Resistance bands are gaining increased recognition as one of the most important boxing training tools. Low-impact, effective, and easy to use, resistance bands hold all the benefits of strength and conditioning with some added bonuses.
Incorporating resistance bands in your boxing or kickboxing training can increase your punching speed and power while strengthening and toning your entire body. Read on to find out why resistance bands should be part of everyone’s at-home fitness routine.
What are resistance bands and how do they work?
Resistance bands create tension that challenges both major and minor muscle groups. The tension created by the bands acts in the same way that the added weight of a dumbbell forces your muscles to strengthen.
Training with resistance bands is one of the best ways to target even the smaller muscles in your body called stabilizer muscles. In this way, using a resistance band is a method of strength training that also improves coordination and balance, with a lower risk of injury than traditional weights.
Why should a boxer use resistance training?
Boxers use resistance band training because it has a multitude of benefits for their performance. Strength training is an asset to boxing and kickboxing training as it increases punching and kicking power. While weights are extremely effective for building muscle, resistance bands have the same impact with additional advantages that are specific to boxing and kickboxing. This is why FightCamp’s Endurance Kit features a complete set of resistance bands to level up your boxing and kickboxing training.
Five (5) Benefits of Resistance Band Training:
1. Strength & Conditioning
Resistance bands are extremely effective tools for strength and conditioning. Consistent use of resistance bands will trigger muscle growth in much the same way as traditional weight training, with the added plus of targeting hard-to-work smaller muscle groups. Increased strength means increased kicking and punching power.
2. Targets Stabilizer Muscles
The stabilizer muscles that are fired up by resistance band training are aptly named, as they provide support and stability to all the major muscle groups. They are essential to posture, form, and joint motion. When you use a resistance band, you can feel how it differs from lifting weights as your body works harder against the tension to maintain proper form with each exercise.
3. Improves Coordination
The unique workout provided by a resistance band improves coordination in ways that few other strength training methods can match. Those stabilizer muscles are key in maintaining balance, coordination, and form in all movements, especially under stress like hitting a heavy bag or performing complex punch combinations.
Resistance bands are frequently used in rehabilitation after injury because they are lower impact and there is less risk of injury than heavier, unwieldy weights. The bands limit the range of motion for each exercise, so you are far less likely to overextend your joints or overstretch a muscle.
One of the indirect but not insignificant benefits of training with resistance bands is their portability and simplicity. Not only are they easy to use, but they’re easy to store and transport. Not everyone has the space needed for an at-home set of weights, and even fewer people are going to have access to weights when they are on-the-go. Resistance bands are small and lightweight, making them one of the most convenient pieces of equipment for weight training aside from bodyweight exercises.
How do I add resistance bands to my boxing training?
Take advantage of the many benefits of resistance band training and do these FightCamp workouts to get a sense of how effective strength training with bands can be:
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