Resistance bands are a great addition to add to any strength training program or to use when you workout at home. Due to the different styles available and range of resistance levels, you can use resistance bands for any fitness level and a good range of fitness workouts. Today, we want to go through the best resistance bands on the market so that you can make a wise decision when deciding what resistance band is best for you.
1. Rogue Monster Bands
Start the list with the most trusted brand on the market, Rogue. These continuous loop bands are made out of a durable natural latex rubber sitting at 41" in length, pre-stretch. Right of the bat, these things look very professional and aesthetically pleasing. The bands come in 8 different resistance levels ranging from 15lb. to 200lb. These are for serious lifters.
In addition to your general band warm-ups or workouts, these are advertised as able to be used for bands on movements like bench press and deadlifts in a strength training program. Plus, Rogue offers many different packages if you are wanting to buy a range of bands.
- Very Durable
- Aesthetically Pleasing
- Wide Range of Pounds of Resistance with Extra Heavy Options
- Packages Offered
- Can Use with Barbell Movements
- While Reasonably Priced, You Can Still Find Cheaper Options
Rogue offers some of the highest-quality bands on the market. However, they do come with a price. Regardless, you don't get much better.
2. Victorem Hip & Booty Resistance Bands
As you can guess by the name, these bands are marketed towards women who are looking to tone their "booty". These continuous loop bands are sold in packages of 3. However, the 3 sizes only range from 32.4lbs to 33lbs which is only a difference of .6 lbs in resistance level.
Further, it seems that they use length to alter the resistance rather than thickness as the bands differ in length yet look to have the same thickness. After searching, these bands are also made out of cotton and latex rather than rubber.
It seems that these bands' only function is to be used around the legs and hips. Still, they have an average of 4.5 stars from 2,600 votes on Amazon so if that's what you want, these may be the ones for you.
- Cotton material for comparability
- Look great
- Perfect for lower body and "booty" workouts
- Limited resistance
The hip and booty bands from Victorem look like great bands for the ladies and have the reviews to back them up.
3. TRX Strength Bands
The Strength Bands are continuous loop bands are designed to be used for full-body workouts or for a dynamic warm-up. While not mentioned, they appear to be made from rubber.
The TRX bands come in 5 different resistance levels or as an entire set. However, the amount of resistance is not given.
Being that TRX is known for its quality, I think these will be perfect for your general needs when training with resistance bands. However, you should look somewhere else if looking for bands to add to barbell movements.
- Economically priced
- Trusted Brand
- Perfect for General Use
- Resistance Pounds Not Listed
- Not Advertised to be Used with Barbell Movements
TRX bands come from one of the most trusted brands in fitness and that says a lot. You won't be disappointed with these bands.
4. Odoland Resistance Bands Workout Kit
This Resistance Band Workout Kit looks like the ultimate package that offers an economically friendly price.
First, this set comes with 5 different continuous loop bands made from rubber. These bands can be used to provide resistance from 5lbs all the way to 125lbs. But that's just the beginning. This also comes with two handle attachments. These handles can perform better when pulling and pushing when compared to only using a band.
Next, it provides a door anchor so that you can easily secure the bands when doing movements like rows and presses. It also comes with an e-book to provide beginners with guidance and instruction.
Lastly, it provides a nice little gym bag to carry everything. This set includes everything and has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon.
- Very Economical Price
- Wide Range of Pounds of Resistance
- Set Includes A Lot
- Perfect for All Fitness Levels
- Smaller Brand (But Still has 4.5 Star Rating)
These bands from Odoland are a great option for someone just starting to use resistance bands.
5. Black Mountain Products Resistance Band Set
This is another set that includes a carrying bag so that you don't lose anything. First, these bands are very different from other bands on the list. Rather than using continuous loop bands, this set includes 5 single-pieces of tubing which vary in resistance (2lbs-30lbs).
You can then attach these to handles and door anchors to do your exercises. You can either attach one band or stack them to increase the resistance. All the bands together provide 75 pounds of resistance. This set stands out as it also provides ankle straps. From personal use, I have found this style of resistance bands to be very frustrating when stacking bands.
