Whether you are brand new to exercise or you are a seasoned pro, you can benefit from adding the best exercise bands to your workout.

I have worked as a personal trainer for over 20 years, and I am a huge fan of resistance bands. They're perfect when I work with people in their homes. And I find that beginners have an easier time with the exercise bands than they do with weights.

And before you start thinking that bands are wimpy, you better think again!

Believe it or not, the best exercise bands can give you a better workout than even free weights or machines. Yes, really!

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Are the Best Exercise Bands as Good as Free Weights?

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Yes!

The best exercise bands are just as good as free weights when it comes to resistance training. In some ways, exercise bands actually make you work harder.

If you are doing bicep curls with 10-pound weights, no matter where you are in the range of motion you will still be curling 10 pounds.

On the other hand, when you use exercise bands, you are getting variable resistance. That means that you will be curling a different weight depending on where you are in the movement.

For example, when you start the curl you are lifting 10 pounds, but by the time that you get your hand up close to your shoulder you are lifting more like 20 pounds. The more the band stretches, the harder your muscles will have to work.

The benefits of exercise bands

The top 10 benefits of using the best exercise bands include:

  • 1. They cost a lot less than a gym membership or gym equipment
  • 2. They are suitable for all fitness levels
  • 3. You can use them to modify well-known exercises
  • 4. They save on storage space
  • 5. Perfect for travel
  • 6. They add variety to your workout and can help you break through plateaus
  • 7. They are safe, and you can use them alone
  • 8. Combines well with other equipment
  • 9. They work!
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What Are the Different Types of Exercise Bands?

In the fitness industry, we use the term exercise bands to describe several different things. In this article, we looked at rubber tubing and mini loop bands. You can use both of them to tone up your entire body, but they work in slightly different ways.

Loops


First, the exercise bands that you often see people putting around their ankles or thighs are what we call loop bands. We also sometimes call them mini bands or mini loops. Most of them are around two inches thick, and they look like giant rubber bands. Unlike tubing, loops are a full continuous circle that you slip over your feet or hands.

The video below will show you some of the exercises that you can do with mini loops.

Tubing


The second kind of exercise band that we are going to look at today is what we call tubing. These types of exercise bands are long hollow rubber tubes with handles on each end.

The best exercise bands on our list this year allow you to use the tubing individually or combine them to add more resistance. Tubing sets also come with ankle straps and door anchors so that you can use them for many different exercises.

The video below will show you some exercises that you can do with tubing.


​How Much Do the Best Exercise Bands Cost?

The best exercise bands range in price somewhat, but they are all pretty affordable. The exercise band sets on our list this year range in price from $5 to $45.


​Our Review Process

This was an independent review of the best exercise bands on the market. In our review process, we researched professional and consumer reviews. We also compared the features and price of each set. We have no business or financial ties to any of the manufacturers on our list.


​The Top 7 Best Exercise Bands on the Market Today

In no particular order, here are our favorite picks for the best exercise bands this year.

1

Bodylastics Resistance Bands Set

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The New York Times' Wirecutter named Bodylastics the safest and best exercise bands on the market in 2017. And with good cause. This tubing is unique in that it features a patented anti-snap safety design.


Each of these bands incorporates a super strong inner safety cord that will prevent damage to the exercise band from overstretching. This technology also protects you in the rare event that the band snaps.


This set comes with 14 pieces including 6 different 48-inch bands ranging in resistance from 3 to 23 pounds. You can stack the bands to increase your tension up to 142 pounds.


This set also comes with two handles, two ankle straps, two anchors, and a carrying bag. Another great thing about this set is that it comes with a 30-day money back guarantee if you don't like it.


One of the reasons that it made our list of the best exercise bands this year is because it gets killer professional and consumer reviews.


People consistently comment on the superior quality of these bands. Another big plus is that you can purchase separately additional tubes at higher tensions. Most people love this set, but some complained that the warranty doesn't last long enough. If you break or damage the tubing after the warranty period, Bodylastics will replace them.

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​Fit Simplify Resistance Loop Bands

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Our next contender for the best exercise bands this year goes to Fit Simplify. These heavy-duty loop bands are high quality and measure 12 inches by 2 inches. And they come from 100 percent non-toxic natural latex which won't pinch your skin. This set comes with five different mini bands that range from extra light (2 to 4 pounds) to extra heavy (25 to 30 pounds). This set also comes with a small carrying bag and instructions.


One of the things that we love about this set is that it comes with a lifetime money-back guarantee. If you're not happy with them or if any of them break, Fit Simplify will give you your money back.


Another thing that we love about this set is that it is very affordable. These bands get excellent professional and consumer reviews too.


Most people love these bands, especially the fact that each loop is hand-tested before they sell them. People also commented that these bands don't have a rubber smell. One complaint about this set is that it doesn't offer enough resistance if you're very advanced. But for most people, this set provides plenty of tension.

