Will band work build you lean muscle mass?
Band work is all the rage now. You see it all over Instagram workouts as a part of warm ups, supersets, or used for an entire workout. In my personal opinion band work is a great addition to your workouts in certain ways, but it should never comprise the entire workout if you’re looking to put on some serious mass & get the “toned” look that most women want. Your favorite “fitspo” didn’t build their glutes using just bands.
Band work is great as a part of a dynamic (active) warm up to get your muscles warm & ready to move some weight, as a part of a superset to burn out the desired muscle group, or even if you’re just getting started in the gym & are still a little intimidated by the weights. Bands are a great place to start in that case. -
To build lean muscle mass you need place resistance against your muscles & increase that resistance over time to continue to build it. Bands can keep the tension throughout the entire movement of an exercise which is great! This is necessary to create strong muscles in all planes of motion. However the downside to bands is that they tend to only go up to a certain amount of resistance. So once you reach that top resistance you can’t increase that anymore. You can only do more reps, you can only do more sets. Eventually you’ll be doing more sets & reps than you probably want to count. So if you’re relying solely on bands for muscle growth & workouts & you want to build lean muscle, you may want to consider adding weight training into your routine.
Personally I use bands as a part of my warm up for leg day 👇🏽 BANDED SQUATs
For supersets I like to use them for things like 👇🏽 CHEST FLYS
LATERAL or FRONT RAISES
Do you use bands in your workouts? If so how? -
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