If you’re trying to gain muscle, your first instinct may be to head to the gym and hit the weight rack. But we’re here to tell you that’s not the only way. If you’re short on gear—or even if you just want to shake things up—all you need to get your muscles growing is to start utilizing resistance bands in your training. Really.
“We can take exercises that you’re already doing right now, utilize bands and improve the ability of that exercise to stimulate muscle growth because we’re introducing new stress at different points in the range of motion as we manipulate the strength curves,” strength coach and Athlean-X founder Jeff Cavaliere C.S.C.S, shared in a recent YouTube video where he demoed his 11 favorite resistance band moves to build bigger legs. (He’s also shared his favorite resistance band moves to build bigger biceps, back muscles, shoulders and chest.)
Introducing that added challenge can do wonders for your strength training. And if you needed more proof that resistance bands can really transform your body, this guy lost 119 pounds in nine months doing banded workouts. Former UFC fighter Bobby Maximus utilizes them during his upper body workouts. And NFL tight end Rob Gronkowski uses them in his workouts… and the dude is huge. (Here are 55 resistance band moves you can do at home.)
Of course, there are tons of different types of resistance bands out there, from closed loop bands, thick latex bands, bands with handles, and ones that use anchors to attach to your door. Depending on the thickness, they also provide different levels of resistance, meaning that not every band workout is for light weights.
Looking to purchase some new resistance bands to add into your workout? Here are our top 33 picks.
Fit Simplify Resistance Loop Exercise Bands
These bands offer light resistance for upper- and lower-body moves, and are ideal for rehabbing muscles and increasing range of motion.
SmarterLife Products Exercise Bands
This resistance set can be used to help with all different types of workouts, whether you’re lifting weights or doing yoga. These bands are also easy to travel with, making your workouts more mobile than you might think.
TRX Strength Bands
You might recognize the TRX name from the suspension trainer you use at the gym, but the brand makes more than just straps. These high-quality bands come in multiple sizes, so you can pick the right level of resistance for your workouts.
Gymreapers Resistance Bands
These Gymreapers resistance bands are made of lightweight, durable latex and are easily portable. The bands range from resistance levels of 15 to 175 pounds, so you have plenty of options to choose.
Agogie +40 Resistance Pants
You might miss the point of these pants at first glance—but there’s more than meets the eye. Bands are sewn into the compression fabric to give you an increased level of resistance to get more out of whatever you’re doing, from walking to running to the workout of your choice.
Rogue Monster Bands
While these closed-loop bands are a little on the pricey side, they’re highly durable and versatile. Plus, you can get them in up to eight different resistance levels—from 15 to 200 pounds—making them one of the heaviest band options on the market.
This rig gives you more than just the bands. You also have a tool that can help to create 110 pounds of resistance (just to start, you can get more bands) that you can use to perform exercises that target just about every single muscle group.
Perform Better Exercise Mini XL Band
According to the manufacturer, these small, closed-loop bands are ideal for warming up your core, hips and shoulders. Buy the set of four to get light, medium, heavy and extra heavy resistance.
SPRI Braided Xertube
These resistance bands feature four tubes braided together to create a durable workout tool that will outlast your toughest sessions. The only downside: You have to buy the different resistance levels separately.
Sling Shot Mark Bell Hip Circle
Designed to help with your muscles in your hips and legs, this resistance loop is made out of specialized fabric for a more comfortable experience than your standard band. Plus, it comes in three colors so you can do the workout with your own personal style.
RIMSports Elite Hip Sling Resistance Bands
This circle hip band helps you nail proper squat form while targeting your glutes and abductors. And unlike other resistance bands, this one is made of a soft, sweat-proof material that won’t slip while do your squats, deadlifts and lunges.
WODFitters Resistance Band Set
This five piece set from WODFitters can be used for everything from stretching to pull up assistance to resistance for heavy loaded exercises like bench press and squats. The bands range from 10 pounds to 175 pounds of resistance, so everyone can find one that works for them.
Draper’s Strength Heavy Duty Stretch Bands
With a variety of color options for you to choose from, this resistance band will last you a long time, through whatever workout or conditioning you might need from your fitness routine.
Limm Resistance Bands Exercise Loops
These bands come with its own e-manual and online community for you to hold yourself accountable. Plus, who wouldn’t want their own cheerleading squad while working out?
WODFitters Resistance Bands Set
With a free bag to keep them in and a free guide, these bands will be able to give you the workout you are looking for with whatever type of resistance that works for your personal needs.
