recovery. This set comes with a huge library of resistance band workouts to do to strengthen your shoulders without a ton of unneeded strain.

These bands are not high in tension (between 3-40 pounds); after all, they’re supposed to be for recovery and rehab purposes. They are pretty pricey (close to $200) for something you likely won’t use a lot besides when your shoulders are hurting.

GGR Staff Writer Anthony O’Reilly said he really liked that you’re able to customize the different recommended shoulder exercises based on how bad your shoulders are. It makes him feel like he was really working with a physical therapist who is customizing recovery based on what’s actually happening with his shoulder. 

Best Resistance Bands for Recovery: Crossover Symmetry Shoulder System

Best Resistance Bands with Handles: Rogue Tube Bands (Complete Package)

Good for: People looking for high quality tube resistance bands 

Rogue Tube Resistance Bands

Rogue Tube Resistance Bands

Product Highlights

  • Made extremely well
  • Option to purchase just one or in a set
  • Comfortable handles
  • Color-coded

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • High quality handles with textured grip
  • Well-made bands
  • Fairly portable

Cons

  • Resistance tension isn’t printed on the tube bands
  • Sometimes squeak while in use
  • On the shorter side

Bottom Line

If you're looking for tube resistance bands with handles, these are easily the highest quality. The grips on the handles are a nice touch that similar tube bands don't always have.

Every piece of equipment Rogue makes is overbuilt and durable, and the Rogue Tube Resistance Bands are no exception. The handles all come individually wrapped, and I could see why pretty quickly. These tube resistance bands have some of the best handles I’ve seen compared to other comparable resistance bands. The grip is nice and textured, and the handle is long enough for larger hands to grasp easily.

Best Resistance Bands with Handles: Rogue Tube Bands

The bands are also clearly well constructed, but I do wish the resistance was printed on the equipment themselves. I’m terrible at remembering how much tension each one has, especially when the full package comes with six different options and I have the brain capacity of a squirrel. Unfortunately, even after consulting the website, it only has general estimates for each and calls the varying tension options “very light” all the way to “super heavy.” Not the most helpful in my opinion. I want actual numbers, people! 

Although these aren’t quite as portable as small loop bands would be, they can definitely still come along in suitcases and on vacation. If you’re someone who is annoyed by squeaking noises, beware: these squeak literally every time you use them. It doesn’t really bother me now, but I can see that getting old over time. I am pretty sure the sound is coming from the metal circles rubbing against the band, but regardless, they are absolutely screaming for some WD-40. 

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Best Hip Resistance Bands: Iron Bull Strength Hip Resistance Bands

Good for: Those who want to warm up or train their hip muscles

Best for Hips

Iron Bull Strength Fabric Hip Resistance Bands

Product Highlights

  • 3 size options
  • Non-slip rubber interior
  • Cotton/elastic blend
  • Available in singles or packs of 3

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • 3 size options
  • Non-slip rubber interior
  • Lightweight
  • 30-day money-back guarantee

Cons

  • Need $150 or more for free shipping
  • Short 90-day warranty

Bottom Line

The Iron Bull Fabric Hip Resistance Bands will stay in place no matter how much you squat or lunge, thanks to the non-slip rubber interior lining.

Your hips will tell no lies if you train them with the Iron Bull Strength Hip Resistance Bands. These fabric bands come in three sizes (available in singles or a pack of three) and are generally used to activate your hip muscles before lower-body workouts such as squats or leg presses, but they can also be used to add extra resistance to those moves or bodyweight movements.

Unlike other hip resistance bands that tend to slide off while in use, Iron Bull’s stays where they’re meant to thanks to the non-slip rubber interior. The fabric material gets a 5 out of 5 from us because it’s safe for all people to use—other bands use latex, which might cause allergic reactions in some people.

Best Non-Latex Resistance Bands: Fringe Sport Latex-Free Strength Bands

Good for: People who need latex-free resistance bands

Fringe Sports Latex-Free Strength Bands

Fringe Sports Latex-Free Strength Bands

Product Highlights

  • No latex
  • Made from medical-grade rubber
  • 6 different resistance levels
  • Purchased individually or in sets

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Made from latex-free, medical-grade rubber
  • Six resistance levels for fine-tuning workouts
  • Available to purchase a single bands or in various sets
  • One year warranty and free shipping
  • Fringe’s website offers movement recommendations for each band

Cons

  • Expensive, but could be worth it if they are used frequently
  • No carrying case provided

Bottom Line

Although fairly expensive, these resistance bands are durable. Also, they are latex-free, making them a great option for those with latex allergies and/or sensitivities.

