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Noom Coach vs MyFitnessPal – Calorie Counting Made Simple

Which Program Gets You The Best Results?

When it comes to losing weight and looking great, we all know that what it really comes down to is calories. If you burn more calories than you consume, you will lose weight. If you consume more calories than your burn, you will gain weight.

So how are you supposed to keep track of the calories you consume daily?

With so many weight loss programs out there, there are two programs in particular that strive to make calorie counting a lot easier. Noom Coach vs MyFitnessPal.

So instead of having to write every meal you ate that day in a journal, you can log them electronically.

But is calorie counting really effective when it comes to weight loss? Some would say it takes a bit more than that to be successful.

Well in this article, I will be going over both fitness programs and seeing what makes each program different. This will help make your choice of which one will work best for you much easier.

Noom Coach vs MyFitnessPal Comparison

Noom Coach

    • A dedicated coaching team
    • Unlimited access to a Health Professional
    • 24/7 Personal and Group support
    • Fully Customized Plan
    • Easy to use Food Logging and Calorie tracking
    • Over a Thousand Healthy Recipes that you can log
    • Award Winning Technology


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MyFitnessPal

    • Comprehensive Database of over 3 million foods
    • Scan bar codes, save your favorites, add multiple foods, save entire meals at once
    • Create your own Foods and Exercises
    • Track all Major Nutrients and keep Progress Reports
    • View Personal Goals
    • Backup you Data Online
    • Diet with Friends and easily Track and Support each other’s progress
    • Over 350 Exercises


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Key Differences Between Noom and MyFitnessPal

Yes both programs primary duty is to help you lose weight by allowing you to keep track of what you eat, but how they go about it is a little different. This will give you a bit of insight as to which program will help you the most in reaching your weight loss goals.

Noom Coaching

If you’ve tried every diet program out there, what you may have been missing is a person to help guide you through it all. One of the most difficult things for those dealing with weight issues, is the fact that they go it alone.

Having support is crucial for those that struggle with health. Noom Coach provides you with just that. You get a team of not only health coaches, but also psychologists that understand the mental aspect of creating healthy habits.

MyFitnessPal

Considered one of the more popular calorie counting weight loss programs, they offer a vast amount of features to make that process much simpler.

In terms of support, although you may not get the 24/7 support you would get with Noom, MyFitnessPal has a community forum where you can discuss with other like minded people looking to lose weight.

Which Is The More Accurate Calorie Counter?

Noom

As you go into the app, noom makes it easy to log your meals. Once you select the “log your meals feature,” they categorize the meals based on the time of day. So if it’s morning time, naturally you would select the breakfast category.

From there they ask you to search your food. So since I usually eat boiled eggs in the morning, I was interested to see what options were available to me. They even give you the option of the type of eggs you make.

I chose boiled eggs to make it easier to determine the accuracy. The amount of calories listed in their database was 78 calories. The actual amount labeled on my cart of eggs was 80. So it was off by 2 which is pretty good.

MyFitnessPal

Navigating to find the food I was preparing to eat was also pretty simple on the MFP app, which is how it should be. Losing weight alone is difficult enough.

With MFP, I also selected eggs as my choice of meal, and was surprised to see that same boiled egg at 82 calories. It was also off by 2 calories so can’t be too chapped about that I guess.

So when it comes to calorie counting, it really depends on where each program is getting the nutritional facts from. Also, keep in mind that calorie counting is never going to be totally accurate, so take it all with a grain of salt.

Advantage: Tie

Which Program Offers Better Support?

Noom

Going it alone can be a very difficult thing in any situation. Especially for those that struggle with motivation and discipline, which is necessary to be successful with weight loss.

This is what makes Noom Coaching so unique. Not only are you getting the tools to help make sure your weight loss journey is simplified, but you also get a team of health professionals to help guide you along the way.

With noom you get professionals who have experience with psychology, social work and nutrition. As a member, you get access to these professionals to handle not just the physical aspect of losing weight, but the mental part as well.

With live tips and suggestions on eating habits, noom gives you the support of a personal trainer and health coach, without the expensive costs.

