Which are the best resistance bands to buy?
At a glance
Many people are beginning to see the benefits of using resistance bands in their workouts, but picking the right band can be confusing. Today we're going to explain the difference between various bands out there and recommend the best resistance band for your workout.
Firstly it is important to understand the two key types of workout that resistance bands provide, that way you can pick the right band to achieve your own goals.
Resistance vs Assistance
Resistance Workouts - This is where the band acts as a weight in order to make the exercise harder. Wide rows by The Live Fit Girl is an example of this type.
Assisted Workouts - This is where the band acts as an aid in order to make the exercise easier. Assisted Planches by Calisthenicmovement is an example of this type.
Resistance workouts are the most common types, as many people use resistance bands as a replacement to weights so they can workout at home or on the move. Assisted workouts (although less common) are great to help you complete harder exercises and techniques which you've been struggling with. Check out one of our other posts 10 Calisthenics Exercises with Resistance Bands to see examples of resistance bands being used as an assistance.
What types of resistance band works best for me?
Typically you'll find most resistance bands are either flat bands which form a continuous loop or are tubular bands which have handles or other attachment types at each end. Although both can technically be used for resistance and assistance workouts, the flat looping bands are best suited to assistance workouts, and the tubular bands are best suited to resistance workouts.
Now that you know which type of band is best for your workout, have a look at some of the most popular resistance bands below to find the best resistance bands set for you.
Best Tubular Resistance Bands
Black Mountain Products Resistance Bands
Black Mountain resistance bands are highly rated due to their versatility. The kit includes a range of pieces allowing you to use the bands with handles, with an ankle strap, or even anchored to a door, allowing you to mix and match the 5 bands as you choose. They also include a lifetime warranty, and as an added bonus you even get a branded bag to keep them in!
Due to how streamline these are you can even stack them together to benefit from the combined resistance of multiple bands. If you're looking for quality tubular bands then these are the right choice for you.
Protone Resistance Bands
Similar to Black Mountain resistance bands, the Protone resistance bands come as a kit of 5 bands with handles, ankle straps, and a door anchor, but the set of 5 bands offer lighter resistance compared to the equivalent Black Mountain band set, and they don't appear to live up to the same quality.
When it comes to Protone the advantage is certainly the price. At only £15.99 these bands are a steal for first-time buyers and those who are intrigued to find out what all the resistance band hype is about. Beware though that the cost will match the quality, and with lighter resistances, these bands may prove to not hold up expectations, especially to those of you really putting them to the test and using them for higher resistances.
Best Flat Loop Resistance Bands
Rubberbanditz Crossfit / Calisthenics Bands
The Rubberbanditz resistance bands are my personal favourites and the ones I use in my regular workouts, specifically the Light and Robust versions within the 10 Calisthenics Exercises with Resistance Bands post.
The bands are excellent quality and Rubberbanditz offer the largest variety, with a total of 9 different bands available on their US website. Speaking of which the website is also one of the better ones out there for resistance band suppliers, with some great videos, photos and tutorials to help you get going.
Their Amazon UK band bundle is also a great starter choice for those unsure of which band to go for, offering the Heavy, Robust and Power band varieties.
The quality, of course, comes with a price tag, so if you're looking for something a bit cheaper then check out the Valkyrie bands below.
Valkyrie Calisthenics Resistance Bands
These bands aren't as great in quality in my opinion compared to the Rubberbanditz bands (and I've read of the occasional band snapping), but for those on a budget, they may be a better pick.
In comparison to the set of 3 bands offered by Rubberbanditz on Amazon at £74.99, the 3 most similar bands by Valkyrie will only set you back around £35, which is a much more attractive purchase to those who are buying their first resistance band set.
One thing to note - Valkyrie resistance bands are sold in singles yet the most common complaint is from buyers who picked the wrong band size for their desired exercise. I strongly recommend getting two or three bands in a variety of resistances, as you will find different exercises require different bands.
If you need any help deciding which resistance bands you need based on the different sizes and resistances available, then check out this post - Buyers Guide: What size Resistance Bands do I need?