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  1. alex
    June 27, 2011

    you should check out JourneyGyms resistance band equipment. They have a portable suitcase with attached bands of assorted resistances.

  2. flat stomach exercises
    July 21, 2011

    Resistance bands may be simple, but they really do work.

  3. ElasticMan
    August 14, 2011

    Resistance bands work really well but some simply refuse to see that they do. We cling to what we know and cherish to the extent of blinding ourselves to other methods. Don’t forget that looks can be very deceiving….

  4. David
    December 7, 2011

    I use resistance bands in addition to free weights and have seen some good results. The massive amount of eccentric overload you can get with bands plus the increased ROM on a lot of exercises provides a nice change up to the regular routine.

  5. Dude1984
    December 15, 2011

    I have been using bands for a while. It wasn’t that long after I began using them that I went to use them exclusively. Bands on their own are really good. Combined with free weights they are awesome. When I go FW w/ RB, I go heavy bands with light to medium free weights.

    With the bands that I use, they have a graph that shows resistance of each band for x amount of inches you move them. I emailed the manufacturer to get more details and they responded:
    β€˜β€™To achieve the full resistance of our Fitness Cables you need to stretch the cable 2 times its resting length.
    For example let’s say you are using a 5ft long R8 cable. To do an arm curl you would step on the cable with both feet. Let’s assume there would be about 1 foot of cable between your feet. This would leave 2 ft on either side going up to the handles.
    To get the full 80lbs of the R8 cable you would need to now stretch the 2ft on each side to 4 ft by the end of the arm curl. So if you were able to freeze yourself at the point where your hand is up by your chin at the end of the arm curl the length of the cable from the handle to the floor would need to be 4ft long. This would mean each arm is doing 80lbs of resistance.’’

    Based on rate of change, you would need to move the resting length 100% to get the full resistance amount.

  6. brian
    December 28, 2011

    If you get resistance bands make sure you buy ones that are multi layered and off a lot of resistance, the cheapo sets on ebay are rated falsley and offer little to no resistance unless you use them all at once. I recommend a look at the ElastiTone bands (google them), the best dam bands at a good price that you will find, they are awesome, offer up to 135.5 Kilos of resistance, and i have seen good results with them. If you can do 20 curls with the orange band they will refund all your money to! im up to 15 curls then my arms fail lol,

  7. Tim
    February 22, 2012

    I am a strong believer in resistance bands. I am no body builder, so I can’t say whether you can get “big” with them. That has never been my aim. At age 54, and with a few injuries received during 21+ years in the military, I was looking for a way to burn fat, gain strength and build what muscle mass I could. I picked up a set of Bodylastics bands about a year ago, and have been using them about 4 times a week ever since. I have never had a band break on me and I am absolutely amazed at the results. I have lost about 30 pounds of fat and put on 20 pounds of muscle. They are awkward at first, but you have to stick with them. Once you get comfortable with the routines, you start noticing results quickly. I will never pick up a weight again.

  8. ElasticMan
    March 19, 2012

    Lately I have been using the Lifelineusa chest expander. It has two handle grips that you can use three resistant bands with. I have found that doing exercises with these, i.e pulling them apart in various different forms to be much more challenging than any of my free weight routines such as flyes or benchpress. I also find that the bands offer a challenge all of the way throughout the exercise ROM and I can feel it in my chest.

  9. BigBruvOfEnglandUK
    May 6, 2012

    Great article. I am a big fan of elastic resistance and we have a message board devoted to the subject. I have posted a link to your article on our message board

  10. tony
    January 18, 2013

    gorilla bands the best ive found these things are beast

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