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Snap-Resistant, High Tension Bands
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At a Low Price!
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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 latex inside ElastiTone band's than rival designs, which results in heavy / higher levels of tension and a more progressive feel.
Each band is approximately 7mm thick including the fabric, with a 5mm layer of latex cords inside, and measures 41 Inches long when laid flat. They are available in widths of between 2cm and 5cm., the wider the band the higher the tension level, which we will discuss later.
Each band will allow a stretch of 2.6 meters per side, which is enough length for all exercises you can think of, except maybe the overhead press. I am approximately 5 feet 8 inches 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 allow 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 600 rpm. 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 fabric only bands that look similar to ElastiTone's, but they are also low in tension and are designed mainly for stretching, rehab, warming up and things such as yoga, they are not really suitable for body building.
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 BUT they only offer 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, and in most cases the minimum tension is what you should look at when buying latex loop bands, not the maximum, as it is the minimum you will get getting during most scenarios.
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's fabric/latex blend loop bands offer much more tension, 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 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 neither practical or comfortable and doesn't work if your hands are sweaty, as this will make them slippery, which brings us to the next benefit of fabric bands...
All Loop bands are designed to be used without handles, instead you simply hold on to the band. Thanks to the thick and soft fabric outer of the ElastiTone bands they comfortable, easy to grip, non-slip and won't pull your hairs out or give you friction burns like common latex bands can.
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 up 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
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 £4.00
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 on the market is perfect, they all their pros and cons.
With normal latex bands their weak point is the latex itself, it is exposed and therefore prone to damage, will dry out or weaken if exposed to sunlight, and can cause injury if it breaks during use.
ElastiTone's sleeve design solves the above issues, however 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 if the band is placed around or under any object that has flat sides, the band can grip on to the edge of those sides as it is stretched around them, which could prevent the loops in that area for straightening out and cause the adjacent loops to be pulled out of place, as shown below in the close up image.
Just fold a towel or similar item 3+ 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, corners etc. 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 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 don't need to use a towel.
Note: The price has now been massively reduced to compensate for the above minor design fault, making them an absolute bargain that is currently unmatched in terms of safety and tension levels, even at much higher prices.
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.