6 Reasons RBT Makes You More Athletic

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Achieve Athletic Fit Longevity

Don’t workout to just stay in shape and get strong. Implement RBT into your workouts to achieve athletic fit longevity.

One of the biggest struggles people have as they age is not being able to move like they use to. By that I mean not having the range of motion, coordination, balance and mobility to perform actions they easily use to. For many active aging men and women this can be frustrating. Working out to just stay in shape is simply not enough for them.    

Many of these people, me included, want to workout to stay athletic both through appearance but far more in regards to how we move. Interestingly maintaining a high level of strength is usually not the driving force behind their athletic workout efforts.

I am seeing something similar these days with professional athletes. Training programs are not designed to increase strength, explosiveness or power. Instead the veteran professional athlete is focused more on sustaining good mobility, agility, coordination and balance. 

As a result, they are not spending hours in the weight room lifting heavy weights. Instead they are implementing tools like bands that keep muscles and tendons strong enough but do not beat up their body. Plus, they are noticing a better transfer of their training onto the field.

Why RBT Transfers Better Onto the Athletic Field

Reason #1

RBT allows you to provide resistance while performing natural athletic or daily movements. Therefore, the body is being trained the exact way it is designed to move. This in turn allows the nervous system to send signals to the muscles that are very recognizable. This creates a faster muscle response. Traditional use of free weights can’t do this because they can only train in a single vertical plane.

Reason #2

RBT’s non-gravity dependent resistance allows athletes to create force from any angle and through any plane of movement. Weights can only impact a vertical gravity dependent plane which is only 1 out of a hundred ways the body can move. Training in only one plane over and over again, results in both lost of mobility but also muscle coordination which leaves individuals feeling stiff and slow.

Reason #3

RBT applies an ascending variable resistance that increases the further into the range of motion a movement is performed. This progressive variable resistance combined with the ability to change speeds, teaches and trains individuals how to accelerate movement against a force. This is exactly what is needed in athletics.

Free weights are constant resistance that do not change speeds and therefore do not allow for acceleration of movement. Over time only lifting weights decreases movement speed and quickness.

Reason #4

RBT’s ascending resistance also accelerates deceleration which means individuals learn how to stop faster against resistance. Knowing 95% of injuries happen as a result of poor deceleration control, training with RBT provides individuals with the ability to keep deceleration or stopping responses fast. This correlates into better balance and agility throughout the day.

Reason #5

RBT’s ascending resistance strengthens muscles to stabilize when knees, ankles, shoulders, elbows and wrists are furthest away from the body’s center of gravity. Being able to teach muscles to do this has a dramatic impact on injury prevention since most injuries to these peripheral joints happen when the joint is furthest away from the body’s center of gravity or core.   

It is a fact that as the body ages, rotator cuffs, ACLs, Tommy John’s and ankle sprains are more likely and therefore, stabilization must play a greater role in exercise programs. RBT is the best way to bring that stabilization component into every workout.

Reason #6

Lastly, staying fit, especially athletically fit, requires consistent training doing a variety of different exercises to meet the demands of active lifestyles. Fortunately, bands create unlimited exercise options and go where ever you want them to go. As a result, you can consistently get in great athletic based workouts regardless of location.


To train athletically requires training outside the traditional model of free weights and machines. It requires being able to train in multiple planes, using variable resistance while performing movements that mimic on the field or court actions. RBT allows you to do all this regardless of if you are a professional athlete or active aging adult that wants to stay athletic.

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Meet Dave

Dave Schmitz, PT, CSCS, PES has been writing, teaching and training how to implement resistance band training for rehabilitation, general conditioning, and performance since 1996. He is the founder & co-owner of Resistance Band Training— the leading band provider worldwide.

Along with being a co-author of the Amazon best seller, Total Body Breakthroughs, Dave is also the author and producer of numerous fitness & nutrition articles, E-books, DVDs. His passion is focused on trainers, clients, and athletes improve their body’s ability to handle momentum, gravity and ground reaction forces using elastic resistance. Dave also consults online with several high schools, universities, private performance training business and is also on the board of experts for the International Youth and Conditioning Association (IYCA).

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