Resistance Bands: Use Them? Recommendations?

  • turtleneckjoc...

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    May 20, 2012 5:41 PM GMT
    I did a little research here to see if there was a thread on this topic, but it started and died three years ago, so......

    A great buddy of mine on here suggested I try resistance bands as my time and work schedule limits going to a gym. Also, I don't think I would get the individual attention I really need from a personal trainer, therefore, I'm going to make the investment in resistance bands.

    After seeing what is out there, I noticed all kinds of sizes, prices and the like. My main focus will be my abs to reduce middle age spread and to tone up all over. The proverbial six pack is not important to me, but the overall conditioning and weight loss will be.

    I need help here with what to buy. Please let me know what you recommend. I have seen several You Tube video demos and information on www.livestrong.com which will help me regarding exercises and the like, but I need to know what to get first. How do I get started?

    And this could be a separate topic, but what cardio would be best along with resistant band training. I don't have the stamina to run and prefer walking (I also want to explore Chi Walking more in depth). How many times a week? How long? I have to do my walking on a treadmill indoors because I become quickly drained due to the Florida heat and humidity. Recommendations there??

    Thanks guys. Appreciate your input. A response here is fine or if you want to e-mail it to me, that's great too.
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    May 20, 2012 6:21 PM GMT
    I messed around with some for a short period a long time ago, as a lower-cost option before I started investing in home gym equipment.
    - the cheap ones that were available at that time didn't offer much useful resistance
    - they seemed to force one into an un-natural range of motion. Some systems use elaborate expensive jigs (e.g. soloflex) to correct this. But at that price one might as well buy real weights.

    I might look into them again, if I start spending more time on the boat. My current feeling is that bodyweight exercises are a more useful budget option.
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    May 20, 2012 7:17 PM GMT
    As an alternative, you might consider TRX. In addition to the straps, they have different courses that give good structure to the program.

    http://www.trxtraining.com/
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    May 20, 2012 7:28 PM GMT
    i use resistance bands in the pool. when i'm kicking i place one around my ankles to tighten my kick & get more "floppy" with my upper foot. then i will stand in about 4ft high water, place both hands on my hip points & do repetitions of 30 where i keep on leg grounded, stationary, and abduct the other leg. here is a video, i do it standing to ensure proper alignment but this fox is on her side.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToddMI8D1-c

    helps with the inguinal muscles, aka the devil's horns.

    do yoga too!
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    May 20, 2012 11:27 PM GMT
    Thanks to those who have responded to this point.

    Socalfitness, I did check out TRX sometime back and revisited them again per your suggestion. They system looks good, but is it for someone that is starting out in this (like me)? I see that as something to consider down the road (right now), and wondering if the cost can be justified for a newbie. It is a good program and I like the idea. Wondering if something like that now would be worth it.

    Checked out the video you indicated, streamline. I think I can do that and get some results, and the area I'm targeting is the midsection, but would like to strengthen my legs as well (have to do more with my legs thanks to a pair of back surgeries). Yoga is something I would want to add to the mix down the road too. Thanks for the reminder.

    I still need some ideas on what a beginner should get and how much to invest right out the chute. Also, if anyone has ideas on mixing in a little cardio with this, and if that is a good idea, I'm ready to hear about it.
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    May 20, 2012 11:49 PM GMT
    This is a description from a particular course:

    http://www.evolutionsannapolis.com/trx-clinic/
    The TRX Suspension Trainer is an effective and versatile exercise tool that works for ALL fitness levels, age groups and physical abilities. This 90 minute clinic will cover the benefits, components and set-up of the TRX, basic guide lines, intensity adjustment and a 20–25 minute workout. Reserve your spot now!

    I think their ads show hard core users, including SEALS, as a marketing strategy to dispel the notion that exercise without weights is not serious.

    That said, some of the exercises might be challenging, especially from a balance point of view, but you can "cheat" by holding on to a chair. Also the angle that you perform most exercises determines the degree of difficulty.

    Looks like they moved to a new forum program and I don't see past discussion that would help, but you can always call their customer service and ask. They are pretty straight-shooters.
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    May 20, 2012 11:49 PM GMT
    You don't have to invest a lot. I use them all the time (they're great if you're tall with long muscles). You can get an Everlast set that'll suit you fine for around $30, so if you have to replace them, you haven't broken your bank. I've had the last set I bought for over a year now.


