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    Default Resistance bands help

    can they help build muscle just like a free weight can? i just purchased one set of resistance band and bought an extra heavy duty band for added resistance

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    Resistance is resistance, but... To say they are comparable to lifting weights, I'd tend to disagree.

    I'm not going to go into a lot of detail on this, but the simplest answer is no. Not to say that they cannot be of assistance to your training, but I would not attempt to make them the core of your exercises. Fact is you need free-weights.

    A couple uses for them:
    Assisted pull ups
    Rows
    Face-Pulls
    Flies
    Reverse Flies
    etc...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jacopastorius View Post
    can they help build muscle just like a free weight can? i just purchased one set of resistance band and bought an extra heavy duty band for added resistance
    Resistance bands are only so good. There is also a point within each movement wherein the band loses it's elasticity and to a degree and the result is that there is no load on the band; I read about this on the internet. It means that you can be doing an exercise but at some point within that exercise there will be NO load whatsoever from the resistance band because it has gone beyond the point of tension (or something of that nature); they also alter their tension throughout the range of an exercise due to the expansion and contraction that is going on all the time throughout the range of the movement involved.

    As I said, they're only so good, but they will work to some degree.
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    ok....thanks for the insights....

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    They are color coded from not fit to extremely fit. i suggest like 2 or 3 different color ones if you keep using them. they don't work as well as free weight but they work well if you learn the proper way of using them. i like doing chest flies with them easier than dumbbells and don't hurt my wrists as much.

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    One interesting use for them is when you're doing bench. Attach the band to both wrists so that there is a slight resistance to your arms when they are in your bench press position. The idea is NOT to put a ton of stress on your rear delts or tris, but just a bit. Seemed to allow me to have more control on the weight and work more muscles in an already compound exercise.
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