A lot of thought has to go into choosing the right rubber resistance band. Here's our advice for you.

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Using rubber resistance bands or elastibands when you're working out is a great way of engaging your muscles through gradual resistance. There's no risk of hurting yourself or damaging your joints.

There are Pilates bands, toning bands, toning tubes, mini bands and fabric mini bands to choose from. And to make the right choice, there are two things you need to keep in mind: your choice of workout and your level.

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Your choice of rubber resistance band will depend on what you're going to use it for.

New to muscle strengthening? Then go for a mini band. Available in packs of three, ranging from flexible to stiff, they enable you to make movements ranging from gentle to more intense and to work out at three different levels of difficulty. They are ideal for toning your lower body gradually, and they're very user friendly too: compact, easy to carry around and cheap.You won't be able to resist them. You can use them anywhere: in the gym, at home or on your travels.

Looking to work your muscles and tone up your whole body? Then you need toning bands with handles.Versatile and very effective, they can be used in lots of different situations: advanced muscle strengthening exercises, injury rehabilitation, stretching, relaxation, Pilates sequences and a lot more besides. Toning bands provide a synchronised, symmetrical workout for arms and legs. The result: you'll tone up your whole body at the same time.

They're also soft to the touch and very pleasant to use.

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rubber resistance band with handles

Want to give your back a special workout? Then rubber resistance tubes with handles are what you need. The handles make them comfortable and easy to use. The plastic sleeve around the bands means you can put your feet on them and adjust the resistance to suit your needs. We recommend these bands for working on your upper body in particular: upper back, arms, shoulders, etc.

Do you do Pilates? Then Pilates bands are made for you.

Their size allows you to improve your technique at your own pace.

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fitness resistance band

Looking to increase your suppleness when working on mobility and flexibility? Then you need a fitness resistance band: it stretches your muscles and ensures proper recovery from your sessions,protecting you from injuries.


Your choice of rubber resistance band also depends on how toned you are. They offer three types of resistance:

- Light resistance: for both beginners and more experienced athletes and ideal for working the upper body or doing Pilates exercises (link to article offering advice on Pilates).

- Medium resistance: for seasoned gym goers and exercises focusing on the lower body

- Heavy resistance: for experts in muscle strengthening. Rubber resistance bands are used in exercises that work the lower body, such as squats.

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Now you've got a clearer idea of what resistance bands are out there, you can get down to the business of building your muscles up.  


Advice from Renaud, Pilates expert

We asked our Pilates specialist Renaud to give you some tips on how to use rubber resistance bands.

"They're very versatile and you can use them for lots of different exercises. Light and not very bulky, they can fit easily into your briefcase, sports bag or suitcase, which means you can tone up and stretch whenever and wherever you want."