In the world of strength training, resistance bands tend to fly under the radar—especially when compared to heavy hitting equipment like kettlebells and barbells.
But that’s a fundamental misunderstanding about what you can do with resistance bands. They’re lightweight, versatile, and easy to stow in a gym bag or carry-on, making them an ideal choice for the guy who wants to be able to train anytime, anywhere. You can use them on their own, or add them to more standard exercises to vary up your resistance for a more diverse workout.
Check out these workouts from Men’s Health fitness Director Ebenezer Samuel, C.S.C.S., for an example of what you can accomplish with resistance bands. You can smash your shoulders without worrying about putting them in harm’s way, you can max out your pushups and planks, or you could even introduce some chaos into your workouts and pull yourself up with them.
That said, resistance bands can vary a great deal, and some work better for certain activities than others. Check out our top picks to find the one that’s right for you.