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Resistance band workouts are everywhere – but do they work?

By Lindsay Bottoms, Reader in Exercise and Health Physiology, University of Hertfordshire
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Resistance-band exercises have been all over social media during the pandemic. In case you aren’t familiar with them, resistance bands are similar to an elastic band, usually made from a synthetic fibre like latex or rubber. You can loop them around your legs or arms, for example, which helps create more tension while you work out. This tension makes it more difficult to do movements, and engages more muscles, which some claim will help you build strength and muscle.

Many of us know that strength…


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