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Snap-Resistant, High Tension Bands
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ElastiTone is proud to bring you a product that until recently was thought to be impossible...
Loop resistance / exercise bands that are not only higher in tension than regular latex bands, but also snap-proof and now much 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 strong latex cords, as can be seen in the image below...
There are far more cords inside ElastiTone bands than in rival fabric/latex blend bands you may of seen.
Each band is approximately 7mm thick with a 5mm layer of latex in the centre and is 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 only around 3mm thick, are low in tension, and are made by placing a thin layer 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 will open 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.
You may have also seen bands that at first glance look similar to ElastiTone's, as shown below...
These bands may look similar but they are fabric only, which makes them much lower in tension. They are designed mainly for stretching, rehab, warming up and things such as yoga, they are not really suitable for body builders and therefore cannot compete with ElastiTone's bands if you are a strong individual looking for muscle gains.
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 and popular 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, 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 unless they are aware of this fact, and in most cases the minimum tension is what you should look at when buying competitor 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 and honest 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 ever been seen before at this price point, with the Black 5cm wide band offering more tension than much wider latex band's that can cost £30+ each! Even the 3cm wide Red band has more tension when stretched to 2.2 meters than the regular 3.4cm wide latex bands have at 3 meters!
Obviously because of the high tension they are best suited to people looking to gain muscle and not for Yoga or anything that required light tension. The Black and Blue bands are very high in tension ,because of this they are best suited to squats and chest presses and not much else, but I have heard beginners also like to use the Blue band for assisted pull-ups.
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 usability, or grip the band very low down. This 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, regardless of brand, 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, ElastiTone bands 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 they 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 shown below...
The sleeve also makes them less prone to twisting or rolling up during use than regular latex bands, which is another bonus.
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
The Red 3cm band is
The Blue 4cm band is
The Black 5cm band is
A set of all 4 bands is
A door anchor is £2.50
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 refunded. 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 design on the market is perfect.
ElastiTone's unique design solves all of the competitor design flaws mentioned earlier and adds more benefits. The only minor issue is that if the bands are stretched around any object that has flat sides, the bands may grip on to the edges , which can prevent the tiny loops of the sleeve along those edges from straightening and cause them to pull adjacent loops out of place, as shown in the close-up image below...
Simply fold a towel 2 or more times and place it between the band and whatever you are wrapping it around, this will prevent the band from gripping on to any edges. If wearing footwear when standing on the bands, make sure you place the towel between the band and your feet, since footwear is generally flat with sides and can also cause the above issue. A band protector will also work, but a towel is something everybody already owns :)
If you only wrap the bands around curved objects such as pull-up bars and barbells, and don't wear footwear when standing on the bands, then obviously you won't need to use a towel.
Note: The price has now been massively reduced to compensate for the above minor flaw, making them even more of a bargain!
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.