Struggling to find a latex-free resistance band option? Fear not! The Fringe Sport Latex-Free Strength Bands are here to save the day. If you’re allergic to latex, these are a great option because there are a variety of different band sizes and resistance levels to choose from. You have the option to either order bands individually, or purchase a set. However, the set is actually rather pricey at $190 for a set of six bands. 

I do love that these are so versatile. The thicker ones are great for assisted pull-ups and the thinner ones can be used for beginners learning basic strength movements. It is worth noting that these bands do feel slightly weaker than the comparable latex version from Rogue.

The actual amount of tension in pounds isn’t labeled on the actual bands, and I wish it was. Instead, Fringe decided they would put “latex-free” on half the bands, which isn’t the worst move for people who are allergic to latex. However, it is hard to know how much resistance you’re actually using.

Best Non-Latex Resistance Bands: Fringe Sport Latex-Free Strength Bands

Best Resistance Bands for Beginners: Gritin Bands

Good for: Those who need low-tension resistance bands

Grintin Bands

Grintin Bands

Product Highlights

  • Affordable at under $10
  • 5 color-coded options
  • Resistance clearly marked
  • Lightweight and portable

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Budget friendly at under $15
  • Good for beginners
  • Come with small carrying bag
  • Compact and easy to store

Cons

  • Limited movement options due to them being loop resistance bands
  • Not suitable for more advanced strength training
  • Don’t feel particularly durable

Bottom Line

This resistance band set is a cheap, low-stakes option to add to your home gym.

If you’re a beginner looking to get stronger without overdoing it, I would recommend the Gritin Resistance Bands. For less than $15, you’ll get a set of five loop resistance bands varying in tension from light to xx-heavy. However, even the xx-heavy feels too light to me, but I’ve been strength training for 10 years. If you’re a beginner, this is a great way to test the waters with resistance bands that won’t be too difficult to use.

The bands themselves are nice and thin, which makes for very portable equipment. However, since they are so thin, they will not last as long as a thicker material or higher tension band might. The Gritin Bands also smell heavily of latex, so if you’re allergic or have a strong aversion to that particular scent, these are not a good option for you.

I also do wish the actual amount of tension (in pounds) was printed on the bands. The light to xx-heavy is very subjective. However, if you’re looking for loop resistance bands to get started on your fitness journey or for a portable extra to bring on a trip, these are a good option for you.

Best Resistance Bands for Beginners: Gritin Bands

Best Premium Resistance Bands: Gorilla Bow

Good for: People who want are looking for high-quality band system, and a unique way to train a variety of muscle groups through home workouts

Gorilla Bow Portable Home Gym Resistance Band System

Gorilla Bow Portable Home Gym Resistance Band System

GGR Score: 4.6 starstarstarstarstar
Community Score: 4.6 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Unique product
  • Up to 300 lbs of resistance
  • Fun workout classes
  • Check out our full Gorilla Bow Review.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Fun classes to follow
  • Unique product that has the ability to work your entire body
  • Can use up to 300 pounds of resistance

Cons

  • Not very portable
  • Might need to purchase extra bands if you’re particularly strong
  • Not the best option for a beginner

Bottom Line

A unique resistance band set that generates up to 300 lbs of resistance and comes with an extensive workout library.

The Gorilla Bow is an extremely unique take on resistance band training. With your purchase, you’ll get a free 30 days for the interactive programming that goes along with this device, the Gorilla Bow App. After the 30 days is up, a monthly membership is $14.99. You’ll get on-demand workout classes (that utilize the Gorilla Bow obviously) that fit a variety of skill levels and goals. This makes it a fun option for someone who enjoys interactive programming. 

I really like the concept of this device. However, I think people used to more intense strength training should go ahead and purchase the heavy resistance bands to use with their Gorilla Bow. The base kit comes with four resistance bands that only add up to 110 pounds when used all together. The actual bow itself can support up to 300 pounds of resistance, which is awesome.

gorilla bow best resistance bands Caroline

I would recommend this to someone who isn’t necessarily looking for a portable option, because the Gorilla Bow is pretty large. I would also not recommend this to someone who is a true beginner to strength training, because the movements require at least some knowledge of proper form. 