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    May 21, 2012 12:11 AM GMT
    turtleneckjock saidI did check out TRX sometime back and revisited them again per your suggestion. They system looks good, but is it for someone that is starting out in this (like me)? I see that as something to consider down the road (right now), and wondering if the cost can be justified for a newbie..


    As far as the cost... I still can't see how their $250 "kit" contains anything that you can't pick up at the hardware store for $5. Total. Even if you buy marine grade stuff, the total wouldn't go over $25.

    And speaking of boats (I did, up there ^ ) here's a chick who set herself up on her foredeck with just a few odds and ends from the rigging bucket. (Of course, it turns out, she's trying to sell her little book, too.)

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    May 21, 2012 12:45 AM GMT
    Not to pull away from your question, but a jump rope is easily stashed in a car for use when i am away from home, i still need to work out, and will be too tired when i get home. Just stop by a park and get some cardio in :0)
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    May 21, 2012 6:05 PM GMT
    Elusium saidYou don't have to invest a lot. I use them all the time (they're great if you're tall with long muscles). You can get an Everlast set that'll suit you fine for around $30, so if you have to replace them, you haven't broken your bank. I've had the last set I bought for over a year now.


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    ^Perfect way to start. Then later work up to the TRX system.
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    May 22, 2012 3:06 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    Elusium saidYou don't have to invest a lot. I use them all the time (they're great if you're tall with long muscles). You can get an Everlast set that'll suit you fine for around $30, so if you have to replace them, you haven't broken your bank. I've had the last set I bought for over a year now.


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    ^Perfect way to start. Then later work up to the TRX system.


    I think a set from Everlast is probably the way I'm going to go. I had seen a set in the above pic, but could only find it on ebay to where they were bought in bulk (promotional item, I suppose).

    After doing more homework, I would guess to get something that's "medium heavy," as the lighter ones wouldn't do much in the way of resistance and the really heavy ones would be too...heavy...with not enough resistance.

    If I can find something under $20, that will work. I always feel guilty when I buy something for myself.
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    May 22, 2012 3:15 AM GMT
    If I didn't own them and use them constantly myself, I wouldn't recommend them. They should be readily available all over the Net (I got mine via Dick's Sporting Goods). Ultimately, you can graduate the resistance based on where you place your feet on the band. The smallest yellow band makes a great abductor workout, too. I consider them indispensable.
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    May 22, 2012 3:26 AM GMT
    They make TERRIBLE slingshots! icon_eek.gif
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    May 22, 2012 3:27 AM GMT
    But excellent strangle cords.
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    May 22, 2012 3:27 AM GMT
    Elusium saidBut excellent strangle cords.


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    May 22, 2012 3:28 AM GMT
    Elusium saidBut excellent strangle cords.


    You are putting icon_twisted.gif thoughts into my head....
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    May 22, 2012 3:30 AM GMT
    I use resistance bands for my workouts and they work, trust me. I use a band set from Gold's gym. I use all three bands in the set for my arms and shoulders. They're very good for endurance and strength training. The amount of workouts you can make with them is nuts. I recommend them to anyone that doesn't feel like spending hundreds on a gym membership icon_smile.gif
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    May 22, 2012 6:33 AM GMT
    Elusium saidBut excellent strangle cords.
    Pics or it didn't happen. icon_twisted.gif
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    May 22, 2012 6:43 AM GMT
    I used a relatively cheap pair once when I was working out of the country for 2 months. They were so cheaply made and the tubing was such cheap rubber that it ended up snapping/breaking in the middle of a stretch, and almost smacked me in the head and pieces of plastic and rubber shot all around my hotel suite.

    I did recently buy a set by Nike which are more like bungee cords, so I trust their durability. I love them as a quick hit, especially for therapeutic/rehab purposes.

    But if your focus is primarily your abs, then there are plenty of effective exercises you can do without resistance, i.e., leg lifts on a chair, bridges/planks, leg raises.
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    Jun 03, 2012 2:50 AM GMT
    Update here...."it" arrived today (I bought only one, the purple band which gives the least amount of resistance). Set me back only about $20 so if it doesn't work, at least I didn't invest a ton of money in this...

    I'll start some of the exercises with this tomorrow morning and I have been doing "wellness walks" with a co-worker at lunch. Yeah, we have been walking about 1-2 miles each day in the Florida heat and sky-high humidity!

    Clocked in today at 175 pounds, but it's all centered in one area. You guessed it, it's the waistline....and the diet has been modified to cutback on sugar intake.

    I'll keep you guys posted....