The best way to make your workouts harder is to introduce some resistance bands! I’ve been following Grace Beverley for many years and was excited when she brought out her own bands. In this blog, I’m going to give my review of B_ND resistance bands, both short and long.
My First Resistance Bands
I first got some resistance bands from eBay about seven years ago; they were cheap and plastic. They weren’t the best as I found they rolled up a lot when working out, but nevertheless, I loved adding extra strength to my workouts and found they worked my muscles even harder.
Grace Fit’s Bands
Before B_ND, Grace Beverley sold them branded as Grace Fit. I did buy three of the short bands before they were rebranded to BND in April 2019, which is why three of my bands say Grace Fit UK and not B_ND! As of October 2020, B_ND rebranded to Shreddy!
What Do I Think?
Before I give my review on both the short and long bands, I thought I’d do an overall review. If you’re thinking of getting a band yourself, I would highly recommend investing!
The quality is impressive; they don’t ride up mid exercise, and because of the material they’re a lot more durable than plastic alternatives, massive plus that they’re vegan too!
I’m now a proud owner of four bands of different strengths, and they’ve transformed my workouts. Especially when working out at home due to them being the main resistance during my exercises.
I purchased the peach short band as my first band, which is of heavy resistance, back in August 2018. In January 2019, I decided to purchase a pink medium band and an extra heavy peach emoji band, as I wanted to have the option of different resistance levels for different exercises.
I use my short bands a lot during lower-body days, especially during squats to help isolate my muscles. By adding extra resistance to my workouts, I’ve noticed a massive change.
My Favourite Exercises
I like to activate my glutes before lower-body days, and when you purchase the bands, you’ll be given a guide of free exercises. I also like to add a glute burnout after my workouts for that extra burn!
Here are just a few of my favourite exercises to do with the short bands:
- Hip abductors
- Fire hydrants
- Crab walks
- Glute bridges
- Three pulse squats
I purchased the lilac heavy long resistance band in May 2019, and I didn’t really use it too much when I was working out at the gym. However, during the lockdown, the long resistance band has transformed my workouts.
With minimal equipment at home, I am now using the long resistance band quite a lot, and they’re pretty versatile, meaning you are able to do a lot with them. The long band has worked really well for my upper body days!
My Favourite Exercises
As I’ve said the long resistance bands have transformed my workouts at home, I’ve got the heavy band and it helps my arms to work super hard.
These are just a few of my favourites to do with the long bands:
- Upright row
- Seated row
- Triceps extension
- Bicep curl
- Glute pull-throughs
- Stiff leg deadlifts
How Much Do They Cost?
Each band is £14, no matter the strength, that was what I paid when I first purchased back in 2018 and still in 2020 they’re the same price. B_ND do bundles, so the second time around when I bought two it was £22 (which saved me £6). The long resistance bands are £16, and again there is also the option of buying within a bundle too.
It’s crazy to think how much difference a band can make to your workouts! I didn’t use them enough when I work out at the gym, but since I’ve been doing home workouts, they’ve completely transformed the way I exercise.
As I’ve used previous bands before of different materials, I can honestly say the materials which B_ND / Shreddy use are miles above the rest, and I’d highly recommend investing rather than opt for a cheap alternative! Hopefully, my review of B_ND resistance bands has given you a good insight!