8 Reasons People Love Bands Versus the Gym

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Building a Home Band Gym allows you to train for fitness and performance Anytime, Anywhere while eliminating the hassles and health concerns that come with having to rely on a local gym.

Less than 50% of the individuals that pay for a gym membership actually use it. In many cases this is because people get bored with the same old environment and routine. Or they get tried of all the hassles that come with going to the gym. Things like crowds, not being able to get on equipment when you want, having to clean up after someone and social interruptions.

That is why so many people these days enjoy having a home band gym versus relying on a gym to provide them with a workout solution. Today’s article touches on 8 reasons people like having bands versus the gym.

8 Reasons You Will Prefer Bands Versus the Gym

1. You Can Simulate any Exercise

I get that being able to workout on cool equipment is fun, but the fact is the newness wears off quickly while the monthly membership fee remains. Plus, what often happens is people fall in love with a specific machine or routine and it leads to overuse issues and injuries. This eliminates the #1 reason they go to the gym which eventually leads to not going.

Resistance bands allow you to simulate any machine or free weight exercise anywhere. More importantly, they allow you to modify the movement quickly to eliminate always following the same exercise path. This ultimately leads to injury. As a result, you don’t keep beating up your joints by repeatedly forcing them to go through the same movements over and over.

2. Trains all aspects of fitness

With all of the cheap 24-7 gyms these days, paying a few bucks every month may not be a big deal. However, in most cases these 24 hour gyms are very limited in what they offer—not to mention making sure equipment remains operational and clean.

Resistance bands can train all aspects of fitness and they are easy to keep clean. This means, regardless of what your goals are for working out, bands will easily accommodate your needs. Cardio, flexibility, circuit training, core strength, strength training, speed training, power or basic muscle toning are all common exercise goals that resistance bands can easily accommodate in the privacy of your home without beating up your joints.

3. No gym hassles

Imagine never having to wait for equipment, changing up your workout because all the machines are full or having to train on equipment that someone else just finished sweating all over.

These are just a few of the things that make local gyms a workout hassle and limit your ability to get in great time-efficient workouts. Having your own home band gym eliminates ever having to worry about any of these public gym hassles. It’s not surprising that with the right training resources, band training accessories and high quality resistance bands, a home band gym is quickly becoming a far more popular workout solution.

4. No monthly membership

Most gyms rely on people buying a membership and never using it. If you are one of those individuals that just can’t get to the gym but pays for a monthly membership just in case you can, think about this…how many bands and band training accessories could you buy for the price of a one month public gym membership?

The answer is a lot.

Frankly, after 2 months of paying for a gym membership, you could have all the bands and accessories you need to setup a complete home band gym that allows you to workout anytime for years. Your biggest issue you will have once you get your home band gym setup is what will you do with all the extra money you’re saving.

5. Train anywhere you want

For many, getting to the gym is difficult due to work, family or unexpected schedule changes. As a result, having to travel to the gym becomes an easy excuse to not get your workout in.

Also, think about the amount of time wasted having to actually get in your car – travel to the gym – change clothes – get set up in the gym and figure out what is available to use. All that time could be better used to work on flexibility or burn additional calories performing 10 to 15 more minutes of a fat burning, band circuit training.

The fact is, being able to just come home and workout eliminates all the wasted time and effort that comes with driving to the gym. Not to mention a convenient excuse.

6. Bands travel with you

When you travel, being able to have everything you need for a workout ensures that you never miss a workout. Very few hotel gyms provide you with any type of usable equipment that you can rely on to get in a workout much less the type of workout you want to do.

Fortunately your home band gym can easily travel with you making it very easy to have everything you need to stay on pace with your workout routine.

7. Family affair

The best way to ensure your children get introduced to exercise is by exposing them to it at a young age. Having a home band gym allows them to watch you set the example. With resistance bands being adaptable to any age group, from middle school to senior citizens, you have a tool they can train with when they are interested in trying.

8. Unlimited workout options

There is no other piece of exercise equipment that allows you to strength train the body by pushing, pulling, running, jumping, pressing, squatting or lunging. A band’s pliable quality allows you to quickly change a simple row into a rotational row or a simple split squat into a step lunge without having to change anything except the movement pattern.

Example of Band Pulling Variations

Example of Band Pushing Variations


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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).

6 Responses to "8 Reasons People Love Bands Versus the Gym"
  1. Dragon (Steven Watson) says:

    Man, I can’t tell you how working out with the bands make me feel. I am extremely over weight and was totally humiliated by the comments and look of contempt that I received from those jocks who thought they were better than me. I could never find anyone willing to spot for me. Needless to say that membership didn’t last long. I decided to look for weight systems online when I came across the rubberband man. Not only were they less expensive, but I could do far more positions than free weights allowed. They are truly a life saver! I thank God that I came across these bands of freedom.

  2. Dave Schmitz says:

    Steve, thank you for sharing. Awesome stuff that makes what we doing worth it everyday.

  3. Brett says:


    Thank you for providing and sharing such a valuable resource and wealth of information pertaining to training and more specifically Resistance Band Training.

    I continue to enjoy and appreciate your weekly emails explaining different components and facets of RBT.

    Keep up the great work and again, THANK YOU!

    Brett Chepenik

  4. Warren says:

    Before I get in to my comment, I want to thank Steve for his post. I started training with “round” bands a number of years ago, when I found myself on the road. I always trained at home, if I trained at all. Mostly, I jogged. As much as I tried, I never “took” to weights. I have a small barbell/dumbbell weight set but when I tried to train with them I’d get too fatigued after a couple of months. Also, I just didn’t enjoy them. When I got older, I couldn’t even do a number of basic lifts without pain. When I discovered you, Dave, and tried flat rubber bands, along with your workout programs, I finally learned what training is supposed to be like. And, I like it. Thanks, so much. I am a healthy 70 year old non-athlete who’s just trying to stay in shape for life.

  5. Alan says:

    How about a demo on doing power cleans or something similar using movements working muscles used in cleans. This is one type of exercise I do with free weights, but have a hard time using bands to do similar work. I do high pulls and one I saw you do on a demo— step on one end of band, bring opposite side of band to chest then explode overhead like a modified snatch

  6. RBT-Site-Admin says:

    Hey Alan, I don’t have a demo with power cleans but this blog posts have several similar type exercises that can be combined with bands. Deadlifts and jerk variations will be of interest to you. https://resistancebandtraining.com/18-ways-to-use-bands-with-weights/

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