Draper’s Strength Pull Up Assist and Powerlifting Stretch Bands
Having a whole set gives you the availability to choose your level of resistance. These bands will help you perform your intended workout for that particular day, whether it be strength training or pilates.
BodyBoss 2.0 System
The BodyBoss 2.0 System is like a resistance training gym in a bag. The bands attach to a base platform that can withstand up to 500 pounds of force, while the individual bands can provide the equivalent of 80 pounds of resistance. Strap on handles or use the collapsible workout bar to get in a great resistance workout.
wsakoue Pull Up Bands and Resistance Bands
These latex pullup assistance bands can double as resistance bands. The set includes 4 different tension bands, ranging between 15 to 125 pounds of assistance. Use them to improve your pullup performance and form, or use them for other resistance training and physical therapy.
Whatafit Resistance Bands Set
This set includes 5 latex resistance bands that can be combined in use together, for up to 150 pounds of resistance. It also includes one door anchor and two cushioned handles to customize your resistance workout.
TAIMASI Resistance Band Set
This set includes a whopping 23 pieces, including: 5 stackable tube bands, 5 latex resistance loop bands, a figure 8 resistance band, jump rope, adjustable-tension grip strength trainer, hand grip strengthener ring, an instant cooling towel, a headband, 2 cushioned soft-grip handles, 1 door anchor, and 2 ankle straps. And it also comes with an exercise guide and waterproof carrying bag.
Te-Rich Fabric Resistance Loop Exercise Bands
These Te-Rich resistance bands are made of durable cotton and latex fabric, so they won’t “roll up”or “snap” during exercise. It comes with 3 different levels of resistance to mix up your strength training and a carrying pouch for easy transport.
TheraBand Resistance Bands Set
This latex-free resistance band set comes with 3 resistance bands that are 5 feet long. This lighter set is perfect for rehabilitation, or for starting work on weaker muscle groups.
SPRI Xertube Resistance Bands
This rubber resistance band includes attached handles with grommet reinforcements for durability and sustainability with each use. And the rubber tubes feature Tuff Sleeve technology for greater resistance to abrasion and tears. The band also comes in 5 different resistance levels.
TheraBand High Resistance Bands
If you’re looking to rehab an injury with resistance abounds, these are the ones for you. The two rubber latex bands come in 25 & 35-pound resistance increments, and were designed to improve flexibility and help you recover and rehab injuries.
ROSAPOAR Resistance Band Loop
If you’re looking for a light, single resistance band loop to improve your mobility, we highly recommend this one. This orange latex band has a resistance between 8-15 pounds. But if you’re looking for more resistance, ROSAPOAR also offers single bands in heavier increments (all the way up to 125 pounds.
HPYGN Resistance Bands Set
This resistance band set from HPYGN has everything. It includes 5 resistance bands in 10-pounds increments (10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 pounds) for a maximum resistance of 150 pounds. Plus, it also comes with 5 latex resistance bands, 2 hand grips, 2 ankle straps, 1 door anchor, a carry bag.
Iron Infidel Resistance Bands Set
This set of 5 resistance bands can handle a range from 20-150 pounds of resistance. Plus, a portion of all profits are donated to wounded veterans through the Wounded Warrior Foundation, as well as the children of fallen police officer’s through the First Responders Children’s Foundation.
WeluvFit Long Resistance Bands
The most unique thing about these resistance bands is the polyester material. You can skip the rubber or latex bands and use these extra long bands that can handle between 5-65 pounds.
Retrospec Train Resistance Bands Set
Take your resistance training another level by using the handles, ankle straps, or door anchor that you can attach to these tubed latex bands (which range from 10-50 pounds of resistance).
Nike Resistance Band (Heavy)
This single resistance band from Nike has a double handle so you can choose which grip is best for you. This heavy band can also withstand 40 pounds of resistance, and can stretch to 4 times its length.
Jaquish Biomedical X3 Bar Elite
You get way more than just resistance bands with this set–it’s like a total gym system. It comes with a heavy-duty alloy steel X3 ground plate, bar and 4 resistance bands that can withstand a massive 600 pounds of force.
Gymshark 23kg to 54kg Resistance Band
If you’re a fan of Gymshark’s gym apparel, you’ll probably love their resistance bands. This one is one of the brand’s sturdiest bands, that can withstand up to 119 pounds.
Undersun Fitness Resistance Loop Exercise Bands
Undersun’s extra-strong, 2-ply resistance band set comes with 5 bands and a durable door anchor. Plus, a portion of the proceeds from all Elite Band sales goes to support children of fallen heroes through Active Valor, a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation that was created by a former NAVY SEAL.
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