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Any healthy home fitness program involves balance. Focusing solely on weight lifting, or cardio, or any one area leads to muscles becoming used to that workout. Eventually, the fitness program becomes less effective in both building lean muscle mass and in reducing body fat. Cross training, then, becomes vital to keeping any home fitness program fresh and effective.

Costly equipment, home gym systems or a gym membership are not needed to get effective cross training results. Products such as Wacess Fitness resistance band sets help the user to implement a variety of exercises at a very reasonable cost. The entire kit fits in a pouch easily carried in a purse or briefcase, and weighs almost nothing. Effective workouts can be done at home, the office or on the road, almost anywhere.

Physical therapists use a band system much like the Wacess products for rehab patients following surgery or injury. For instance, leg injuries that benefit from resistance bands include those targeted to the hamstrings, quadriceps, ankles, and the muscles supporting the knees. The Wacess products resistance bands allow the user to gradually increase the effort needed to complete the exercise, as the user becomes stronger.

Furthermore, resistance bands double the benefits of the exercise performed. They require the user to exert muscle effort in two directions simultaneously throughout the movement, rather than only up or down, as in traditional leg exercises with weights. This makes resistance bands beneficial for muscle mass and strength increase, weight loss, rehabilitation, and in conjunction with other programs like yoga and the P90X system.

Leg trainings are perhaps the most beneficial to the home fitness program, in that they use several of the largest muscle groups in the body. The quadriceps and the glutes burn more calories more than any in the rest of the body. The gluteus maximus is the largest muscle of the body, and the quadriceps the strongest. Using resistance bands with these targets increases the fat burn and builds lean muscle quickly.

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With smaller muscle groups, such as shoulders, back, chest, triceps, biceps, calves and forearms resistance training is vital. These areas need muscle strength to provide support for multiple bones and joints in the arms, legs and torso. Resistance bands such as those provided with the Wacess system are an excellent source of such workouts. The risk of injury with resistance training is also much less than with traditional free weights or a home gym set up.

Of course, any program of cross training and resistance band training still needs to be balanced with regular cardio exercise such as walking, jogging, biking or swimming. Weight training with free weights or a home gym system is useful to build muscle bulk and to strengthen bones. Balance is the key in any home fitness program, and resistance bands are a vital, portable and easy to use solution.