How and where to buy resistance bands and dumbbells: make the best choice

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Dumbbells and resistance bands can really make a difference to your home workouts, which is particularly important when you can’t get to a gym. They’re becoming increasingly difficult to find though, with many retailers running out of stock entirely, or only having a few models left in stock.

Thankfully though, there are still some great options around, with great deals available if you know where to look.

How to buy resistance bands and dumbbells

There’s so much variety when it comes to resistance bands and dumbbells, it can be hard to know which ones to pick, particularly when stock is limited to just a few different options at each retailer.

Olivia Neely, personal trainer at Starks Fitness (currently sharing home workout videos at starksfitnessgym on Instagram and offering free nutrition plans to NHS staff), gives the following advice.

Olivia Neely (Starks Fitness personal trainer):

What with demand being so high, it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to buy home workout equipment at a realistic price. That said, it’s not impossible, we just need to be a bit savvier with our purchase choice and to buy a product that offers a variation of usage.

My must-have for resistance training would be a resistance band and a pair of dumbbells. Both pieces of equipment are incredibly versatile, and you’ll be sure to get an effective full body workout. They even work perfectly as a pair. As always, there’s a few options to consider, so here’s some tips to aid your purchase.

Resistance bands: which one?

It can be a mind field deciding which band is the best one to purchase. Booty bands, full body bands, bands with handles, the list goes on.

The purpose of ‘booty’ bands is in the name, these smaller bands are used to work the lower body and add resistance to your glute and leg exercises.

Full body bands are usually thinner and longer to allow you to work on upper body strength as well as some lower body exercises.

Both are inexpensive and are widely available online (delivery time may be your main obstacle) so it would be worthwhile building a collection.

Dumbbells: how to beat the hefty price tag

This widely sought-after equipment can prove a difficult find since lockdown began. What was an affordable addition to your home workout kit has seen sales rocket and now, so has the price tag. It’s no surprise why, as they not only sit neatly in the corner of the room, you can also use them with almost every exercise.

Prices ranges depending on the weight of the kit, and the average 5-10kg weight is often not available. So, what can you do?

Consider buying a lower weight and a full body resistance band (with or without handles). Using the two together offers added resistance, making those 2kg weights feel a whole lot heavier. You can also use methods such as increasing reps, sets, tempo and lessen your rest time to increase the burn even further.

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