MyFitnessPal

There is both a free subscription and a paid for subscription. Other than a community forum, the free version doesn’t offer much in terms of professional support. Although many have found the community to be very helpful.

As for the paid version, you are given priority customer support if you ever have any issues with your service. Unfortunately for some, this may not be considered the support needed in terms of losing weight.

Advantage: Noom

Which Program Is Easier To Use?

Noom

When you start to become more aware of what you’re putting in our body, you’ll notice yourself eating the same things often. This made logging my food in noom very easy since they are able to save your meals from previous days.

Even if you find yourself eating something different, you can always use their search feature, or the bar code scanner. So you should have no issue being able to log your foods quickly as you go about your day.

You can also log your exercise, weight, blood pressure, and blood glucose. Everything is made available for you to view right on your dashboard. And if it’s not, noom makes for easy navigation within the app.

I did have bit of an issue trying to connect Noom to my fitbit. When I looked for directions on the noom site, the directions were different then what was actually showing up on my app. Eventually I was able to figure it out, but I did find the process a bit inconvenient

MyFitnessPal

I found navigating through MFP very simple. Whether I needed to log my meals, or connect to available devices, I had zero issue doing so.

This made getting started simple since we all know how difficult getting started can be for many. Knowing that you can quickly do things like add foods, track your steps, and log your exercise, removes one hurdle many tend to face when getting started.

MFP also has a bar code scanner for those that were wondering. This of course will allow you to get all the info needed to make sure the program is recording everything accurately.

Advantage: Slight Edge MFP

Cost of Each Program

Noom

If all you’re looking to do is log your meals and count your steps, you can do that with noom’s free app. You can set your target weight goal and still get access to logging your meals and calories.

But the real value of this service is in their premium package where you are given all the tools to succeed. Most importantly, their team of health specialists to help guide you through your journey of healthier living.

Noom offers 3 different packages. They have a 2 month plan at $49.50/month, the 4 month plan at $32.25/month (most popular), and the monthly plan at $59/month. They do offer a 14 day free trial for you to try and see if it is something you would like.

MyFitnessPal

There is both free access and a paid for subscription to the myfitnesspal service. When it comes to features, they offer so much that many feel the free version is good enough. Some have even claimed to get amazing results.

But for those that feel the free version isn’t enough, you can purchase their subscription package. The cost will either be $9.99/month or $49.99/year.

With the paid version, you get things like:

  • Nutrient Dashboard
  • Food Analysis
  • Set calorie goals by meal
  • Daily exercise calorie goals
  • Add carbs, protein, and fat by grams

These are just some of the features you get as a premium member. But more than likely you will find that the free feature will be just what you need to help you reach your fitness goals.

Advantage: MyFitnessPal

Overall Conclusion

Noom and MyFitnessPal are both great tools to have to help you in your weight loss journey. Calorie counting can be a very tedious process, but both services make the process very simple with their easy to use apps.

But what seems to separate the two services from one another comes down to two things:

  • Support
  • Money

Noom coaching provides you with a team of highly skilled professionals that help you go deeper into why you may be struggling to lose weight. Since we know that failure to lose weight is not only physical, but can be mental as well.

And noom does a great job of providing you with a team to help get you through some of those mental hurdles.

But this support does come at a cost.

Which is something you don’t really have to worry about with MyFitnessPal. If having a team of professional isn’t a priority for you, then this free app should work well for you. They give you all the tools necessary to make calorie counting simple.

So when deciding between Noom Coach vs MyFitnessPal, you really have to understand your needs when it comes to losing weight. If you’ve tried other calorie counting tools and haven’t found success, then getting professional help is what you may need.

And since that can be expensive, Noom provides this help for you at a fraction of the cost. They even give you an opportunity to try it free for 14 days.

So that’s my take. I would love to hear your thoughts on what tools you use to help you get in shape. Please feel free to leave a comment down below.

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Boot Camp Workouts vs Personal Training – Which Is More Effective?

people exercising on row machinesWhen it comes to getting in shape, some people like to either workout individually or with a group. Two methods that come to mind that fit either mold is boot camp workouts or personal training.

So when deciding between boot camp workouts vs personal training, you have to figure out which type of workout would be best for your fitness needs.

