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Disadvantages of exercise bands

Exercise bands are a cheap and convenient piece of exercise equipment that are mainly used in rehabilitation. Here I will talk about the three major disadvantages of exercise bands. First of all, if you're looking to get bigger and stronger, exercise bands are not for you. The amount of resistance that exercise bands provide is not enough to cause hypertrophy or any serious strength gains. Dumbbells, barbells, and machines are a much better choice if you're really serious about the gym. Secondly, it's hard to know how much resistance you are using with the exercise band. This makes it difficult to keep a progression chart because you don't know exactly how much resistance you used last time. Third disadvantage is that low quality exercise bands can be dangerous. For example, if you do a certain exercise and all of a sudden the band snaps, you can strain a muscle. Also, if the band flies and hits your eye/skin, it can cause an injury as well. In conclusion, if you're look for a safe rehabilitation program or light exercise, then exercise bands are great for you. But if you want to make strength and gains, drop the bands, go the gym, and pick up some dumbbells.

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