If you’ve been reading the Home Workout Ideas site for a while, you will know I am a keen believer in resistance bands and resistance band training in general. I recently wrote a few guides to getting started with this type of home fitness equipment so go check it out if you are not familiar with this type of kit.
Now I know resistance tubes and bands aren’t the best pieces of fitness equipment on the market, but for the price, small amount of space they take up and the portability factor, they should not be overlooked by anyone who wants to get in shape at home or bust out of the skinny fat zone without joining a gym. They don’t really compare with free weights but that is not what they were designed to do.
The Gym isn’t for Everyone
When I realised I was skinny fat I pretty much ran down to my local gym and signed on the dotted line. Prior to that I’d also been a bit of a weed and not the sporty type at all, so it was pretty intimidating joining the gym, even though it was a pretty friendly place. It took me months to pluck up the courage to enter the free weights room and graduate from the running machines and resistance machines.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to claim I’m a brave guy for joining the gym despite the fact I was more than a little nervous about taking those first few steps over the threshold. I can totally empathise with anyone reading this that is out of shape, whether that means they are overweight, underweight or skinny fat, and just can’t find the confidence to join a gym. Gyms can be intimidating places for sure. Even if 99% of the gyms I’ve been to in my time have been friendly places, when you take those first steps into a new gym, you are never quite sure what you are going to find!
Resistance Tubes: An Alternative to the Gym
If you just can’t face the prospect of going to a gym on a regular basis, you can still stop being skinny fat by working out at home with resistance bands. Sure, a set of kettlebells or a multi-gym might help you achieve your goals a bit faster, but for the price, ease of use and portability, you just can’t beat a good set of resistance tubes or bands to get you started.
If you look on amazon.com you can most likely pick up the best-selling set of resistance bands, like the Black Mountain Resistance Band Set, for about $30. This is probably less than a couple of month’s gym membership. Once the bands arrive, you can begin working out at home and get on the way to saying goodbye to skinny fatness forever.
After a few weeks or months working out at home with resistance bands, you might find you are ready to join a gym. A little bit of experience and strength goes a long way and once you’ve built a good foundation with your new bands, you will most likely feel a lot more confident in the gym.
Can Resistance Bands Stop You Being Skinny Fat?
So when it comes to the question of ‘can resistance bands help you stop being skinny fat?’, the short answer from me is an emphatic yes. While the long answer is more along the lines of, they are a great place to start and can really help you get some momentum going, but if you want to get a toned, athletic physique then they probably aren’t enough in the long term. If you want to look good in a pair of Zyzz shorts, then at some point you are going to upgrade your gear to a something more challenging or bite the bullet and join the gym!