Resistance products help improve muscle strength and flexibility. This type of training is often used by everyone from beginners to advanced athletes.
What is Resistance Exercise?
You can think of resistance training or exercise as the movement of push and pull. Whether using your body, a band, weights or a machine, it is all based on the same premise. You often see the phrases resistance training and strength training used interchangeably. These two are generally the same, but you don’t have to worry about building big, bulky muscles. In addition to working muscles, this type of movement can also reduce pain and it’s ideal for children, young and old.
Different Types of Resistance Training
You may think you have to invest in a resistance machine, like the Bowflex, or a set of barbells, but that’s not the case. Your body weight can be used as a natural resistance. Bands are the next logical step. Then you can move on to machines and free weights. Some of the easiest, and often most effective for the beginner, natural resistance exercises include:
- Arm raises
- Wall squats
- Tricep pushdowns
- Air squats
- Calf raises
Workout DVDs and Resistance Training
Resistance products are not limited to home gyms like the Weider X Factor Door Gym or TRX training products. You can also workout with some of the most popular workout programs, including Beachbody programs, like P90X3 and Les Mills Pump, with resistance bands. Resistance bands range from lightweight for beginners to extreme for advanced users. You may be surprised by just how intense a workout with resistance bands can be. It is important to note that resistance bands are not as effective as machines and free weights in helping people with type 2 diabetes.
Our reviews on resistance products don’t stop with bands and machines. We’ve also reviewed resistance bikes like the Schwinn Airdyne Upright and rowers like the Waterrower – both providing increased workout intensity with resistance technology.