The 9 Best Resistance Bands to Get a Full-Body Workout At Home

Looking to get toned? There's a band for that.

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How does something as unassuming as a resistance band—essentially oversized elastic—really give us a good workout? "Resistance bands can be deceiving," Health senior fitness editor Rozalynn S. Frazier said.

"They may not look like much, but they offer a ton of benefits." To name just a few, resistance bands can be used for overall body strengthening as well as mobility enhancement, and they're low-impact and joint-friendly, Frazier added. "Consider it your all-in-one gym."

Convenient to keep in your home gym for those times when you want to fit in a serious strength workout but can't make it to a workout class, resistance bands allow you to exercise at home. Plus, they're affordable, travel-friendly, and extremely versatile.

Exercise bands can be one of the best pieces of home fitness equipment. Learn more about the nine best resistance bands that can help you get a full body workout.

01 of 09

Best for Beginners: Fit Simplify Resistance Loop Exercise Bands

Fit Simplify Resistance Loop Exercise Bands
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If you're new to working out with resistance bands, these 100% natural latex bands are a good choice. Each band represents a level—extra light, light, medium, heavy, and extra-heavy—so you can start with the loosest bands. Then, you can work your way up to the medium and heavier ones, which are targeted for more intermediate and advanced strength training. These bands also happen to be Amazon's bestselling resistance bands and can be used by all fitness levels. As a bonus, they're versatile enough to be used for physical therapy and rehabilitation.

02 of 09

Best for Travel: Te-Rich Fabric Resistance Bands

Te-Rich Resistance Bands

While they may be some of the prettiest exercise bands on the market, these mini bands by Te-Rich are still incredibly durable. These bands have three different resistance levels, and come with a carrying pouch and exercise guide. Use them on their own or incorporate into workout circuits to amp up your strength training. Plus, the mini size makes them easy to store in your suitcase or purse, so you have them with you whenever you want to squeeze in a quick workout.

03 of 09

Best Non-slip: Gymbee Resistance Bands

GYMB Booty Bands for Women - Non Slip Resistance Bands
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Avoid the uncomfortable bunching and scrunching that happens with latex resistance bands by opting for a fabric option like this top rated set from Gymbee. Adored by more than 11,000 shoppers, the kit includes light, medium, and heavy bands for up to 50 pounds of added resistance to your workout. Even more impressive? Each band is the exact same size despite offering varying levels of difficulty, so lightest band isn't too big and the heaviest band isn't too small. Plus, the 365-day warranty ensures you'll spend less time worrying about the band snapping and more time focusing on your workout—which you can create using the free workout videos included with your purchase.

04 of 09

Best for Multitasking: Theraband Non-latex Clx Consecutive Loop Bands

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Looking for a band you can use on land and in the water? These resistance bands are pool-friendly for all your aquatic workouts and hydrotherapy exercises. Frazier loves them because there are loops within the bands, which make it easier to do a variety of moves and allows you to train with dumbbells simultaneously. "It also means you don't have to wrap or tie the bands around your hands or feet—just stick 'em in the loops and voilà," Frazier said. These are also latex-free, a good choice for anyone with allergies (or just those who hate the smell of latex).

05 of 09

Best for Learning Pull-Ups: Intey Assisted Pull-up Band

Pull Up Assist Band Heavy Duty Resistance Bands
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If you want to learn how to do pull-ups, these bands can help. They make it easy to choose one based on the amount of assistance you need during your repetitions from 15 to 125 pounds. Remember that when you use them for pull-up assistance, you can secure it beneath your feet or under your knee for different levels of support.

06 of 09

Best for Your Butt Muscles: Vergali Resistance Bands

Vergali Resistance Bands

These exercise bands strengthen and builds all three glute muscles—maximus, medius, and minimus. They can also help work out your quads, hamstrings, abs, and calves. These Vergali exercise bands are made of a nonslip material and come with a lifetime satisfaction guaruntee. Follow the online workout videos, training guide, and full workout resources.

Prefer a more traditional resistance band? We also love these Perfect Peach Resistance Bands ($20; amazon.com) to work your butt at 5 different intensity levels.

07 of 09

Best for Upper Body: Gaiam Restore 3-in-1 Resistance Band Kit

Restore 3-in-1 Resistance Band Kit
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With comfortable foam handles and 3 resistance levels, this exercise band is perfect for your arms. It's not only long enough for shoulder presses, but heavy-duty enough to stand up to your most elaborate arm routines, too. Beginners can opt for the lightest resistance band available (green) and slowly work their way up to an advanced weight (gray), while regular gym-goers can layer all the bands together for the ultimate challenge.

08 of 09

Best for Lower Body: Slingshot Hip Circle Resistance Band

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Frazier also likes this resistance band because it eliminates the need to straighten out a band in the middle of a move. The Sling Shot from Mark Bell doesn't flip up or get twisted the way that latex or rubber sometimes do, Frazier said. This band activates and strengthens the hips and glutes; just slip it around your knees and walk with long strides to warm up, then keep it on for your squats (it'll teach you to push your knees out).

09 of 09

Best Full Band Set: Whatafit 11-Piece Resistance Band Kit

Whatafit Resistance Band Set
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This affordable kit from Whatafit includes all the equipment you'll need for a full-body workout. The set includes 5 bands (with resistance levels ranging from 10-50 pounds) that you can stack for a combined 150 pounds, if you're looking to really challenge yourself. It also features a metal clipping system to attach bands to soft-grip handles, a door anchor, ankle strap, and exercise chart. Plus, there's a complimentary gym bag so you can keep them organized at home or take them with you when you travel.

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