Earlier used as fitness equipment resistance bands and tubes are nowadays commonly used by physiotherapists for rehabilitation as well. In some ways they are similar because both of them provide some form of resistance allow a free range of motion and allow a variable speed of movement. But are they better than weights? Here's what the experts had to say: Benefits over weights 'There are numerous benefits over weights. They're inexpensive require virtually no maintenance and one band alone can be used for numerous movements. They can be carried anywhere and one band can be used for many different movements.