Both methods can be very effective, but success will depend on a few factors. Things like cost and motivation are two of the biggest factors that will help determine if you are able to be successful or not.

And in today’s article, I will be going over the differences between both training methods, and what it will take for you to reach your fitness goals.

Difference Between Boot Camp Workouts vs Personal Training

Maybe the biggest difference between the two methods is the amount of people that will be getting the actual training.

With a personal trainer, you can expect to have one maybe two people at a time going through the actual training.

With a boot camp workout, you can expect anywhere from 3 to 100 people at a given time. Of course all this is dependent on the amount of space that is available. So although 100 may seem high, it is definitely possible.

So now it’s time to compare what makes each method different. Which will give you an idea of which one will work best for you.

Boot Camp Workouts vs Personal Training: A Quick Comparison

Motivation

Boot Camp

Because bootcamp workouts tend to have multiple people, this for many can be a huge motivator. Knowing that others are working hard during class, will motivate you to work just as hard.

Because who wants to be seen as the person in class not trying their best. Some would call this positive peer pressure.

Boot camps can be great for those that struggle working out by themselves and need that extra kick in the butt to get them going.

Personal Training

If you’ve ever hired a personal trainer, then more than likely you did it to get that knowledgeable expert to help you reach your fitness goals.

Personal trainers can be a great way to get that personalized attention that many need when it comes to their workouts. Knowing that you are getting someone that has experience with getting people in shape can be invaluable.

Compared to boot camps, hiring a personal trainer is great for those that feel uncomfortable working out with a bunch of people.

Affordability

Boot Camp

Along with motivation, cost is maybe the second biggest reason boot camps are so popular. Due to the amount of people you usually find in a class, you can easily find the cost per class to be no more than $10.

This can make for getting in shape very economical.

Now with this cost amount, comes lack of attention. With so many people coming in to get a workout, it would be hard for the instructor to find time to counsel everyone who has a question that is fitness related.

Personal Training

The one on one attention you get from a personal trainer comes at a cost to your wallet. You can easily expect the rate to be at least $40 an hour, and this is on the very low end.

But even at $40, if you have one session a week, this would cost you $160 for the month. And depending on your fitness goals, more than likely, one session a week will not be enough.

So personal training definitely isn’t cheap. But with this cost, you are getting the personal attention that one wouldn’t normally get with a boot camp workout.

And for some, the cost is worth the prices to change your life physically.

Customization

Boot Camp

Depending on the type of boot camp class you are taking, more than likely it will involve doing the same types of workouts. There may be a slight variation in the type of exercises you do, but the format will be the same.

So let’s say during your bootcamp training, you were able to lose a good amount of weight. But now you want to take your fitness training to the next level and want to build muscle. It would be hard to do so since the class isn’t personalized for any specific fitness need.

So you would either have to find another method of training, or just deal with what you got. Which could prove ineffective as you try to improve on your fitness goals.

Personal Training

The great thing about hiring a personal trainer is that they are able to customize a workout program based on your fitness needs.

Whether you’re trying to burn fat, build muscle or improve flexibility, you can discuss this with your trainer.

Not only will you be getting a program designed specifically for you, but you will also learn more about how you body responds to certain exercises.

Also, if you are someone that struggles with healthy eating, you can ask to get customized meal plans to help you with your diet.

Why You Should Try Boot Camp Style Training

As someone who is a kickboxing instructor, I’ve spoken to many people who decided to become members. There were many reasons why they decided to join, but one of the biggest reasons was due to not getting results at the gym.

Or maybe they find the gym to be boring. And yes a gym membership may not be that much cost wise, but it can be costly if you find yourself not going and money is still being taken out of your account. Which is very common especially come new years.

Cost is also another reason many prefer bootcamp workouts to personal training. You can still get great results at a much more affordable cost.

Why You Should Hire a Personal Trainer

Although boot camps are more affordable per class, it can be frustrating for many that are looking to get expert advice from the instructor.

With so many people taking the class, unless you know the instructor personally, it can be almost impossible to get that one on one time with them.

So hiring a personal trainer may be the next best option. Knowing that you will have the attention of your trainer for the allotted time can be crucial. And depending on the trainer, they may even give you the ok to contact them via text or phone call.