Check out my full Gorilla Bow review.

Best Resistance Bands for Short People: Eilison Resistance Band Kit

Good for: Folks under 5’9” looking for resistance bands they don’t have to choke up on

EILISON Resistance Band Kit

EILISON Resistance Band Kit

Product Highlights

  • 6 resistance bands varying in tension from 10-60 lbs.
  • Brightly colored nylon sleeved bands
  • Come with a traveling case for easy storage
  • Included workout page

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Options for 10-60 lbs of resistance in one kit
  • Nylon cover doesn’t give off the traditional rubber resistance band smell
  • Comes with a convenient carrying case to take them with you
  • Comes with sheet of workout ideas for the resistance bands

Cons

  • Not long enough for taller folks (5’9” or over) doing anything overhead
  • Resistance is sub-par
  • Attached metal clips are flimsy

Bottom Line

The EILISON Resistance Band Kit is a good option for beginners or people under 5'9" in height.

For all my short friends out there, the Eilison Resistance Bands will be a quick favorite. Gone will be the frustration and irritation of choking up on resistance bands that are far too long. Although these aren’t specifically designed for shorter folks, they are definitely best utilized by people shorter than 5’9”. I’m 5’9” and could not do a single overhead movement with these. 

I definitely see the appeal with these though; the nylon sleeve eliminates the terrible rubber smell you may be used to with most resistance bands. However, it comes at the price of not extending as well as a typical, fully latex resistance band might. The bright primary colors of the nylon encompassing the bands is fun and the included bands range from 10-60 pounds. Luckily, these bands are stackable if 60 lbs of resistance isn’t going to cut it for you. 

The storage bag that comes standard with this kit is a welcome addition. I feel like it makes this set portable and easy to bring along on different kinds of trips. These are also pretty affordable at under $50 for a set with six resistance bands, so even though they don’t feel the most durable, it’s less of a concern because of the price. 

Best Resistance Bands for Short People: Eilison Resistance Band Kit

Other Resistance Bands We Researched

Major Fitness Resistance Bands: In testing, we liked these bands just fine. Like many bands on this list, they are color-coded and they do their job. For less than $50, you get three bands that our tester Lindsay, says provide just the right amount of stretch. In fact, our biggest gripe with these bands isn’t the product themselves; it’s the website, which isn’t very user-friendly.

GoFit ProGym Extreme: This set comes with four bands at different levels of resistance, ankle straps, and handles. I tested this out and thought the resistance bands did not feel particularly durable. The tension offered with the four included bands was also not high enough for my liking. 

REP Fitness Tube Resistance Bands (Full Set): These resistance bands with handles are definitely lesser quality than the Rogue Monster Tube Bands. The materials and overall construction feels much cheaper, and the handles are too small to be comfortable. 

Fringe Sport OneFit Wonder Mini Bands: GGR Editor Kate Meier tried these and was less than thrilled. She said they were thin and irritatingly rolled up while trying to use them. They also aren’t marked in any way, so you have to remember which ones you’re picking up to use.

Serious Steel Heavy-Duty Resistance Bands: These bands are a solid option if you need pull-up assistance. However, they didn’t make it into our top picks because of the sheer amount of powder these things expelled while in use. I mean holy crap, they absolutely coated our clothing. 

WHATAFIT Resistance Bands Set: These bands seem like a great budget-friendly option, at less than $30 for five bands with handles, and a door anchor so you can workout anywhere. And with more than 20,000 five-star reviews on Amazon, we’re excited to see if they live up to the hype.

Fit Simplify: This brand makes different types of resistance bands, and according to Amazon reviews they’re all a great value for the price point.

Perform Better Mini-Resistance Bands: Reviewers say these mini-resistance bands are some of the most powerful bands you can find anywhere on the market today.

SPRI Resistance Bands: The SPRI bands are a great budget-friendly option, but there are many complaints of them snapping after only a few uses.

TRX Exercise Bands: A great addition to the TRX Home Suspension Trainer, but there are better bands out there.