Also, due to the different resistance levels, the stretching is not even when multiple bands are used. Further, multiple reviewers state that the package clearly says not to use it for more than 90 days. At least one reviewer required medical attention due to the band breaking. However, these bands have received a 4.5-star rating from over 10,000 reviewers on Amazon.
- Very Low Price
- Has Handles and Ankle Straps
- Full Kit
- Questionable Life and Durability of the Band
- Stacking Bands can Be Frustrating
These are tubing bands so they are a bit different than "resistance bands" which many think of. This set comes with ankle straps and handles making it perfect for a full-body workout.
6. Master of Muscle Resistance Bands
Master of Muscle offers a similar set to the Black Mountain as well as the same type of band. 5 single pieces of tubing made from natural latex ranging from 5lbs to 25lbs. In addition to the bands, this set comes with 2- cushioned foam handles, 1- door anchor, 2-ankle straps, and 1 carrying bag.
The tubing can be stacked together to create multiple weights while the handles, ankle straps, and door anchor can be used together for a plethora of exercises like chest press and squats.
If you are new to band workouts, this set also provides an Ebook with over 20 "Body Smash Workouts". While having 4.5-star reviews from 1,100 reviews, there are some mildly concerning reviews concerning safety. If a band does snap, you may receive a painful hit.
- Perfect for different levels of fitness
- Can add many exercises to your workout
- Most Economical Price
- Maybe too cheap
- Not for heavy strength training
These are the cheapest bands on the list which may affect their durability.
7. TRX Exercise Bands
Another set of resistance bands from TRX, but with another purpose. These are hip circle mini bands made to add light resistance to your hips for lower body movements such as side lunges or provide resistance to force hip abduction.
The TRX Exercise Bands come in 4 levels of resistance including X-Light, Light, Medium, and Heavy levels (they do not give pounds). These seem simple and durable yet affordable making them perfect for the job they are intended for.
- Come from TRX, a well-established and trusted company
- Great for stretching, mobility, and light strengthening
- Look professional
- Pounds of resistance not given
Again, anything from TRX is going to be great. These hip bands are perfect for your "booty" workouts.
8. TheFitLife Resistance Bands with Handles
TheFitLife offers two different packages with their single, natural latex resistance tubes. Each package comes with 5 tubes with one offering resistance from 10lbs-110 lbs. and the other offering resistance from 10lbs-150lbs.
These bands are like the other sets and come with large handles, ankle straps, door anchor attachment, carry bag, and an eBook. Amazon almost 11,000 Amazon reviewers have given these bands a 4.5-star review.
They claim to be different from other tubing resistance bands as they use "double core anti-snap" tubing. This may be true as, unlike the other resistance tubes, I saw no reviews warning of bands breaking or injuries.
- Great price for what you get
- Up to 150 pounds of resistance
- No reviews of bands breaking
- Two different resistance options
- Great for full-body workouts
- Stacking tubes can be a bit of a hassle
TheFitLife bands seem to have everything you need, even an eBook. All at a great price and with great durability.
9. Rogue Shorty Monster Bands
Unlike Rogue's other bands which are over 3 feet long, these Shorty Monster Bands come in at 12". Other than that, they are exactly the same in terms of material and quality. They come in 6 different resistance levels.
These seem to be made primarily for banded barbell movements which explains why they are actually sold in pairs. Being Rogue, I'm sure they are durable and will get the job done.
- Specifically for banded barbell workouts
- Low Price
- Sold in pairs
- Comes from a trusted brand
- Specifically for banded barbell workouts
- Not a great choice to be used alone
Again, Rogue offers the best quality. I really like these if you are looking for your banded barbell workouts.
10. Arena Strength Fabric Booty Bands
Another pair of "booty" bands Amazon offers and they look great. These have a 5-star rating on Amazon from 4,100 reviewers. The set includes three different levels of resistance, a carrying case, and a workout guide.
A reviewer posted a picture of the workout guide and it does look like a really great training program. It doesn't say exactly what the bands are made from but there is definitely a fabric component, as the name suggests.
