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 in your home workouts, which is especially important when you can't get to a gym. However, they are becoming increasingly difficult to find, with many retailers out of stock or having only a few models in stock.

Fortunately, there are still some great options, with great deals if you know where to look.

How to buy resistance bands and dumbbells

There is so much variety when it comes to resistance bands and dumbbells, it can be difficult to know which one to choose, especially when the stock is limited to a few different options at each retailer.

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

Olivia Neely (Starks Fitness personal trainer):

With such a high demand, it becomes more and more difficult to buy home training equipment at a realistic price. That said, it is not impossible, we just have to be a little more informed with our choice of purchase and buy a product that offers a variation of use.

My essential for resistance training would be a resistance band and a pair of dumbbells. Both equipments are incredibly versatile and you will be sure to get an effective full body workout. They even work perfectly in pairs. As always, there are a few options to consider, so here are some tips to make your purchase easier.

Resistance bands: which one?

It can be a field of mind to decide which group is best to buy. Loot bands, full body bands, bands with handles, the list goes on.

The purpose of the “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.

The whole body bands are usually thinner and longer to allow you to work your upper body strength as well as some lower body exercises.

Both are inexpensive and are widely available online (delivery time may be your biggest obstacle), so building a collection would be helpful.

Dumbbells: how to beat the high price

This much sought after equipment can be difficult to find since the lockout started. What was an affordable addition to your home workout kit has seen an increase in sales and now the price too. It's no surprise that since they don't just sit well in the corner of the room, you can also use them with almost any exercise.

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

Consider buying a lighter weight and an integral resistance band (with or without handles). Using the two together provides additional strength, making these 2 kg weights much heavier. You can also use methods such as increasing repetitions, sets, tempo, and reducing your rest time to further increase engraving.

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The best resistance band deals in the United States

Black Mountain Products Bands | $ 12.98 at Walmart
This set of three loot strips includes three resistance levels and comes complete with a door anchor, a carrying bag (for locking lift) and a start guide. The bands are made of 99% latex-free rubber and are great for getting more from your lower body exercises.
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Gradient Fitness stretch strap | $ 15.99 at Walmart
This extra-long body band has multiple loops throughout, so you can choose the one that is suitable for the exercise you want to perform and your size. It has padded neoprene handles to protect your hands (a welcome addition) and is super affordable.
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Booty Glute Fabric Hip Bands | $ 22.99 at Walmart
If you're allergic to latex in most rubber resistance bands, this pair of fabric loot bands might be the perfect solution. They are also very strong and are designed to prevent slipping and rolling. Slightly more expensive than similar rubber resistance bands, but it's worth it.
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The best offers of resistance bands in the UK

Resistance bands Opti Hip | £ 14.99 at Argos
A pair of elastic booty bands that will improve your lower body workouts without slipping or rolling, this pack includes bands in two sizes (14 inches and 16 inches), making them ideal for different lower body workouts.
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Gaiam Restoration Kit | £ 17.49 at John Lewis
This set of three resistance bands is designed for upper and whole body workouts. Each band is a strap rather than a buckle, making it a great choice for working on shoulder flexibility. An exercise guide is included to help you get started.
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The best dumbbell deals in the U.S.

FILA neoprene hand weights | $ 26.31 at Walmart
This 5lb simple dumbbell is covered with neoprene to avoid scratching your floor and has a practical hexagonal shape to prevent it from rolling out of reach. Its weight is ideal if you are just starting out or if you want to add extra effort to your resistance band workouts.

Hand dumbbell shaped gymnast | $ 9.99 at Walmart
This pair of ergonomic weights can be light (just 2 lbs each), but as noted above, using them with a resistance band makes them feel a lot heavier. They're also very affordable, but could sell out quickly, so act quickly to grab a set before you go.
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Amazon Basics Vinyl Dumbbells | $ 27.99 at Amazon
If you're looking for something heavier, Amazon Basics has you covered. These simple dumbbells are in stock and available in 2lb, 10lb, 15lb or 20lb versions. The vinyl covering helps prevent them from slipping and the shape prevents accidental rolling.
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The best dumbbell deals in the UK

Men's Rubber Dumbbell Set | £ 19.99 at Argos
A pair of simple but effective dumbbells, and one of the few sets readily available from Argos. This 5 kg weight pair is covered with latex-free rubber to save your floors from scratches, with a chrome knurled bar for extra grip. They are now available for delivery throughout the UK, but stock is limited.
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