This type of attention can be a key component to finding success when it comes to your fitness goals.

Which Method Is More Effective

Both can be very effective depending on the level of effort given and the guidance from the instructor or trainer.

When deciding which training method is best for you…

…it really depends on your preference. Knowing which type of training will motivate you the most. Do you prefer working out in a group, or would you rather have that one on one attention.

These are things you need to know before deciding how you should start your fitness journey.

You also want to keep in mind what you are able to afford. If money is an issue, you may want to get involved in a boot camp type training.

So which training method do you prefer. Please share your thoughts below.

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Core Training vs Strength Training – Which Is More Important?

It’s easy to confuse the difference between core training vs strength training. Especially when you can consider core training a part of your strength training routine.

So what’s the difference?

Although strength training is a very popular exercise routine that many perform, core training is usually a forgotten part of that training. Even though core training is considered to be very important when it comes to better overall health.

Also, you may not be aware of it, but many of your current exercises involve the use of your core.

two people doing one arm pushups

So which type of training is more important?

In today’s article, I will be going over the differences between both training methods, and breaking down what makes each of them effective.

After you’ve finished reading, you will have a better idea of which training method to implement in your workout routine.

Difference Between Core Training and Strength Training

The core involves more than just ab muscles, but also lower back and glute muscles as well. So when you hear people talking about core training, many times they are referring to core stability.

Which is important in aiding other movements of the body. And since the core involves the midsection, improving the strength of this area is key strengthening other areas of the body.

When talking about strength training, it’s more about the total body overall. Now you might be thinking that by doing strength training, you will also be working on the core. Although this may be true, you will learn that the core needs dedicated focus.

So getting back to strength training, you will usually see weights involved in this process. You may see people doing exercises that involve pulling, pushing or pressing with the legs.

So normally you will see people performing exercises like:

  • Pushups
  • Pullups
  • Squats
  • Rows

Working on the larger muscles of the body like the back, chest and legs, are key to building the best amount of strength overall.

Core Training vs Strength Training: A Quick Comparison

Equipment

woman planking on mat

Core Training

Although you can do core exercises that involved using fitness equipment, you can get away with not using them and still build a solid core.

If you don’t believe me, just look at yoga or pilates. The exercises they do rely mainly of core training. And if you’ve taken a yoga or pilates class or know of anyone who has, then you know how difficult it can be.

Building the core is about maintaining stability while engaging core muscles. Thus not a lot of equipment is needed in order to build a stronger core.

Strength Training

Equipment is not always needed when performing strength training, but in order to get stronger, you will need to add  more resistance. This is why you will see many debate which is better between bodyweight training and weight training.

But most often than not, when someone is performing a strength training routine, you will usually see heavy weight lifting involved. The goal being to increase weight each time you workout with weights.

Muscle Building

woman showing core muscles

Core Training

Building the core has more to do with strength and stability, rather than building muscle. Unless you are in a bodybuilding competition where muscle definition is important, than building muscles in the abs, lower back and glutes are important.

Assuming you’re not a bodybuilder, you will be more concerned with building the core in a way that will help improve other movements the body performs.

And hey, if you happen to build a little bit of muscle during the whole process, that’s just an added bonus.

Strength Training

More times than not, building muscle will be the goal when performing strength training workouts. Building strength is all about adding enough resistance that will allow you to perform a certain amount of reps during a set.

So how many reps should you perform during a set to help build strength?

The amount of reps you should target is is no more than 8 reps. Being able to add the maximum amount of weight that allows you to get towards that rep amount, will help you get stronger as you continue with your routine.

Accessibility

woman posing outdoors

Core Training

The great thing about core training is that it can be done pretty much anywhere. There’s no need for fancy equipment or extra space. All you need is a yoga mat and your body, and you can strengthen the core with ease.

Even if you had something as simple as an ab roller, you can perform your core workouts without needing too much space. This is the convenience that core workouts provide if you are someone that lacks core strength.

Strength Training

Unless you have your own home gym setup where you have available fitness equipment, you will need access to a gym in order to perform your workouts.

