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Resistance Bands

Fitness Nook、Fitness Resources、Equipment Buying Guide:Resistance Bands

Fitness Nook、Fitness Resources、Equipment Buying Guide:Resistance Bands

Resistance Band

Even though at the first glance, resistance bands seem to be simple in its design and construction, there are many subtle details that determine the effectiveness and comfort of your resistance band workout. Having a set of well-designed and manufactured resistance bands will definitely add value to your fitness equipment collection, even if you already have weights. There are three main types of resistance bands: tube, strip, and loop. Tube resistance bands are most common for home fitness, while strip and loop resistance bands are more widely used in rehab, yoga, and Pilates. This buying guide focuses on tube resistance bands.

Fitness Nook、Fitness Resources、Equipment Buying Guide:Resistance Bands

Resistant bands given a variety of different names and are also sold under different names. For example, you may see them being called exercise bands, therapy bands, stretch cords, resistance tubing, flat bands, thera-bands etc. Generally these bands, whether flat or tube form are both elastic exercise devices and can be used to strengthen your body. Though they can sometimes be used interchangeably, there are big differences between the two. Depending on your training level and the type of exercise, you may choose one over the other.

Fitness Nook、Fitness Resources、Equipment Buying Guide:Resistance Bands

*For safety, always check tubing and bands for tears, nicks, or worn spots and replace when they show signs of damage.

Flat resistance Bands

Fitness Nook、Fitness Resources、Equipment Buying Guide:Resistance Bands

Flat resistance bands are primarily used for therapeutic or rehabilitative exercises, conditioning and training, and commonly used in Pilates and yoga to help improve strength and range of motion. They are extremely light, portable, versatile and easy to use. They are good for a variety of upper and lower body exercises.

Also available are flat loop resistance bands. Flat loop resistance bands are similar to the flat band except that they are pre-formed into a continuous loop. Though a flat strip band can be tied at the ends to form a loop for certain exercises, having an actual loop band can be more convenient to use as eliminate the need to tie and untie. These circular bands are ideal for leg, hip and glute exercises.

Resistance Level

There is a variety of colour-coded resistance levels available. Thickness of the material will vary by brand as well as by resistance level, but generally range from 0.2mm-0.8mm. Generally, colour to resistance is as

Color Resistance
Pink Extra Light
Yellow Light
Green Medium
Red Heavy
Blue Extra Heavy

Why is it important?

Having the desired resistance level is essential to achieve your fitness goals.

What's the trade off?

More resistance = more $

What to consider?

Resistance level in the band increases as the bands gets stretched.

If you are using primarily resistance bands, you might want to purchase a set of resistance bands consisting of varying levels of resistance, instead of just 1 or 2.

What's on the market?

Resistance levels ranging from extra light to extra-heavy are available on the market. It is also possible to purchase bulk rolls thereby allowing you to cut to the desired length. Precut bands generally range from 4 feet-7 feet long. Latex-free bands are also available for those sensitive to latex.

Links:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/251680-the-difference-between-resistance-tubing-vs-resistance-bands/

http://www.bestresistancebands.net/flat-resistance-bands-vs-tubes/

http://www.top.me/fitness/resistance-bands-the-ultimate-guide-9561.html

http://garagegymbuilder.com/resistance-bands-guide/

Strength (Pullup) Bands

Fitness Nook、Fitness Resources、Equipment Buying Guide:Resistance Bands

Similar in concept to a continuous flat loop resistance band. Strength bands are narrower, thicker, and more durable and are usually made from heavy duty latex rubber. They offer a greater resistance and are useful for strength training on their own or as an additional resistance to your strength/weighted exercises, and can also be used to assist in pullups, dips and other various other calisthenics.

Strength bands come in a variety of lengths and thicknesses. The thicker the band, the more resistance it provides. The shorter the length, the thicker the band, the more resistance it provides. If you use these bands for assisted pullups, keep in mind that the more resistance the band offers the more assistance it will give you, that is, the easier the exercise will be.

These types of bands are colour coded as well to indicate their resistance level and may differ depending on the brand or manufacturer. They can range from 15 lb. to 200 lb. resistance. The thickness or width of the band can range from ½” to 3” wide.

Links:

http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/detail/view/name/band-assisted-pull-up

http://garagegymbuilder.com/best-pull-up-bands/

http://garagegymbuilder.com/resistance-bands-guide/

Resistance Level

Fitness Nook、Fitness Resources、Equipment Buying Guide:Resistance Bands

Why is it important?

Having the desired resistance level is essential to achieve your fitness goals.

What's the trade off?

More resistance = more $

What to consider?

Resistance level in the band increases as the bands gets stretched.

If you are using primarily resistance bands, you might want to purchase a set of resistance bands consisting of varying levels of resistance, instead of just 1 or 2.

What's on the market?

Resistance from an ultra-heavy band can go up to 20 lbs.

Handle Construction

Why is it important?

You don't want the resistance bands to hurt or dig into your hand/wrist/arm.

What's the trade off?

Better design = more $ (usually)

What to consider?

Watch out for the connection between the tube and the handle. If you see a big chunky connector, chances are they will dig into your arm in certain positions.

Adjustable resistance bands typically don't feel as smooth.

Pay special attention to the shape and material of the handles. You want them to be easy to hold and grip.

What's on the market?

A wide variety of designs are available.

Snap Protection

Why is it important?

A band with some form of snap protection is safer to use. If the resistance band breaks, snap protection prevents the elastic from hitting you in case the band breaks during use.

What's the trade off?

Extra protection = more $ (usually)

What to consider?

If you don’thave snap protection, then inspecting the band before each use is even more important. Do not use if you see holes or rips, or thinning in the elastic, or if the connection of elastic to handle is not secure.

What's on the market?

Both with and without protection are available.

Note:

While purchasing resistance bands, it will be good to also consider if you need any accessories. For example, having a door anchor will be very beneficial for back muscle training.

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