This will greatly improve comfort, especially when wearing shorts as rubber on bare skin is not always comfortable. As these are hip bands, they are made exclusively for the lower body. These can be used for your strength routine but could also be used in a physical therapy setting.
- Looks like great quality
- Fabric material for comfort
- 5-star reviews
- Carrying case and impressive workout guide
- Works the lower body only
- Price is high (but seems justified by the durability of the material)
It's hard to deny good reviews from 4,500 people on these.
11. Gorilla Bow Portable Home Gym Resistance Bands
The Gorilla Bow is the most unique, and most expensive resistance band. There are 3 different versions; the Lite version offering up to 12-lbs of resistance, the Original version which offers up to 300lbs of resistance, and the Heavy version which also provides 300lbs of resistance but offers more bands for more weight selection.
How this is different from the other systems is that the bands attach to a bow which can then be used as a barbell. You are then able to better mimic traditional movements such as bench press and rows. While expensive, it has an average of 4.5 stars from 1,100 reviewers with the majority saying it's worth the price.
- Extra-heavy resistance
- Mimic barbell movements
- Great Reviews
- Compact home gym
The most unique bands on the list...and most expensive. Maybe a gimmick? Maybe not as it has very good ratings from over 1000 people. It may be worth it if you are willing to spend the money.
Which One Do You Want?
All of these bands are best suited for different people based on their individual needs and goals. Decide what it is that you need bands for; mobility, travel, banded barbell movements? Once you decide what your exact needs are, you can then go through the options to see which one fits the bill.
Let's go over some issues to keep in mind when buying your resistance bands.
Benefits of Using Resistance Bands
The use of resistance bands can greatly enhance your overall training due to the numerous benefits they have
- Never Miss a Workout: Being that resistance bands are extremely easy to store, you can easily keep them as a set at home or take them with you on trips. Therefore, if you're short on time or traveling, you can easily get a workout in.
- Assist with Movements: Using bands is a great way to help assist with different bodyweight movements such as dips, pull-ups, and push-ups. Being that you are still doing the same movement, your body still requires the same movement pattern learning.
- Full Body Workouts: Using a band is a great way to get in a full-body workout due to its versatility.
- Great for All Levels: Resistance bands come in a wide assortment of resistance making them perfect for beginners and elite lifters alike.
- Advanced Workouts: Using bands in conjunction with barbell movements is a common way to add variable resistance for advanced lifters.
Resistance Bands vs. Dumbbells
Resistance bands are very different than using dumbbells. The major difference is that the resistance is not steady throughout the movement with resistance bands. This can alter the feel and muscle activation. Further, you have more options when using dumbbells in terms of weight selection.
All that being said, exercise selection is still the same with whatever method you choose. Both are able to increase muscle mass as long as you use progressive overload in your program.
What to look for when choosing the best resistance bands
There are a few different components you need to keep in mind when choosing what resistance bands to purchase.
While all resistance bands are relatively cheap, there is still some variability in their prices. Therefore, keep your budget in mind when choosing a set. The Odoland Resistance Bands is an example of a very economically-priced resistance band without having to compromise quality.
Decide why you are buying bands. Do you want them to travel with or use at home? Will you use them for full-body workouts or do you just want for legs? Or maybe you want a set to use with banded barbell movements.
Different bands utilize some different styles with their bands. Some look more "hardcore", like the Rogue Monster Bands, while others come in light, pastel colors, like the Arena Booty Bands. If this matters to you, you will need to look at the bands and decide if it is what you're looking for.
Tips for Using Resistance Bands
For Assisted Exercises: Don't go too heavy when doing assisted exercises. You don't want the band to do all the work, you just want enough help to do the movement properly. Further, a band to heavy can be difficult to control.
For Body Exercises: Keep in mind that the resistance will vary as you stretch the band. Therefore, you are able to adjust the tension by giving more or less band. For example with curls, you can have a narrow stance when standing on the band to allow more bands for lighter resistance. Or, you stand wider for a higher resistance.