This will require you to hold yourself accountable for keeping up with your gym routine. If you are someone that travels a lot, you will have trouble being consistent, unless you can find access to a gym wherever you travel.

Why Core Strength Is Important

Many can attribute lower back pain to lack of core strength. Unless your back pain was caused from some type of trauma, more than likely you can cure your back pain by strengthening the core.

The problem is, training the core isn’t the most sexiest thing to do since the results are not always obvious. People are all about showing off their, so unless the results are obvious, it’s easy to doubt the effectiveness.

But those that are hardcore in their fitness routine, understand how important it is to focus on the core above anything else. They know how much one can improve in other areas of fitness, just by getting the core stronger.

So if you’re looking to improve your squats, bench press or other functional movements, building up that core is a crucial element that shouldn’t be ignored

More Reading: Top 5 Core Exercises To Boost Your Abs

Why Strength Training is Important

man lifting barbell weight

Strength training can help build stronger bone density and can reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Not only that, but it can also help speed up your metabolism which is key to burning fat and losing weight.

The muscle that is built when performing this type of training, will not only make your workouts effective as you exercise, but after you’re done exercising as well. Your body will continue to burn calories while you rest, which will aid in weight loss.

Overall, you will notice your health improve dramatically. You will notice you getting sick less and having more energy throughout the day. Even your sleep will get better as you keep consistent with your weight training routine.

Final Thoughts

So when deciding between core training vs strength training, it’s important to understand that both are important. Both training methods will help improve your health overall.

You will notice the benefits of having a strong core when you see how much you improve in your strength training exercises. This is why it’s important to never neglect the core as it has a direct benefit to your other exercises.

So how has your core training help improve your workouts overall. Please feel free to share your thoughts below.

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Bodyweight Training vs Weight Training – Building Leaner Muscles

Let’s be honest, bodyweight training is something we’ve all been trying to master since infancy.

Whether we’re trying to push up our bodies when waking up from a nap, or learning how to take those first steps. We are always using our body to perform daily functional movements.

So when it comes to comparing bodyweight training vs weight training, the one thing many people wonder is…

…can bodyweight exercises make you stronger?

woman in plank position

As you gain more experience when it comes to your exercise routine, you will learn that it is possible to get great results with just bodyweight training alone.

Results that can be attained without touching a single weight.

And in today’s post, I will be going over the differences between the two training methods, and how they can be used in your workout routine.

Based on your fitness goals, you will be able to determine which method will work best for you as you continue to take your body to new levels.

What Is a Body Weight Workout?

For those that may be a bit unfamiliar as to what bodyweight training is, it’s an exercise routine that relies primarily on exercises using just the body as resistance. There are no weights that is needed in order to achieve various fitness goals.

An example would be…using resistance bands instead of dumbbells, or doing push ups instead of doing a barbell bench press. These are just a two examples out of many other exercises that can be performed using just the body alone.

Now let’s get to the comparisons…

Bodyweight Exercises vs Weight Training

Fitness Level

man planking on bars

Bodyweight Training

Getting in shape is all about progression. Which is no wonder why most people who are new to exercise, start off doing bodyweight exercises.

This is usually a great way to work on simple exercise techniques as you progress to more advanced exercises. Not only is it easy to learn, but it doesn’t cost much to get started.

Also, it doesn’t require much help as you can easily do simple exercises like pushups and squats. This can be great for those that are concerned about getting injured due to lack of experience.

Weight Training

Training that involves weights can be used with a variety of different fitness equipment. Whether you’re into machines or free weights, these are the types of tools that tend to be used when performing any type of weight training.

As you can see, in order to perform this type of training, certain types of tools are required. Usually you would find these types of equipment in any fitness establishment like a gyms or studio. The home is also an option if you prefer to workout at home.

Now if you’re a beginner, more than likely you would need someone who is experienced to help you out with your training. This could be with either a personal trainer or a friend that works out consistently.

There is always a risk for injury when dealing with weights, so extreme caution should be taken for any beginner.

If you’re a beginner and really want to try weight training, using machines at the gym is a great place to start. They do restrict movement which limits the natural range of motion, but they are great for those that lack experience when it comes to weight training.

