Frequently Asked Questions
Any question that is asked, that is not mentioned below, will be added if applicable!
Which set should I buy?
Simple, you should buy the Pro Ultra set. Why? Because it contains all the bands you should ever need! In fact the Pro 5 beginner set has now been discontinued since the Pro Ultra was so popular it became about the same price as the Pro 5, which is fantastic news for everybody!
There is also a Mamba edition of the Pro Ultra which includes the Black Mamba band, designed for very strong individuals, but to be honest you do not NEED it, you can simply use the Extra Heavy band and another band together, which will give you around the same or more tension than the Mamba depending which band you add. The Pro Ultra is the cheapest and best option all round for everybody.
I only want 1 or 2 bands, which should I choose?
This is up to you, but you should bear in mind that It is simply impossible to use 1 or 2 bands and do a variety of exercises. The limited tension will be too much for some exercises and not enough for others, it is vital in my opinion that you buy a full set if you want to perform a full variety of exercises otherwise you will be disappointed.
There is a Quad Tension set offering only the 4 heaviest bands if you just want those but I would still recommend a full set over this, especially since the price difference is very small. The lighter bands are essential for adding a bit more tension when you outgrow a band, for example when you get used to curling the Heavy band, or if it is already not enough, you might want to use the Light band at the same time to up the tension, as jumping to the Extra Heavy right away might be too much.
How do ElastiTone bands compare to Bodylastics? They claim their bands out perform all others?...
Claiming their bands outperform all others is ridiculous and is just a marketing strategy in my opinion. The tubing they use is IDENTICAL to the tubing ElastiTone and some other brands use and in fact comes from the exact same factory. The only difference is the chosen thickness of the tubing.
Regarding thickness of the tubing, ElastiTone's Mamba band is thicker than all of bodylastics bands, our blue Medium and Black Heavy bands are also thicker than bodylastic's Blue and Black bands, the rest are the same thickness the last time I checked. Bodylastic's have a Purple band that is inbetween the Heavy and Extra Heavy that we do not, but you can get the same effect by combining the Heavy band with a Lighter band.
Regarding Anti-snap, Bodylastics use a cord inside the bands to limit the length you can stretch them to help you avoid breaking them, Elastitone uses a sleeve instead, which not only helps you avoid breaking them in the same way a cord does by limiting the length, but also protects the outside of the band from wear and tear and the user from injury if the band does snap.
I considered some kind of internal cord but it was felt that an internal cord would possibly rub against the inside of the band which could cause the inner hole to become larger and the tension to decrease over time, and it wouldn't protect the user from injury eithe if the cord did somehow break. Wear is not a problem with a sleeve as the material glides smoothly over the outside of the band with no adverse effects.
Regarding quality and strength of the attachments and components, they are pretty much the same. ElastiTone uses plated iron rings on the bands and plated iron carbine clips on the handles and straps, Bodylastics do this the other way around. ElastiTone experimented with both ways and found that putting the rings on the bands and the clips on the attachments was much better, because it reduced the weight of the set, reduced the chances of a carbine clip malfunctioning as there are less of them, allowed people to clip the handles etc on to other types of bands and equipment they may own, such as flat loop bands and suspension trainers, and most importantly also eliminated the large rings on the handles from digging into and rubbing against peoples forearms during some exercises which was a very annoying problem. If you want to attach your bands too other objects or yourself you can still do this by using the straps, loop anchor, or the 3 removable carbine clips that come with the straps and door anchor included in every set.
So which is better, Bodylastics or ElastiTone? Well, it really depends on what you are looking for. The quality and performance is around the same for both, and both will serve you well. Bodylastics most certainly don't outperform ALL other brands though.
Is there an exercise manual?
A collection of exercises and workouts taken from the internet are available HERE for those that want to see how to use them.
Safety instructions and all the basic info you need to know before you start are available from the link at the top of the purchase page and in your receipt.
Making more exercise videos and manuals seems pointless given the sheer amount of free videos, blog's and guides online containing instructions on how to use resistance bands. I have not read a single manual that contained any info that could not already be found online for free on countless websites.
Bands are used in almost the exact same way as free weights and cable machines, the only real difference is that you either stand on the band or anchor it to keep it in place, depending on what you want to do. Other than that, you use them in the same way excatly, a curl is still a curl, a press is still a press, a row is still a row. Using resistance bands is for the most part just common sense.
Do you offer bulk or wholesale discounts?
Any available bulk discounts etc will be shown on the purchase page. Since the value of the GBP is now very low discounts are now very small and no further discounts are available at this time. This may change when/if the ¬£ recovers. When ElastiTone started, 1 GBP was worth over 1.6 USD, it is now around 1.3. If Britain remains in the EU the pound may go above 1.6, but if we leave the EU it may never recover to what it was, but who knows, only time will tell. I have no personal preference either way, both have advantages and disadvantages.
I would like to sell/promote your products, how do I do this?
ElastiTone does not sell too other retailers because the profit margin is already quite low, so there is no room for 3rd party retailers to make it worth their while. For this reason ElastiTone does not use affiliates or promoters. The only place you will find ElastiTone products for sale is from the ElastiTone site, or from ebay seller dprichardson.
If you see ElastiTone bands for sale anywhere else it is 100% guaranteed that they are 2nd hand or fake, and the warranty is non transferable with 2nd hand bands as there is no way of knowing how they have been used or treated.
What are your contact details?
A link to the contact details is at the bottom of every single page. Or you can click HERE
Do you ship to outside the UK?
No, not anymore due to courier shipping costs being far too high and other shipping related complications.
Do you sell on eBay, Amazon etc?
In the past ElastiTone have sold on Amazon, but no longer do due to Amazons high sales fee percentage. When you are selling with low profit margins, Amazon is simply not a viable option.
ElastiTone products can be found on eBay but only a small selection, and prices may sometimes be 10% higher to cover eBay fees etc.
Can you make shorter bands or bands to my specification?
Bands cannot be altered in any way, shape or form because they are made in a non-European latex tubing factory to ElastiTone's exact specs, as is the case with all other retailers of layered bands, as the process is almost exclusive to Asia and cannot be re-produced at a low enough price anywhere else to make using it for resistance bands feasible.
To have custom bands made would require large minimum orders, which comes with a high risk if you should change your mind, therefore for custom bands you must find your own manufacturer.
Are your bands easy to snap?
The anti-snap sleeve helps prevents snapping by limiting the max length a band can stretch, therefore helping to eliminating overstretch in many cases, which is the biggest cause of breakages. If a band does snap within the sleeve it will be replaced anyway under the terms of the Anti-Snap warranty, so you don't have to worry about it. No bands in the world today are snap proof because everything has a breaking point. There is not and never will be any such thing as snap-proof rubber bands.
I have noticed some wear marks / scratches / etc on my band or component after use, can I have a new one?
No, wear and tear is not covered by the defects warranty as it is not a defect, just a side effect of use. Please see the warranty page for full details. You are covered against manufacturer defects and breakages, but not things that occur from normal usage. If however these problems are apparent when you receive the products then of course a replacement can be sent, but you must notify ElastiTone within 14 days of receipt of the problem and email an image of the damage.
Are bands as good as free weights?
Free weights and resistance bands are not necessarily in competition with each other, they are just different in the way that they stress your muscles, which is what makes them grow. Think of them as different tools for the same job.
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. Bands do however have many many advantages over free weights. See towards the bottom of the home page for more info.