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The Strongest & Safest Bands
ElastiTone is proud to bring you a product that until recently was thought to be impossible...
Flat loop resistance / exercise bands that are higher in tension than regular latex bands, unbreakable and cheaper!
So how are these bands made?
On the outside of each band is a thick snap-resistant layer of strong yet comfortable fabric, so you don't have to worry about being injured by snapped bands or skin burn from latex rubbing against you. This protective layer is woven in a very specific pattern to create thousands of tiny loops, which straighten out when the band is stretched, allowing the band to fully stretch out without the weave ever opening up enough to expose the latex beneath to damage.
Hidden beneath the protective outer layer are a large number of latex rubber cords that can produce some serious tension.
Each band is 7mm thick and 41 Inches long when laid flat, with a width of between 2cm and 5cm. The wider the band the higher the tension and the farther you stretch the band the higher the tension becomes.
The 4cm and 5cm band's have more tension than the expensive 6.4cm and 8.3cm latex bands you may have seen, but are slimmer making them easier to hold. They are ideal for dead-lifts, squats, curls and chest presses.
Each band will stretch to a total length of 2.6 meters, which is more than enough length for all exercises except maybe the overhead press for some people, depending on their height. I am a tiny bit over 5.6 feet tall and can perform the overhead press standing on the band with my feet close together and hand's shoulder width apart. Anyone that finds they are too tall can sit on a chair with the band looped under the chair or themselves, use just one foot on the band or perform the press in a split-squat position.
A small handful of fabric and latex blend bands do exist, but they are made by placing a small number of latex cords inside a very very thin and loosely woven outer layer of fabric. Even before these bands are stretched you can easily see the latex strands beneath, which in the image below are white in color.
The space between the threads of these competitor bands opens up even more when the band is stretched, exposing the latex within to damage, then close up again when the band is relaxed which can pinch and irritate the users skin. Some users have reported that they have to wear gloves with this type of band because of this.
These rival bands also tend to be thin, around 3mm in thickness, which means they are very low in tension and not suitable for experienced or strong people looking to gain serious muscle using bands, unless they use more than one band at a time which could be awkward.
You may have also seen bands that are made from just from fabric, but these are very short and wide, designed mainly for hip and glute exercises and known as Hip or Booty bands, like in the image below...
You may have also seen longer fabric only bands, but they are quite low tension and designed mainly for stretching, rehab, warming up and things such as yoga, which is great if that is what need, but they are not much use for building muscle.
High & Honest Tension Ratings
Common latex loop bands come with a maximum tension rating that seems to be taken with the bands stretched way beyond what anyone will ever reach during normal use. For example a 3.4cm (34mm) wide 4.5mm thick latex loop band, which is a very common specification for a band, will be rated as being 35lb - 85lb by most sellers, but they are actually only around 50lb even when stretched to 3 meters, which is just over half of the stated maximum tension.
This means that the maximum ratings of latex loop bands can be very misleading to anyone who buys them unless they are aware of this fact, and in most cases the minimum tension is what you should look at when buying latex loop bands, not the maximum.
For comparison, below are ElastiTone's tension ratings taken at various lengths of stretch. This gives you a very accurate idea of the tension each band will offer you during use, and shows just how much tension these bands are capable of.
Measurements were taken to the nearest 0.5 Kilos then converted to Pounds.
If you were using common latex loop bands and wanted to achieve their maximum advertised ratings without stretching them really far, for most exercises you would need to either double up the band which would seriously reduce it's usable length, or grip the band very low down, which is what most people do. This is often not practical or comfortable and doesn't really work if your hands are sweaty, as this can make them slippery.
This brings us to our next point...
Better Comfort, More Grip
Thanks to the thick and soft fabric outer of the ElastiTone bands, they are comfortable and easy to grip! They won't pull your hairs out or give you friction burns like common latex bands can, and won't slip if your hand's are sweaty.
The bands are also more rigid than latex loops, which helps prevent them from rolling during use.
Elastitone bands are also easy to wash, simply hand-wash them or put them in the washing machine on the hand-wash setting at a temperature of 30C or less. If you don't have a hand-wash setting, use a spin speed of no more than 600 RPM or don't spin them. Do NOT put them in a dryer!
Higher Tension, Lower Price!
Anyone who has ever purchased or searched for latex loop bands will know how expensive they are, with the higher tensions costing upwards of £20 each, so you would expect unbreakable bands with higher tensions to cost more, right? Wrong!
The Orange 2cm band is £6
The Red 3cm band is £8
The Blue 4cm band is £10
The Black 5cm band is £12
A door anchor is £3.99
You can purchase all 4 bands and a door anchor for just £30, which is a saving of £9.99 (prices do not include shipping).
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Lifetime Snap Warranty!
ElastiTone is so confident that the outer snap-resistant sleeve works, that if a band ever does snap it will be replaced free of charge! You don't even need to send the old one back, just email a photo instead.
