Resistance Band Exercises
What is resistance you ask; and how does it work for exercise?
It's weight bearing exercise without using weights.
During exercise, the development of muscle tone and strength, is caused by microscopic tears in muscle fibres.
When a fibre is torn, in the process of repairing itself, it will grow stronger. This is what is referred to as “anabolism” which means "to grow" and this is what happens with resistance exercise. And we don’t need anabolic steroids to do it!
What are the benefits of exercises?
We lose 2.25 kg of muscle every decade after age 30. The number of muscle fibres declines with age. From age 30 to age 70 we can lose more than 25% of strength fibres.. Resistance exercise can slow down or even reverse this process.
How do I do the exercise?
Pilates studio equipment is resistance equipment. The reformer, cadillac, and the wunda chair, all use systems of pulleys and springs to create resistance.
If you prefer, small inexpensive equipment such as the magic circle and Stability Ball, are fantastic. This page however, is devoted to resistance band exercises which will help provide you with an excellent fitness regime.
Shoulder Exercise 1.Start with holding the band up over your head with slight tension. Stetch the band out to the side to this position.
Shoulder Exercise 2.Start with resistance band held with loose tension in this position and stretch out to sides at chest height.
Go to our Full Exercise MENU here: PILATES EXERCISES
There are heaps of different coloured Resistance bands on the market. Colour usually designates the degree of tension.
I usually have my students to use black which is the highest tension, but if you recouperating from an injury (eg shoulder), you're best to use a lighter one. Good luck!
Check out our collection of DVDs or Download for phone or computer - you're sure to find one that is just right for you. There are 4: Core Strength Exercises, Stability Ball Exercises, Resistance Band Exercises & Stretching Exercises.