Monday, May 3, 2021

Resistance Bands vs. Free Weights - See What Ken at Tonicity Fit Has to Say

What is the difference between resistance bands and free weights? You have likely used both, but may not be sure when to choose one over the other.

When you use resistance bands, the tension of force increases when the band is being stretched. So, with a primarily concentric movement, resistance increases. However, the resistance decreases with eccentric movements, which is when you move back. This means that there is an inconsistent tension of force within the movement using a band. This can force more muscles to activate and work harder. 

With free weights, there is a consistent eccentric and concentric force which is created gravity. This means that both eccentric and concentric movements have the same work load while performing the movement. This does not necessarily mean that weights are better than resistance bands. Resistance bands play a huge part in dealing with resistance training, corrective exercise, and the rehabilitation of injuries. Both of these type of resistant equipment are extremely important and should be used often to help you reach your goals! 

About Ken England:  

Ken England is a certified personal trainer at Tonicity Fit Personal Training Studio in West Chester. He has 19 years of experience in the fitness industry. He holds several certifications in the field- NASM Certified Personal Trainer, NESTA Biomechanics Movement Specialist, and NESTA MMA Strength and Conditioning Coach. He has a Master’s Degree in Sports and Health Sciences. He also continues to stay current in the industry by taking courses through the Brookbush Institute and is currently working towards his Human Movement Specialist Certification.

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