Resistance Bands: What’s the Difference?

With so many resistance bands on the market, it can be difficult to find the best option for your workout. Check out the differences between common resistance band options, so you can select the one that’s right for you!



A thinner, looped band that is good for:

  • Assisting in chin-ups and dips
  • Working the lower body by adding resistance to shuffles and lunges.



The Theraband is a wider resistance band, that is available in a number of different strengths for difficulty.  A Theraband is great for:

  • Rehabilitation exercises
  • Strength building without putting stress on the joints
  • Working both the lower and upper body, due to their length


ReXist 360

ReXist 360 bands are designed to strap around the quadriceps to mimic the elasticity of your muscles.  They’re ideal for:

  • Intensifying your current workout without any unwanted stress on the joints
  • Improving speed
  • Boosting acceleration
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Tube Resistance Bands

Tube resistance bands resemble a thin tube, and usually have handles, making them great for the upper body.  Many models also have a door attachment to anchor your band for added resistance.  Benefits include:

  • Ability to isolate muscle groups
  • Resistance through the full range of motion


If you don’t have a resistance band handy, a stocking works great as an alternative to a Theraband type resistance band.

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