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So, you feel you’ve mastered squats, eh? Sounds like it might be time to turn things up a notch with resistance bands. They’re particularly effective at increasing the difficulty of even the most basic bodyweight exercises and can help you get in a good, tough workout from the comfort of your own living room. Even better? They take up practically no space. Here are three of our favorite sets of bands (for every budget and fitness level) to help you amp up your workouts.


Letsfit Resistance Loop Bands

The Facts:

  • Five bands with varying levels of resistance
  • Comes in a handy travel case
  • Made from premium natural latex

We’ve all been there: The lowest resistance band isn’t enough of a challenge, but the next one up is a bit too much. That’s why this Goldilocks collection of loops is such a game-changer. With five levels of resistance, one of them is sure to make you really feel the burn.

Buy it ($10 for set of five)

Perform Better Exercise Mini Band

The Facts:

  • Bright, color-coded resistance levels
  • Comes with an exercise guide to get you started
  • Available in nine-, 10- or 12-inch loops

One graphic designer recommended this four-pack for anyone else who tends to travel often. “I love incorporating resistance bands into my routine and they’re especially handy for travel. I pack these in my bag so I can get in a quick sweat sesh in my hotel room, on the beach, in my parent’s living room, basically wherever.” Plus, if you accidentally leave one of the colors behind (hey, it happens), you can restock on any one resistance individually without having to buy all four all over again.

Buy it ($18 for set of four)

WOOSL Resistance Bands Stretch Resistance Loops Anti Slip Elastic

The Facts:

  • Knit fabric is much less likely to roll during exercises
  • Elastic lining keeps everything in place
  • Comes with a three-year warranty

Resistance bands are very effective—but only if they manage to stay in place. Regular latex or elastic bands have a tendency to roll up or shift during workouts, but not these Woosl bands. The soft fabric loops will stay put on even the slickest legging material and won’t stretch out (or worse, snap) over time.

Buy it ($22 for set of three)

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