Stretch Stronger: Best Exercise Bands for At-Home Workouts

No pain, all gain.

woman exercising with resistant band
Bust out a stretch before your morning run!Gustavo Fring

While at-home workouts don’t need anything more than motivation (ahh...where did that go again?), additional tools can provide more challenges and opportunities for exercise modifications. Relatively inexpensive and taking up minimal space, here’s how resistance bands can help you bring your home workout to the next level.

Letsfit Resistance Loop Bands, Resistance Exercise Bands for Home Fitness, Stretching, Strength Training, Physical Therapy, Natural Latex Workout Bands, Pilates Flexbands, 12" x 2"

Multifunctional Equipment

5 levels per pack give you multiple ways to workout; carry bag allows you to easily bring along for an on-the-go workout.Letsfit

Exercise bands generally come in a range of resistance levels that can be used to enhance bodyweight exercises using your arms and legs or for stretches in a physical therapy session. While many resistance band packages come with exercise suggestions, if you’ve never used them in your workouts before, it may be smart to book a session or two with a trainer to make sure you’re doing things correctly and avoiding injury.

SPRI Xertube Resistance Bands Exercise Cords with Handles Attached (All Exercise Bands Sold Separately) - Door Attachment Anchor Option Available

Hands On Grip

A tube with two grips gives you options for multiple exercise techniques. Heavy duty material is designed to withstand tough use.SPRI

Resistance bands with handles can help isolate key muscles and maximize traditional bodyweight moves like squats and lunges. Exercise bands can also add extra oomph to an away-from-home workout. Small and compact, adding one or two in your overnight bag can help motivate you to break a sweat.

Black Mountain Products Resistance Band Set with Door Anchor, Ankle Strap, Exercise Chart, and Carrying Case

All-in-One

Set of stackable pieces allows you to create a customized workout; clip on handles gives you options.Black Mountain Products

Resistance bands can become a semi-permanent part of a home gym. Some bands may have a wall anchor option, allowing you to attach to a wall or door for certain exercises. Considering how you’ll use your resistance bands—every day in the same place, or multiple places depending on your schedule—can help you decide which ones are most useful to you. Because, just like any other piece of exercise equipment, the best option is the one you’ll use on the regular.

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