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How to Attach a Resistance Band to a Handle

By Julia Derek

Resistance bands are a great tool to use when you want to strengthen and tone your muscles. They come in different resistance levels, enabling you to customize your workout according to how fit you are. There are many advantages to using resistance bands. For example, you can bring them with you when you travel since they require little space and are very light. They are cheap and extremely versatile. As opposed to free weights, you do not need gravity to use them. Using them correctly, you can train every muscle in your body.

Attach to Handle

Determine what level resistance you want to use. Generally, the bigger the muscle group you are going to work, the more resistance you want. However, if you are very unfit or are just starting out, use a light band so that you can focus on form first.

Find a door with a sturdy handle that closes securely. Usually, this will be the front door of your home or the garage door. Avoid attaching any bands to doors that open easily or that have weak handles. Not only may you break the handle but you may also fall and hurt yourself.

Tie or wrap the band around the handle, depending on the exercise and the handle type. If you are using a door knob, avoid doing any exercises that require standing up, as the band may slip off the handle easily. Instead, focus on doing seated exercises such as seated rows or lat pull downs. Lever and pull handles are suited for any type of exercise

Wrap the band if you intend to do an exercise requiring both ends of the band. Most basic exercises need both ends. You will need a longer band for wrapping. Better to make it too long than too short. Two yards is an appropriate length for average-sized people. If you intend to do a one-armed exercise such as when you want to isolate one little muscle, tie the band to the handle.

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