Four Tips for Setting Up Your Resistance Tubing and Other Exercise Equipment
Resistance tubing is a lightweight, versatile, low cost equipment option for exercising at home or on the go. It gives you all the benefits of more expensive free weight sets, with a few bonuses built in — including extreme portability and the ability to train in multiple planes of movement, rather than limiting yourself to the ups and downs of gravity.
Resistance tubing is a great exercise tool for a wide range of fitness levels, from beginners to serious bodybuilders to professional athletes, as well as for people performing rehabilitation exercises for recovery from illness or injury.
What Kind of Exercise Can You Do with Resistance Tubing?
Resistance tubing can be incorporated into stretching exercises, cardio exercises, and traditional strength training. The only limits to how you use them, really, are your creativity and common sense. As with any exercise, take proper precautions to use it safely and wisely, and you’ll soon see the benefits.
- Stretching exercises are enhanced with resistance tubing or bands, especially if your flexibility is a bit limited. The tubing can be used both to extend your reach for certain exercises and to help guide the stretch and hold it in place.
- Tubing can take basic cardio exercises up a notch by adding resistance to basic functional movements.
- Strength training is where resistance tubing really shines and how it is used most often. Just about any traditional weight exercise, from squats and lunges to bicep curls and shoulder presses, can be performed easily with resistance tubing.
Setting Up Your Resistance Tubing
Here are a few tips for setting up your home gym with resistance tubing:
- Resistance tubing comes in a variety of resistance levels, from very easy to stretch to very difficult. Which one you use is a matter of personal preference, but you’ll probably want to have a range of resistance options available depending on the exercises you’re performing.
- Use handles. A typical length of resistance tubing will have a handle attached at each end for an easier grip. If your tubing doesn’t already have them, you’ll want to add handles. For some exercises, you might want to “choke up” the grip to shorten the tubing for increase resistance, but you can’t beat the convenience of having a handle there when you need it.
- Use anchor straps. An anchor strap allows you to attach the resistance tubing to a wall or a door, opening up a wide array of additional exercise options. Without an anchor strap, you’re limited to exercises where you stand on the tubing, wrap it around your own body, or simply stretch it between two hands. But with tubing anchored to a wall or door, push and pull exercises like chest presses, rows, trunk rotations, and adduction and abduction of the shoulders are made easy.
- Anchor straps make it easy to attach the tubing at any height to a standard door, but sometimes our doors are located in places where exercise isn’t so easy. In that case, consider an Exercise Rail — a simple piece of hardware that can be bolted to a wall, and which provides simple slots for quick attachment of resistance tubing. Exercise Rails can be mounted high, low, and in between for all your exercise needs.
To make all this even easier, consider a simple kit to help you set up with an exercise rail. PrePak Products offers several options for home users that make it easy to store and use resistance tubing for exercise.