The best resistance bands for every workout

The workout hack even Kayla Itsines would approve of.

For those looking for a quick and simple workout, if you haven’t owned one before, a quality set of resistance bands deserve a place in your arsenal of basic home gym equipment.

Whether you’re at the beginning of your fitness journey or an experienced gym-goer, you could still benefit from incorporating some resistance band exercises into your workout routine. You’d do well to consider investing in a quality protein powder as well to fast track your gains and keep you fuelled right.

We’ve rounded up the best resistance bands you can get in Australia across a range of training needs. 

Let’s get down to the details.

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What's resistance training good for?

It’s great for upper and lower body toning, strengthening and all-round mobility. If you’re looking to target your arms, legs, glutes and core, resistance training will definitely help with that. Resistance bands are super lightweight and portable so there’s no excuse why you can’t keep one at your desk when you need a quick stretch at work. You could even stow one for a sneaky 15-minute workout on your next weekend away.
activus resistance band set

1. Best resistance band set overall

  • Brand: Activus
  • Price: $39.95 for 16 pieces
  • Length: Varies
  • Resistance level: Light, medium, heavy, extra heavy (loop bands) and 4.4kg to 22kg (tube bands)

Whether you haven’t trained with resistance bands before or are just looking to add to your collection of home gym equipment, Activus’ massive 16-piece set has everything you need. You’ll get four loop resistance levels in different colours, plus five tube resistance levels for just $39.95.
The set also comes with two ankle straps, two cushioned handles, a door anchor and two different sized carry bags, so you can work out where and however you want.

2. Best resistance band set for booty building: ShapEx Booty Bands

  • Brand: ShapEx
  • Price: $24.80 for a 3-pack
  • Length: 33.5cm to 43.5cm
  • Resistance level: Light, medium, heavy

For those wanting to work on them booty gains, you can get a resistance band particularly targeted on working your butt into peachy shape.

ShapEx’s set of three booty bands is our top pick. For less than $25, you get three non-slip fabric (polycotton/latex blend) bands in different resistance levels, plus a carry bag and exercise guide. That’s a pretty decent deal.

3. Best resistance band set with handles: Fortis Resistance Band Set

  • Brand: Fortis
  • Price: $19.99 for 5
  • Length: N/A
  • Resistance level: 3kg to 14kg

4. Best mini resistance band set: Adidas Mini Bands

  • Brand: Adidas
  • Price: $19.95 for 3
  • Length: 30cm
  • Resistance level: Light, medium, heavy

5. Best heavy duty resistance band set: ShapEx Heavy Duty

  • Brand: ShapEx
  • Price: $44.99 for 4
  • Length: 208cm
  • Resistance level: 5kg to 79kg

If you want to take your strength training to the next level, ShapEx’s set of four heavy duty resistance bands is our top pick.

Each band is full body length and comes with varying thickness levels so they’re flexible enough to challenge beginners all the way through to experienced athletes. If you find the next level band too difficult, you can also double up with two of the lighter bands.

You can also use them to add some variety to your cross fit, powerlifting, TRX and chin-up routines.

6. Best resistance band for rehab/physio: Gaiam Performance Flatband

  • Brand: Gaiam
  • Price: $14.95 for one
  • Length: 180cm
  • Resistance level: 1kg to 3kg

7. Best resistance band set for yoga and pilates: ERUW Resistance Band Set

  • Brand: ERUW
  • Price: $10.65
  • Length: 1.5m, 1.8m and 2m
  • Resistance level: 8kg to 15kg

8. Best 5-level resistance band set: Elevans Resistance Loop Bands

  • Brand: Elevans
  • Price: From $11.99 for 5
  • Length: 25cm or 30cm
  • Resistance level: 4.5 kg to 23kg

If you’re looking for a simple set of bands with a variety of resistance levels, Elevans Resistance Loop Bands make for a good choice.

Unlike some other brands, you can choose whether you prefer a slightly shorter or longer band, which is great for shorties like me or if you’re focussing on upper body exercises.

Each band is also clearly labelled and comes in a different colour so you can’t mistake the heavier resistance band for the lighter one.

Our Bonus Picks

Kmart resistance bands

Kmart has a decent range of resistance bands you can easily pick up for $6 to $16. These are the current band types Kmart has on offer:

  • Light resistance muscle band (1.3cm)
  • Medium resistance muscle band (2.2cm)
  • Heavy resistance muscle band (3.2cm)
  • 3-pack tri-colour fabric bands with 3 resistance levels
  • 3-pack stretch bands with 3 resistance levels
  • 4-pack micro-stretch bands with 4 resistance levels

Big W resistance bands

While Big W’s range of resistance bands isn’t quite as impressive as Kmart’s (but then again, Kmart is king right?), it does have a few different products between $5 and $15.

Here’s what they’ve got so far:

  • Light resistance band (1.3cm)
  • Medium resistance band (2.2cm)
  • Resistance tube
  • 3-pack stretch bands
  • MB Active micro sculpting bands
  • MB Active medium power band

Target resistance bands

Target has a more limited variety of resistance bands available and both will set you back $20. They include the following:

  • FILA-branded 3-pack set
  • FILA heritage 3-piece set with handles

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