For the full warranty and return details please click HERE.
So what's the catch?
Unfortunately, no resistance band on the market is perfect, all types of bands have their pros and cons and none of them are indestructible.
The limitations of using a protective anti-snap fabric outer are as follows...
A small number of threads, mainly at the very edges of the band, may loosen up after use. This is normal, does not affect the functionality or tension of the band, is not noticeable during use and it purely cosmetic.
If the user is wearing footwear such as trainers or shoes when standing on the band, the fabric becomes trapped and cannot move freely. This causes the fabric that isn't trapped to pull against the fabric that is trapped when the band is stretched and get badly pulled out of place. To avoid this simply exercise in socks or bare feet when standing on the bands, since feet are naturally soft and curved and do not trap the fabric. Gripping the bands tightly may also cause the above issue.
Also obviously you will need to be careful to avoid rough surfaces and jewelery that might damage or catch on the fabric.
If you can live with the above then you will get 4 bands that come with a lifetime snap warranty and more tension than any latex bands of the same width, plus a door anchor for just £30. This is the same cost in many cases as just 1 wide high tension latex band!
Bands or Weights, which is better?
Muscles grow during the repair process when they recover from being stressed, regardless of whether that stress comes from a weight, a band or even your own body weight. Free weights and resistance bands are not in competition with each other and never will be, they are simply different tools for the same job. Both will stress your muscles and cause growth, they just use a different method to do so. Bands do however have many advantages over free weights...
Resistance band training involves the application of elastic resistance to cause muscle contraction, rather than gravity.
Weight training provides the majority of the resistance at the beginning, in the initiation of the movement, when the muscle must overcome the inertia of the weight’s mass. After this point, the overall resistance alters depending on the angle of the joints being used.
Or in simple terms….
Dumbbells do no not give the same kind of workout as a band can because dumbbells are harder to lift at the bottom (the beginning) of the curl, up to the halfway mark when your forearm is at 90 degrees to your elbow, after they pass this mark the weight is greatly reduced the more you curl due to the way the angle of the elbow effects the weight and force applied to the muscle. For example, at the top of a curl the weight is almost falling into your shoulder which is of no benefit to your muscles.
The above is why people can do a lot more curls from the middle to the top than from the start to the middle, or walk around for ages holding a loaded barbell against chest height, because the joint's angle and the direction of gravity have helped relieve most of the stress. Of course, you can get around this by bending over or lying facing down on a bench to do all of your bicep curls, but that's not really ideal.
Elastic resistance (tensile force) however, provides a more progressive amount of resistance throughout the entire range of motion. Elastic resistance gradually rises and provides the greatest resistance at the end of the motion, when the band is stretched to the greatest extent. This allows the user to put more stress on their muscles towards the end of the motion and less at the beginning.
As an example, most people would struggle to lift a 30Kg dumbbell as they would not be able to lift it from the start of the curl onwards due to their muscles not being able to handle the weight and gravity pulling the arm straight down before they have even begun. With a band the resistance gradually progresses, enabling the user to perform the full curl, and exert 30Kg of tension upon the muscle at the top of the curl.
Resistance bands can also challenge your muscles in a way that free weights simply can't and give you more exercise possibilities. For example you cannot row with free weights properly unless doing so straight up and down, the only alternative is an expensive cable or rowing machine, but with bands you can also row forwards, backwards, diagonal, literally any direction or angle you can think of, thus training your muscles in a way you may not have trained them before.
Of course, there are some exercises such as the bench press, dead lift and squats, were the user benefits from the constant weight that free weights offer on a vertical plane, and does not need or want the increasing tension bands offer. Also, a dead-lift obviously cannot be done properly or effectively with an exercise band anyway, as you are not lifting a dead weight off the ground, which is the entire point of the dead lift, so why not...
Combine weights and bands for the ultimate workout!
Many people like to attach bands to their weights in order to get a lot more out of a workout than they could otherwise achieve.
This way you get the benefit of the weight and the band at the same time, which is great for stepping up your routine and fantastic for breaking out of a plateau, since your muscles like to be challenged in ways they haven’t been before which may encourage growth. You can also use bands to confuse your muscles, e.g. spend 1 or 2 weeks using weights only and the next 1 or 2 weeks using bands only for more variety.
Safer than weights & easier on your joints!
The major problem with weights is that they are a weight! With bands, you are not holding any weight in your hands worth mentioning, so there is never any pressure or strain on body parts such as your back or knees until you begin the exercise, which means keeping perfect form is much easier and the chance of injury is vastly reduced. This also makes them great for rehabilitation and training after an injury.
Very light & portable, exercise anywhere, anytime!
Bands are very light and portable which allows you to take them with you anywhere! On holiday, to a hotel room, on business trips, to work, camping and so on.