When searching for a resistance band, you have to find one that is comfortable for you, and fits your strength level so that you are constantly progressing each workout.
Latex resistance bands typically come in a pack of 3 or 5, with varying tension levels, which is nice to have since everyone is different, and with some exercises you may need a lighter band. Latex bands are used for lower body, upper body, and abdominal exercises. They stretch further than fabric bands making them more versatile.
Latex bands mimic weights, but do not put added pressure on the joints, which is great for older individuals and those who have dealt with an injury or ongoing muscle pain.
The downside is that latex bands tend to roll up especially when used on bare skin (this wouldn’t be as big of an issue when wearing leggings), and they are also a bit uncomfortable since latex sticks to skin…which is very uncomfortable for men with leg hair (OUCH).
Latex bands do offer more bang for your buck, but involve a couple of downsides as well.
Fabric bands are typically sold separately and have less options for resistance level. Fabric bands typically do not stretch as wide, so they are mostly used for hip thrusts, squats, and crab walks. Upper body movements are not common with these bands. They are stronger than latex bands making them perfect for more advanced lifters! Our fabric bands have built in grips so they will not roll up or slide around.
They are popular due to the comfort of the bands! You can throw these bad boys in the wash after an intense sweat sesh to clean them off. Latex bands can only be rinsed off or wiped down!
They are also a more eco-friendly option!
All in all, your comfort and strength is key when choosing a resistance band. It’s great to have both when needed, and to experiment and see which one is the right fit for you.