Edge goes to: Bodyweight Training

Levels of Resistance

row of dumbbells

Bodyweight Training

Obviously when it comes to resistance levels, you are limited to your weight in a sense. Like for many females, doing push ups can be a struggle due to lack of upper body strength.

Now although you could always challenge yourself in terms of the amount reps, increasing the resistance difficult may be a bit challenging. Therefore you may have a hard time gauging your strength level.

But if you are looking to challenge yourself, you can always try to perform as many pushups as possible in a minute, then try to beat that personal best. Or you can try to perform as many pushups you can in a day.

these are a couple of ways to track your progress as you get into your training routine.

Weight Training

When it comes to adding resistance, there is no better method than lifting heavy weights. The heavier the weight, the better the chance of you being able to build muscle.

Unlike bodyweight training, you can increase or decrease the amount of weight you use when performing a particular exercise. Whether you are using dumbbells, squat machines, or the barbell bench, you can increase the weight.

Since building muscle is all about tearing muscle fibers, being able to adjust resistance levels with your weights is necessary.

Not only is weight training good for building muscles, but it also helps in building strength.

Edge goes to: Weight Training

Convenience

person on tablet

Bodyweight Training

Nothing provides more convenience when it comes to exercise than bodyweight training. It doesn’t matter where you are, you can find a way to perform an exercise using just your body.

Some of those exercises are:

  • Pullups
  • Pushups
  • Squats
  • Planks
  • Calf Raises

Now let me be clear about something. Bodyweight training doesn’t necessarily mean there are no tools when performing them. It just means that the body is the primary form of resistance when exercising.

So when performing an exercise like pull ups, you will of course need a pull up bar in order to do them.

Weight Training

Unless you have your own home exercise equipment, more than likely you will have to attend the gym to perform any weight training. Which means you will have to sign up for a gym membership.

Although this is what many people do, there are also those that prefer to workout at home instead of the gym. If that is the case, then you will need to purchase your own set of equipment.

Making sure you get the right equipment is key to getting the results you are looking for. We’ve all heard the stories about how exercise equipment have a tendency to collect dust in the homes of many.

So making sure you get the right tools is key.

More Reading: 10 Reasons You’re Not Seeing Results in the Gym

Edge goes to: Bodyweight Training

Tracking Progress

color coded chart

Bodyweight Training

Since you are not using any fitness equipment, it can be somewhat difficult to track your goals when it comes to strength. The best way to track your progress would be with the amount of reps you can perform.

Although the amount of reps you perform isn’t always an indicator of how strong you are, but how much muscle endurance you have.

Regardless, tracking your progress with the amount of reps is a great way to see how much you have improved when it comes to bodyweight training. And you can still get great results using this as a method.

Weight Training

One of the best methods to track your progress when working out is weight training. Since your strength is determined by the amount of weight you are able to move.

Whether you are using dumbbells, weighted plates, or exercise machines, you will find them all numbered. Letting you know the exact amount of weight you will be attempting to lift.

These numbers allow you to easily track your progress with just a notepad or app on your phone as you increase or decrease in strength.

Are Bodyweight Exercises Good For Weight Loss?

When it comes to losing weight, there are many questions one could ask like, how often should you exercise to lose weight?

When simply, all it really comes down to is the amount of calories your body is able to burn.

Basically, if your body is able to burn more calories than you consume, then you will lose weight. This is called putting your body through a caloric deficit.

The same goes for gaining weight, if you consume more calories than you burn, you will gain weight.

So how do you make sure you are burning the most amount of calories when performing bodyweight exercises?

The best way is to make sure you keep your heart rate elevated by keeping the body moving. This is a big reason why HIIT workouts are so popular in the fitness industry. All you need is 15 minutes, and you can burn a decent amount of calories.

So to answer your question about if bodyweight exercises are good for weight loss. They can be as long as you are giving enough effort in your workouts.

One of the most efficient ways to burn calories and lose weight is by building muscle…

…which brings me to the next question.

Is Bodyweight Training Effective For Building Muscle?

Keep in mind that there can be an initial weight gain due to muscle mass being created, but there is better chance for weight loss long term.

So when it comes to answering question of bodyweight training and how effective it is for building muscle. My answer would be that it can be very effective.

man planking with dumbbells

More Reading: Losing Weight vs Losing Body Fat – What’s The Difference?

