Are Deadlifts and Squats as good with resistance bands as they are with weights?

Just a few thoughts. Barbells are ideal, but if you are limited on equipment, I would suggest dumbbells rather than bands. Bands will pull your body in a different way and will probably be pretty awkward to use for both. Dumbbells however, offer a few options. For squats, you could hold the dumbbells at shoulder level, you can hold them to your sides (more of a hack squat for comparison) or you can do something called a Goblet Squat where you hold one to your chest (just YouTube it).

For deadlifts, you have a few options. You can start with them more in front of your shins to get a closer movement to a barbell deadlift, or you can start with them more to the side which will be closer to something like a trap bar deadlift. Again, YouTube will be your friend. Another option for deadlifts is a variation called a Romanian deadlift (RDL). With this, you keep your legs much more straight (not stiff legged, just a slight bend). This variation focuses on the hamstrings and is excellent. You can also do a single legged RDL variation with dumbbells as well which is great when you have progressed in weight where your dumbbells no longer cut it for a standard RDL.


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