How Effective Are Resistance Bands To Grow Glutes?
Short Answer: It depends
Long Answer: Resistance bands have been used for many years by athletes and professionals in the fitness industry. They have become popular in the fitness community as a way to help people grow their glutes. As a result, many fitness influencers post themselves using these bands online and suggest their crazy glute transformation was thanks to these bands.
What they fail to mention, is that to grow your glutes, progressive overload is the way to do this. Progressive overload involves gradually increasing the resistance, intensity, or volume of your workouts over time to continually challenge and stimulate muscle growth.
Now here’s the thing, resistance bands make it difficult to progressive overload. Yes you can buy bands with different resistance levels, but in comparison to actual weights, you are quite limited to the amount of progress you can achieve to help you build bigger glutes.
Don’t get me wrong, resistance bands are great for activation the muscles and providing a degree of resistance during your workouts. For example, some people find using these bands during hip thrusts helps them to feel a greater mind to muscle connection during their workout. But, if your goal is to build massive glutes, resistance bands alone won’t be of much help.
5 Reasons to Use Resistance Bands To Grow Glutes
Resistance bands are still a great accessory to add to your workouts. Here are 5 ways you can use resistance bands to grow bigger glutes:
1. To Warm up
Warming up with resistance bands before a glute workout is a great way to activate the muscles and prepare them for the upcoming exercises. Muscle activation helps to “waken” the muscles before the workout. This helps to prevent injury.
2. At Home Workout
If you are looking to start working out at home, resistance bands are a great choice. They are not heavy and can be used for many different glute exercises. They are a good alternative to begin with if you do not have weights at home.
3. Affordable And Easy To Transport
Most resistance bands are highly affordable. You can find a pack of bands on Amazon for under 50 dollars. As they are very light they are fairly versatile. In addition, you can easily take them with you on holiday to workout with!
4. They Can Improve Form
Resistance bands are often used for many lower body exercises like squats, hip thrusts and kickbacks. People often use them to help them with their form. For example, people who squat with caved knees are often advised to use resistance bands to prevent their knees from caving in during the workout.
5. Great For Stabilisation/Core Activation
Resistance bands excel at enhancing stability and core activation in workouts. With dynamic and variable resistance, they engage your core muscles throughout the entire range of motion, bolstering stability and joint support. As a result, the imbalanced and multi-directional resistance they provide stimulates deep stabilizers, fostering overall balance.
So don’t be too quick to throw those bands away!
Even though they will not help you build massive glutes, they are a great accessory to add to your workouts. Whether it’s to help activate your muscles before an exercise or to help you fix your form, they still provide some useful benefits.
Let me know in the comments your thoughts on resistance bands and whether you use them or not!