Searching for Exercise Bands?
ElastiTone offers you...
Snap-Resistant, High Tension Bands
With a Lifetime Snap Warranty
At a Low Price!
Full details below...
ElastiTone is proud to bring you a product that until recently was thought to be impossible...
Loop resistance / exercise bands that are not just higher in tension than regular latex bands, but also unbreakable and cheaper!
So how are these bands made?
On the outside of each band is a thick layer of strong yet soft 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.
The outer fabric is woven around and through a large number of latex cords, as can be seen below...
There are far more cords latex inside ElastiTone band's than rival designs, which results in higher levels of resistance and a more robust band.
Each band is approximately 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, which we will discuss later.
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 approximately 5' 8" 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 themselves, use just one foot on the band or perform the press in a split-squat position, just like you would with sleeved tubular bands, which also have around 2.6 meters per side.
The bands are also washable, simply hand-wash them or use a washing machine set to 30c and a spin speed of 600rpm. Do NOT put them in a dryer.
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 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, and contain only a small amount of latex cords within, which means they are quite low in tension and not really suitable for experienced or strong people looking to gain serious muscle using bands, unless they use more than one band at a time, which can be awkward and expensive.
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 fabric only bands that are longer than booty bands, but they are low tension and designed mainly for stretching, rehab, warming up and things such as yoga.
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 latex loop band, will be rated as being 35lb - 85lb by most sellers, despite them being around just 50lb even when stretched to 3 meters, a length you will never reach during 99% of exercises.
This means that the maximum ratings of latex loop bands can be very misleading to anyone who buys them, 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 more tension these bands are capable of.
Measurements were taken to the nearest 0.5 Kilos then converted to Pounds.
As you can see, ElastiTone loop bands offer tensions that have never been seen before at this price point, with the Black 5cm band offering more tension than much wider latex band's that can cost £30+ each! Even the 3cm wide Red band has more tension at 2.2 meters than the regular 3.4cm latex bands do at 3 meters.
If you were using regular latex loop bands and wanted to achieve their stated 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 lower down, which is often not practical or comfortable and doesn't really work if your hands are sweaty, as this can make them slippery, which brings us to our next benefit...
All Loop bands are designed to be used without the need for handles, instead you simply hold on to the band. Thanks to the thick and soft fabric outer of the ElastiTone bands, they are more comfortable and easier to grip than the competition. 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.
If you prefer to hold on to something solid, you can very easily use them with a barbel, or anything similar you probably already own, such as a broom handle. Simply thread one end of the band through the other and pull tight, as below...
ElastiTone bands are also more rigid than regular latex ones, which helps prevent them from twisting or rolling during use.
Anyone who has ever purchased or searched for latex loop bands will know how expensive they are, with the higher tensions often costing £20 - £40 each, so you would expect snap-resistant 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 £11
The Black 5cm band is £14
All 4 bands are priced at £29.50
A door anchor is £3.99
ElastiTone is so confident that the outer snap-resistant sleeve works, that if a band ever does snap, which is incredibly unlikely, 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.
Unfortunately, no resistance band on the market is perfect, all designs have their pros and cons.
As mentioned earlier, the protective fabric outer of the bands is made up of many tiny fabric loops, which straighten out when the band is stretched. The limitations of this are that as the band is stretched around any object that has flat sides, the sides/edges will grip the band, preventing it from moving freely, and trap the tiny fabric loops in place. This can cause adjacent fabric loops to pull against the trapped loops, which may cause them to pull of place.
To help avoid this, follow the recommendations below...
Only wrap the bands around curved objects such as pull-up bars and barbells, and avoid using any type of footwear when standing on the bands, since footwear is generally quite flat bottomed with sides that will also grip the band when stretched. The bands are very soft and comfy to stand on, so you can simply use socks or bare feet instead. Slippers may also work.
A small number of loops at the very outer edge of the bands may loosen up a little after use. This is normal and is not noticable during use as it does not affect the tension or functionality of the bands.
As already mentioned, the bands come with a lifetime snap warranty, far more tension than latex only equivalent bands, are safer, comfier to use and are much much cheaper! If you can live with the above then you will get an absolute bargain, as the intended retail price of the bands has been reduced dramatically because of this minor issue.
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.