Resistance tubes are one of my favorite types of equipment to get a full body workout when you are on the road. They don’t take up much space, they are light and affordable. Once you learn how to use them you will not miss a workout again.
Always make sure you have enough resistance to perform the exercises. If the tension of the tubes is too loose (wiggling), you will not be working the muscle hard enough. Perform every exercise with slow controlled movements. After stretching, the tubes have the tendency to go back to the starting point very quickly (stretch reaction), so, you must control the stretch and the tempo for a more efficient workout.
If you are a beginner, just place one foot on the tube and perform the exercises with a single arm. Now if you have experience, you can step on the tubes with both feet and create a shorter tube. The shorter the tube, the harder and more challenging the workout will be.
Resistance Tubing Workout for Chiseled Shoulders
In the workout shown in this video, the exercises focus on one very important muscle group … the shoulder. The shoulder muscle consists of three heads (called deltoids), the front deltoid, middle deltoid, and rear deltoid. There are many different ways you can work these three parts of your shoulder. By following the workout in the video, you will be performing 12 repetitions of each exercise, three sets of each, with minimum rest between sets (for maximum results). The exercises demonstrated in the video, all using resistance tubing, are as follows:
- Front raise
- Lateral raise
- Reverse fly
Resistance tubing comes in five (5) different levels of resistance, differentiated by color. Each color represents a different level of intensity (from low to high). The majority of brands use the lightest color for the lowest resistance and the darkest color for the highest resistance. Below is an example of how most resistance tubing brands color code their products.
- Yellow = very light
- Green = light
- Red = medium
- Blue = semi hard
- Black = hard
Remember to hydrate your body by drinking plenty of water throughout the day (in addition to right before, during, and after your workout). After your workout (within the hour), be sure to replenish your fatigued muscles by eating a meal that is high in good quality protein (fish, poultry, beans, or lean meat) and low in carbohydrates (choose from a wide variety of vegetables and fruits versus complex carbohydrates and starches).
Take it from me. If you exercise safely and consistently, and push yourself a little bit further each time, the results will come!
Best wishes and train at your best!
Marcelo Vazquez, ACSM certified personal trainer and developer of Spin-Fit™ programs for youth.