When someone firsts contacts me who has just started the program, one of the most common questions I get is, “Should I get the resistance bands?” or “Will the bands work for me?” What is my answer? Yes. Why?
One of the things I like most about resistance bands is their portability. If you are in a profession where you travel often, it’s near impossible to carry around all those heavy dumbbells, making the resistance bands an excellent alternative. They fit easily into your suitcase and you don’t have to sacrifice some of your workouts just because you go on a trip. There are many people that I coach who are pilots, and without the resistance bands they wouldn’t be able to get in the proper P90X workout. There is a kit that allows you to attach the bands to a door so you can get in a better workout, especially with the back exercises. In the P90X DVD’s, Tony shows how to replace pull-ups with bands exercises.
Also, dumbbells usually are very, very expensive, and you can purchase the entire resistance bands set for a fraction of the price of an entire set of free weights. If you don’t have access to a set of weights at home, I encourage you to look into the bands. They come in all sorts of different resistances, ranging from 5 lbs up to 50 lbs, allowing both men and women to get in a great workout.
So can you get in an excellent workout with resistance bands? Of course!