What are the differences between resistance bands and resistance tubes?

Man using resistance bands at home in living room


Resistance bands and resistance tubes are both popular tools for strength training, yoga, Pilates and rehabilitation exercises, but they have some key differences:


    • Resistance Bands: These are flat, wide bands that are often made of latex or rubber. They are usually about 3 to 4 feet long.
    • Resistance Tubes: These are typically made of a stretchable rubber tube with handles on either end. The tubes can vary in length, and some may come with additional attachments.


    • Resistance Bands: Generally, bands do not have handles. They are designed to be gripped directly.
    • Resistance Tubes: Have handles attached to the ends, providing a comfortable and secure grip.


    • Resistance Bands: You can anchor them by tying knots, looping around a stationary object, or using a door anchor.
    • Resistance Tubes: Often come with a door anchor that allows you to secure them in a door frame for various exercises.


    • Resistance Bands: They are versatile and can be used for a wide range of exercises. Their flat design allows for different hand positions.
    • Resistance Tubes: Also versatile, but the handles make them particularly useful for exercises that involve pulling or pushing.


    • Resistance Bands: Can be prone to wear and tear, especially if they come into contact with rough surfaces or sharp objects.
    • Resistance Tubes: Tend to be more durable, but they can still wear out over time, particularly at the attachment points.


    • Resistance Bands: Generally more affordable.
    • Resistance Tubes: May be a bit more expensive, especially if they come with additional features or attachments.


    • Resistance Bands: Compact and easy to carry, making them great for travel or home workouts.
    • Resistance Tubes: Also portable, but the handles can make them slightly less compact.

Both resistance bands and tubes offer effective resistance for strength training, and the choice between them often comes down to personal preference and the type of exercises you plan to do.