Now you won’t bulk up as much as you would if you used weights, but if all you’re looking to do is get that nice lean look, it is definitely achievable.

Remember, building muscle is all about tearing the fibers in your muscle. And by allowing those muscles to heal through rest, muscle development is created.

So Is Bodyweight Training as Effective as Weight Training?

Tell me if you’ve heard this before…it depends on your fitness goals. If you’re a beginner or are looking to just maintain your current fitness level, then bodyweight training can be a very effective method.

But if you are looking to take your fitness to another level, then weight training can do just that. Being able to increase the resistance level is very effective when looking to sculpt the body a certain way.

Weight training can help you build muscle in many areas of the body that bodyweight training alone wouldn’t be able to do.

So depending on your fitness goals, bodyweight training can be just as effective as weight training. Unless you are trying to build huge amounts of muscle mass.

So how do you go about your training? Do you prefer body weight training or weight training? Please share below.

Benefits Of Using Resistance Bands vs Dumbbells

woman doing push ups on exercise bands

Not everyone is a fan of using free weights. Which is probably why many are looking to use tools like resistance bands.

But what are some of the benefits of using resistance bands vs dumbbells?

Depending on your fitness goals, you will see that resistance bands can be just as effective as dumbbells.

Can resistance bands bulk you up?

If you’re goal is to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger in his prime, you may find yourself a bit disappointed. But it still may be possible to get that nice toned look you’re looking for.

Below you will find the differences of using resistance bands compared to dumbbells. Which will give you a pretty good idea which tool will be best to get you the results you’re looking for.

Why Use Resistance Bands?

There are many reasons why someone would prefer using resistance bands to other fitness tools. Many of these reasons I plan on going over in detail soon. But some of the reasons could be:

  • You have a home gym
  • Comfort
  • Rehabbing an injury
  • Affordability

Now that you see some of the reasons why one would use resistance bands, let’s go over some of the difference between resistance bands and dumbbells. This should give you a better understand of the benefits of both fitness tools.

Resistance Bands vs Dumbbell Weights

Risk of Injury

injured teddy bear

Resistance Bands

Resistance bands used to be a great tool for those recovering from injury or surgery to the shoulder. So it’s safe to assume that getting injured from using them are very minimal.

Due to the fact that not much gravity is required when using bands, the chance for injury is lessened.

Even better is the range of motion that is allowed when using resistance bands. This allows the joints to move freely as possible without having to worry about putting unnecessary stress on them.

Dumbbells

Depending on how heavy the weights are and the level of experience you have with using dumbbells, there can be a very high risk of injury. There is always a chance of your shoulder giving out or weights slipping out of your hand.

Although they allow for free movement as you workout, there can be a lot of stress put on the joints. A big reason for this is the body needs to be in a fixed position in order to perform certain movements.

Therefore the gravity put on the weights can cause stress on the joints if the exercise is not performed correctly.

Edge goes to: Resistance Bands

Levels of Resistance

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Resistance Bands

Increasing resistance used to be one of the biggest negatives when it came to resistance bands. You would have to buy multiple bands that gave you the tension you needed to build strength. It’s safe to say that this was a very annoying process.

Now you can buy kits where there are multiple bands that can be attached with ease. Allowing you to increase the tension as you get stronger.

Keep in mind that you are limited when it comes to the difficulty level. You pretty much have to work with whatever resistance band kit you decide to purchase.

Dumbbells

The great thing about using dumbbells is that they offer a variety of resistance levels to help you get stronger. If you’ve ever been in a gym, then you know you can find weight levels anywhere from 5 to 130 pounds.

The one negative with this is if you have a home gym, you would need a quite a bit of sets to get an effective exercise. But now with adjustable dumbbells, you can easily adjust the desired weight level with just the turn of a dial.

Edge goes to: Dumbbells

Convenience

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Resistance Bands

There’s nothing better than being able to bring your fitness equipment wherever you go. This can make working out simple especially if you are someone that travels often.

Obviously bands are very lightweight and portable, allowing you to take your workout on the go.