How We Tested the Best Resistance Bands

The GGR team divided and conquered when it came to testing the most popular resistance bands on the market. We tested quite a few and rated each band based on things like durability, value, price tag, and usage. It was important to our team that we tested each over a period of time to give each a fair shake in a variety of settings and workouts.  

What to Look for in Resistance Bands

Like picking anything to add to your home gym, it can feel daunting to decide what kind of resistance band to purchase. Should you get loop bands, or the tube option with handles? How about with or without latex? Our team will break down what you should look for before deciding what to buy when in comes to resistance bands:

Price

Ah, the age old question: how much does this thing cost? If you’re just absolutely raking in the dough, you’re probably not too concerned about this because resistance bands can only be so expensive. However, if you’re on a pretty tight budget, be realistic about what you’re going to get. The $15 set of resistance bands from Amazon might be awesome for a year, but be aware that you generally pay for what you get. What I mean by that is that the cheaper the resistance band, oftentimes the thinner the material and the less durability it has.

Material

This is another thing to think about that can be either personal preference or due to an allergy. The majority of resistance bands are made with some type of latex. However, there are latex-free options for those looking to avoid latex due to an allergy or other reason. 

Resistance

Like with kettlebells or dumbbells, resistance bands have their own amount of tension (or weight) they provide. Make sure you match up your strength level with the amount of tension you choose for your bands. 

Band Styles and Their Uses

There are a variety of resistance bands to choose from, and some are best suited for a particular type of exercise. We’ll give you a rundown of the different options here:

Loop Bands

Loop bands are your typical resistance bands that form a loop that can either be small or large in circumference. The smaller kind are usually reserved for leg and shoulder workouts, while the larger ones can be used to mimic barbell and dumbbell movements like presses, squats, and more.

Tube Bands

Tube bands are made of rubber latex, like loop bands, but are hollow and have handles on either end. These are better suited for beginners, due to the handles, and allow for easier hand placement, though they’re not the best pick for stronger lifters who are looking for maximum resistance.

Tube bands are usually reserved for light physical rehab work or mobility exercises.

Pull-Up Bands

Pull-up bands are resistance bands that are specifically made to help people who are trying to learn pull-ups or add a challenge to their bodyweight training routine.

Benefits of Resistance Bands

Using resistance bands can be a great option for pretty much any home gym owner. Here are the reasons to consider picking up one (or more) of these to add to your workout routine:

Price

Resistance bands tend to be more affordable than free weights like dumbbells and kettlebells.

Safety

No piece of home gym equipment is 100 percent safe, and resistance bands have their own inherent danger. However, they’re not quite as dangerous as dropping a 50-pound dumbbell on any part of your body, and they’re a better choice for those recovering from a muscle injury compared to free weights or a heavy barbell.

Portability

It’s much easier to pack a few resistance bands in suitcase or backpack than it is any other type of weight.

Versatility

Can be used for pushing, pulling, and other movements.

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Best Resistance Bands FAQs

Can you build muscle mass with resistance bands?

Yes, you can build muscle mass with resistance bands. A 2019 scientific study concluded that training with resistance bands “provides similar strength gains when compared to resistance training performed from conventional devices,” i.e. dumbbells and kettlebells.

How do I choose a resistance band?

Check out our buying guide above to figure out the best resistance bands for you specifically. Keep in mind things like budget, materials used, and resistance offered.

Are resistance bands good to add to your home gym?

Resistance bands are an easy and budget friendly way to add some extra 
equipment to your home gym. Just like something like a jump rope, resistance bands have tons of versatility and don’t take up a lot of space.

Do resistance bands actually work?

Yes, as the word “resistance” is literally in their name. Resistance bands have been shown to provide great muscle- and strength-building benefits, and can help give you a great cardio workout if you use them the right way.

Which brand is the best for resistance bands?

It depends on what type of resistance band you’re looking for. We like Rogue for pull-up resistance bands, and Titan Fitness for people specifically looking for glute training. Fringe Sport and Bodylastics also make great resistance bands for different purposes.

Are thick or thin resistance bands better?

Thicker bands tend to generate more resistance than thinner ones, but that doesn’t necessarily make them better. A thicker band also isn’t necessarily more durable than thinner ones, as it depends on the type of latex or material that’s used in making them.

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