Recovery Lab: Integrating Resistance Bands Before Practice

FC Dallas Head Athletic Trainer Skylar Richards will walk you through different workouts in The Recovery Lab. In this case he will use the squat motion with resistance bands, an exercise used to integrate more movement before practice. What this does is integrate a large number of muscles as it is a very basic and primary movement for the body. Putting a resistance band around the players knees and doing a full range of motion squats will activate more muscles than just a regular squat. 

Reasons why you should use resistance bands: 

1. Adds Variety

Your muscles quickly adapt to movements you do often, which is why adding variety to your workouts is key for challenging your muscles. Resistance bands can be alternated with free weights and exercise machines for ongoing variety. 

2. Easy to Use 

It's not a good idea to lift heavy weights without an exercise buddy, but resistance bands can be safely used on your own. They're ideal for exercising any time, before practice, at home or on the road.

3. Can Be Combined with Other Equipment

Resistance bands are so versatile that you can even use them along with weights, allowing you to get the benefits of two types of exercises at once.

4. Effective Workout

Resistance bands are incredibly simple, but they're also extremely effective at working various muscles. Additionally, resistance-band training can help you boost stamina, range of motion, flexibility and more.

5. Adaptable to a Variety of Fitness Levels

Whether you're a beginner or an expert, resistance bands are for you because they come in a variety of resistance. You can find light, medium and heavy, and you can further adjust the intensity of your resistance-band workouts by giving the band more or less slack. You can even use multiple bands at once to increase the challenge.

6. Used with Familiar Exercises

You can often use familiar strength training moves with resistance bands, which means you don't need to learn a complicated new routine. For instance, in this case the squat exrcise was used with resistance bands. You can also use resistance bands for your biceps curls, or to increase the intensity of your push-ups.

7. Whole-Body Exercises

Resistance bands can be used for a comprehensive, full-body workout that challenges virtually every major muscle group in your body.

8.  Easy to Store

Resistance bands take up virtually no space to store them, which means you can use them at home even if you have very little extra space. When your workout is done, simply stash them in a drawer until your next session.

9. Excellent for Traveling

Resistance bands are lightweight and easily portable. You can stash them in your suitcase when travelling and use them to get a good workout anywhere.

10. Incredibly Cost-Effective

Resistance bands are inexpensive and can be purchased for under $10 so why not increase the intensity of your workouts?