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​Letsfit Resistance Loop Bands

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The next spot on our list of the best exercise bands this year goes to Letsfit. These mini loop bands are very similar to the Fit Simplify bands. They are 100 percent natural latex that is odor-free and non-toxic. The Letsfit set also comes with five loops that range from very light (5 to 10 pounds) to very heavy (30 to 40 pounds). The bands measure 12 inches by 2 inches.


One unique thing about this set is that you can order your bands in the colors of your choice. Like the other sets that we've discussed so far, this one comes with a money back guarantee. Letsfit offers a 60-day policy saying they will replace or refund if you don't like the bands or if any of them break.


The Letsfit mini bands are very affordable. And they get excellent reviews.


Compared to the Fit Simplify bands, the Letsfit loops offer more resistance. One complaint about them is that they can roll while you're using them, especially the very light loops.

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​UPOWEX Resistance Bands Set

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UPOWEX takes the next spot on our list of the best exercise bands. This heavy-duty snap-resistant tubing is eco-friendly and 100 percent natural latex. And UPOWEX has double layered each exercise band for safety and durability.


This set comes with five 46-inch exercise bands that have 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 pounds of tension. You can use them separately, or you can combine them for up to 150 pounds.
This set also comes with two handles, one door anchor, two ankle straps, and a waterproof carrying bag. Another great thing about this set is that UPOWEX offers a lifetime warranty if you don't like it or if any of the bands break.


The UPOWEX bands are very similar to the Bodylastic resistance bands, but they don't cost as much. Of all of the best exercise bands on our list this year, the UPOWEX gets the highest consumer reviews.


One frequent complaint about tubing sets is that they don't offer enough resistance. You won't find that complaint with the UPOWEX set. Most people rave about these bands. But a few complained that their exercise bands broke. Fortunately, UPOWEX's lifetime warranty covered them.

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​Black Mountain Products Resistance Band Set

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If you are a beginner or brand new to resistance training, then the Black Mountain set is perfect for you. This tubing doesn't offer as much resistance as the other best exercise bands, making it ideal for newbies, seniors, and women.


This set comes with 5 different 40-inch bands that range from 2 pounds to 30 pounds. Like the other exercise bands, you can use these separately, or you can use them together for up to 75 pounds in total. For some comparison, the UPOWEX set we just looked at can go up to 150 pounds.


In addition to the bands, this set also comes with two handles, an ankle strap, a door anchor, and a carrying bag.


Compared to the other best exercise bands on our list, the Black Mountain set is on the more pricey side depending on where you buy it. But like the others, it gets killer professional and consumer reviews.


Most people love these bands, mainly because they're lighter than most of the other exercise bands on the market. One complaint about them is that they can show wear and tear after a lot of use. Fortunately, Black Mountain offers a lifetime manufacturer's warranty so you can get your money back or replace your tubing if it breaks.

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​Odoland Resistance Bands Set

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If you can't decide whether you want to get mini bands or tubing, Odoland offers the best of both worlds. This set comes with 5 different exercise bands: 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 pounds which you can combine for a total of 75 pounds. And on top of that, it also comes with 4 mini loop bands: 10, 20, 30, and 40 pounds.


In addition to the nine bands, the Odoland set also comes with two handles, two ankle straps, a door anchor, and a carrying bag. The tubing in this set is longer than the other tubing sets, measuring 55 inches before you add the handles. Another great thing about this set is that it comes with a lifetime manufacturer's warranty. Odoland will refund or replace any bands that break.


Considering that this set is basically two in one, it is very affordable. The Odoland set gets excellent professional and consumer reviews.


This set is ideal for beginners and seniors. Most people love this set, but some complained about the smell. Others complained that the mini loops broke too quickly. As I said with the other best exercise bands sets, the company will refund or replace any bands that you break.

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​Fit Via Fabric Resistance Bands Set

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Our final contender for the best exercise bands this year goes to Fit Via. This set of mini loops is a little different from the others. First of all, these soft bands aren't latex; they're durable polyester fabric. The material assures that the loops won't roll while you're using them.


This set is smaller than the other best exercise bands sets on our list; it comes with just three loops and a carrying bag. The bands are larger than the other mini loops on our list. They measure 3.5 inches wide and 13, 15, and 17 inches long. The resistance on the three bands are about the same; the only difference is the size of the loop so you can find the one that fits your body best.


Considering that this set only comes with three bands, it's a bit on the expensive side. But it gets incredible reviews.


Most people really love these bands, especially the fact that they stay in place while you're working out with them. One complaint is that the loops are too large if you have a petite frame. Another complaint about them is that they don't come in different tensions.

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​One Last Thing About the Best Exercise Bands

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We highly recommend all of the sets on our list, but if you twisted my arm and made me pick the overall best exercise bands, I would have to go with the UPOWEX set. It gets the highest expert ratings from personal trainers, and it comes with plenty of tension.

If you are struggling with choosing between getting tubing or loops, I would suggest either going with the Odoland set which includes both types of bands or just go with one of the tubing sets. You can modify the tubing to make it into a loop. Just tie the ends together and use it in the same way that you would a mini band.

Now we want to hear from you! Let us know in the comments section below why you like using exercise bands. And share with our readers if you have any useful tips for newbies.

Have a great day!


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