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High Tension, Unbreakable Resistance Bands
ElastiTone is proud to bring you a product that until recently was thought to be impossible...
Flat loop resistance / exercise bands that are capable of being higher in tension than latex bands, and are also unbreakable and therefore ultra safe!
So how are the bands made?
On the outside of each band is a layer of strong yet also comfortable fabric, which is woven in a very specific pattern to create thousands of tiny loops. These tiny loops straighten out when the band is stretched, allowing the band to stretch up to 2.6 meters (8.5 foot) in length without the weave ever opening up and exposing the latex beneath to damage.
Hidden beneath the fabric outer layer are a large number of latex cords that can produce some serious tension. Each band is 7mm thick with a width of between 20mm and 50mm, the wider the band the higher the tension.
All of the above ensures a comfortable and perhaps more importantly safe experience. You can now finally exercise without the worry of being injured by a snapped band!
When latex bands snap, injuries can range from a bruise to blindness depending on where they hit you and how hard. Even if you managed to avoid getting injured, you would still have to obtain a new band, which may injure your wallet as good quality latex bands are certainly not cheap, with high tension ones costing £20+ each.
I have seen fabric / latex blend bands before, how are ElastiTone's bands different?
A handful of fabric bands designed to compete with latex bands do exist, but they are made by placing a small number of latex cords inside a thin and loosely woven outer layer of fabric. Even before they are stretched you can clearly see the white latex strands beneath, as in the image below...
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.
The rival bands are also very thin, about 3-4 mm, which means they are very low in tension and not suitable for people looking to gain serious muscle using bands unless they use more tha one band at a time, which can 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 can also get longer fabric only bands, but they are quite low tension and designed mainly for stretching, rehab, warming up and yoga, not for bodybuilding. Some people do market them as being for bodybuilding and give them non-specific tension ratings such as Light, Medium, Heavy and sometimes even Extra Heavy, but unfortuatley even beginners will find they don't offer much of a challenge.
ElastiTone's design is considered to be far superior to all of the above competitor designs, the only downside is that some of the thousands of tiny woven loops may become larger after use, resembling a pulled thread on a piece of clothing. This mainly happens at the very edges of the band and does not have any effect on the bands tension or functionality, it is just cosmetic and therefore it is not regarded as an issue most people will care about given all of the other benefits, but it's worth mentioning anyway for the sake of honesty.
This brings us to ElastiTone's next benefit...
High, Honest Tension Ratings
Common latex bands come with a max tension rating that has been taken with the band stretched to around 3.5 meters, depending on the brand. This is considered the max length for safe use but is very rarely reached during most exercises. This means that the max rating of latex loop bands can be very misleading to consumers unless they are aware of this.
Below are the approximate tension ratings of the 4 most popular and common widths of latex loop bands on the market, when stretched to a total of 3 meters in length (2 meters of stretch plus the bands 1 meter of resting length) compared with their advertised ratings.
All bands were 4.5mm thick (some sellers state this as 5mm even if it is 4.5mm), made of layered natural latex, with a length of approx 1 meter when laid flat and a circumference of 208cm, which is the exact specification for 99% of latex loop bands on the market, regardless of the branding printed on them.
45mm wide band - 73Lb. Rated 50-125Lb.
34mm wide band - 50Lb. Rated 40-80Lb.
22mm wide band - 35Lb. Rated 30-60Lb.
13mm wide band - 20Lb. Rated 15-35Lb.
As you can see, even at 3 meters, which is more than anyone will need most of the time, they are well below the max rating and closer to the minimum rating. On average they seem to offer around 15lb per cm of width.
For comparison, below are ElastiTone's tension ratings taken at 2.6 meters and measured in Kilograms, since ElastiTone is a UK business. This gives you a better idea of the tension the band will offer you during use and shows just how much tension these bands are capable of!
50mm wide Black band - 50Kg
40mm wide Blue band - 40Kg TBC
30mm wide Red band - 30Kg TBC
20mm wide Orange band - 20Kg TBC
TBC = To Be Confirmed, the products are currently in the testing phase so the exact final tensions for the bands below 50mm width are not yet known. Testing on the 50mm band has been completed and confirmed to be 50Kg. We are still waiting for the factory to verify the exact tension of the others but it should be around 10Kg per cm of width.
2.6 meters is the max stretch length for these bands, beyond this the fabric will no longer allow the band to stretch, but because the bands are a loop you get 2.6 meters per side! This is enough length for all exercises except perhaps the standing overhead press if you are tall. If your hands are higher than 2.6 meters minus your foot spacing when raised above your head, you will need to use just one foot on the band, sit down or use a split squat position. This is actually a little more length than the old ElastiTone sleeved tubular latex bands offered, as the sleeve only allowed around 5 meters of stretch.
If you were using common latex bands and wanted to achieve the maximum advertised ratings, for most exercises you would need to grip the band quite low down, which 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 yet another benefit of the new ElastiTone bands...
Better Comfort, More Grip
Thanks to the thick, soft and strong 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.
After gripping them the wider bands, which will fold over when gripped tightly so they fit in your hands, will actually retain the shape of your grip due to them being more rigid than latex loops, which are very floppy and bendy in comparison. Some people will like this feature as it helps prevent them rolling up during use, and other people may dislike it, but they can easily be flattened out again by manipulating them back in to shape with your thumb and fingers.
They are also easy to wash, simply hand-wash them or put them in the washing machine on the hand-wash setting. If you don't have a hand-wash setting, use a temperature of 30C with a spin speed of 600 rpm.
High Quality, Low 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 to cost more, right? Wrong!
Not only is the individual band price low when compared to latex bands, but they can also be purchased in higher amounts for max savings!
The Low tension band is £7
The Medium tension band is £10
The High tension band is £13
The Max tension 50KG band is £16
A door anchor is £3.99
You can purchase all 4 bands and a door anchor for £40, which is a saving of £10 (minus shipping).
Or, if you don't need 1 of each band, but would still like more than 1 band, you can purchase 2 or more to get 12% off, which will be automatically applied at the checkout!
If you purchase 4 or more band's you will get a FREE door anchor for a limited time!
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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.