Dumbbells

The weight of dumbbells can make bringing your workout on the go very difficult. There’s really no convenient way to take them with you when traveling unless it is by car. This can cause your workout routine to be very inconsistent.

Edge goes to: Resistance Bands

Versatility

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Resistance Bands

The versatility of resistance bands make them a really popular choice when it comes to working out. Whether you are working on speed, power or strength, bands allow you to do this with ease.

There are endless things you can do with them when it comes to your workout as bands allow you to perform many different exercises. Using different angles and the range of motion that is allowed can make your workouts both quick and effective.

Dumbbells

Assuming you have all the necessary weight amounts to complete your workout, dumbbells also allow for a variety of exercises to be performed.

Also, with the ability to increase the resistance, you can add a level of intensity to your workouts which is key to getting results.

You can pretty much get a total body workout that will help burn more calories, which is key to effective weight loss.

Edge goes to: Both

Durability

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Resistance Bands

Another issue with bands was their tendency to break. Which would cause you to have to purchase a new set. Now with advancement in technology, instead of the rubber made bands many are used to seeing, they are now made of a cord like structure.

Allowing for more durability during each workout. Although there is always concern for breakage as wear and tear develops, you can expect the length of use to last for quite a while. Of course this depends on the type of band you purchase.

Dumbbells

There’s not a lot of worry when it comes to using dumbbells as they tend to be made of iron or steel. You can use them for years and the most damage you will probably see are some chips and dents.

Tracking Progress

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Resistance Bands

Since resistance levels are determined by things like the length, width and thickness of the band, it can be difficult to measure how much stronger you are actually getting. So when it comes to tracking progress, it’s not something you can put an actual number on.

This can make it difficult for those that like to track their progress on paper. You would have to go with more of a look and feel to see how you are progressing.

Dumbbells

Tracking your progress is made simple since dumbbells are measured by a weighted number. You know exactly if you are stronger as you increase or decrease in weight.

It’s also easier to have an idea of which weight is needed depending on which exercise you are doing. Compared to resistance bands, this can be difficult since there is no accurate way to really measure your strength with.

Are Resistance Bands Effective For Building Muscle?

When determining which tools to use to get the best results, it all comes down to what your goals are. If you’re looking to bulk up and develop a lot of muscle mass, then you might have some trouble using resistance bands.

Since building muscle is about creating enough resistance to tear muscle fibers, and then allowing them to heal, which is how muscle builds. Bands can be a bit limited when it comes to creating enough resistance against the muscles.

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But if you’re looking to build lean muscle and get that nice toned look, you can definitely achieve them using resistance bands. As long as you get the kits that allow you to switch up the tension level whenever you want.

This will allow you to progress through your workout as you continue to get stronger. Many kits have color coded bands so you can identify the bands with the stronger tension level. This makes getting through your workout much easier.

What Exercises Can You Do With Resistance Bands?

There are probably too many exercises to mention here in this article that you can do with resistance bands. But I will mention the key exercises that help you build muscles the quickest.

Working the largest muscles of the body like the chest, back, glutes and legs, will allow you to see results much quicker as opposed to working smaller muscles like biceps and triceps.

But here are some of the exercises that can be performed using resistance bands:

  • Push ups
  • Squats
  • Chin ups/Pull ups
  • Bicep/tricep curls
  • Shoulder press

These are just some of the exercises that can be performed that will give you the best results using resistance bands. There are many more exercises you can find that will allow you to maximize your workouts.

Resistance Bands Or Dumbbells: Which Is Better?

Both tools have their advantages and disadvantages when it comes to helping build muscles. But when it comes to deciding which one will give you the best results, that will depend on what you are trying to accomplish.

If you’re trying to maximize the amount of muscle you can build, dumbbells will help you do just that. Since they offer the greatest resistance against your muscles, this will allow you to bulk up more if this is what you’re looking to do.

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At the same, this type of resistance can be risky in terms of injury potential. Which makes resistance bands a better option. You may not be able to build the same type of muscles you would using dumbbells, but you can still get great results.

So when it comes to the benefits of using resistance bands vs dumbbells, knowing what you’re goals are will be key to making a decision.

So which fitness tool do you prefer? Feel free to share below.

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